How T-series founder Gulshan Kumar’s rags to riches story met with a tragic end - Blast from the past
Akshay Kumar has been signed up for a biopic on T-series founder Gulshan Kumar, ‘Mogul’.
T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar’s rags to riches story had inspired an entire generation. But the music baron fell prey to the infamous Mumbai underworld of the nineties.
He was born on May 5th in Delhi in the family of a humble juice-seller. He started out by helping in his family’s business. Later, when the family acquired a small shop selling records and cheap audio cassettes, Kumar took over the reins.
Very soon, he decided to open his own label. Having tasted success with the label, he moved base to Mumbai. Henceforth began the prolific rise of T-Series under him. He launched many a cult figure such as Sonu Nigam. He ventured into production as well – his movies are still remembered for their iconic music.
By the mid-nineties, he was the undisputed king of Bollywood music. However, all this came crashing when sixteen bullets were pumped into the immensely religious Kumar near the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir on August 12, 1997.
Gangster Abu Salem was speculated to be behind the killing since Kumar had rejected his extortion demand of 10 crores.
Later on, police alleged that Kumar’s competitor, Ramesh Taurani of Tips Music had paid off Salem with 25 lakhs to kill Kumar.
Music composer Nadeem Saifi was also indicted – he fled to UK and never set foot on India again.
After his death, T-Series was helmed by his 19 year old son Bhushan Kumar. It was his dream to make a biopic on his father.