Mumbai: In a blood-splattered occasion of life imitating artwork, a reminiscence that Mumbai hasn’t been in a position to shake off even after 25 years, 41-year-old music mogul and movie producer Gulshan Kumar, founder of the Super Cassettes Industries, now well-known as T-Series, was gunned down on August 12, 1997.
A spiritual man, Kumar was exterior the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir in Andheri West, Mumbai, when 16 bullets have been pumped into him by contract killers Daud Merchant alias Abdul Rauf and his brother Rashid Merchant. The man who began out because the maker of audio cassettes after which went on to construct a music empire, succumbed to his accidents on the spot.
And as if that was not stunning sufficient, one of the principle accused was music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifi of the well-known Nadeem-Shravan duo, who had famously composed hit numbers for movies reminiscent of ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Saajan’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’, amongst a number of others underneath the T-Series label, and chartbuster albums out of the label, notably ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Dhadkan’.
In their 400-page chargesheet, the Mumbai Police named 26 folks, together with Nadeem and Ramesh Taurani, co-owner and managing director of Tips Industries; each have been listed as co-conspirators.
Nadeem-Shravan fashioned the core of the T-Series artistic workforce together with lyricist Sameer and the playback singer Anuradha Paudwal, who was stated to be very near Gulshan Kumar.
According to the fees laid out by the Mumbai Police, Nadeem paid for the murder of Kumar as a result of of a private dispute over his album ‘Hai Ajanabi’. Nadeem felt Gulshan Kumar didn’t give correct publicity to the album, whereas within the music producer’s opinion, the album failed as a result of of Nadeem`s below-par tonal high quality as a singer.
The police claimed Nadeem paid Abu Salem for the assasination. The gangster was anyway plotting to kill Kumar in tandem with Dawood Ibrahim because the music mogul had refused to pay safety cash to D-Company.
Nadeem vehemently denied the cost, claiming he was vacationing in London on the time of the killing, after which slipped away to British capital, the place he continues to dwell, regardless of a number of makes an attempt to get him extradited. The police, in the meantime, have been extra centered on the D-Company, which was then on the top of organised crime.
Taurani, who was lastly exonerated by the Bombay High Court final 12 months, was upset with Gulshan Kumar as a result of, in response to the police who based mostly ]themselves totally on the accounts of two witnesses, he was undercutting costs so sharply that Tips was shedding closely.
Ironically, 1997 was an excellent 12 months for Tips as a result of of the success of ‘Daud’, ‘Gupt’ and ‘Pardes’. The music for ‘Pardes’ was composed by Nadeem-Shravan. And the music label’s largest hits of 1996 — ‘Raja Hindustani’, ‘Jeet’ and ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ — have been all composed by the duo, in response to up to date information reviews.
The Gulshan Kumar murder trial started in June 2001. The Mumbai Sessions Court Judge, M.L. Tahilyani, who later sentenced Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to loss of life for his function within the 26/11 assaults, sentenced Rauf to life imprisonment for killing Kumar.
Twenty years later, on July 1, 2021, the Bombay High Court upheld Rauf’s conviction. Rashid Merchant, his brother, who was acquitted by the decrease courtroom, was additionally sentenced to life, however Taurani was exonerated.
As for Nadeem, in an interview with ‘ETimes’, he said that the fees levelled towards by the Mumbai Police and Gulshan Kumar’s youthful brother, Kishan Kumar, have been a conspiracy to border him. He identified that each attainable courtroom, from the Mumbai Sessions Judge to the UK High Court, had “confirmed that there wasn`t an iota of proof towards me”. The fallen composer added: “It was a pre-emptive want to call and body me. I used to be persecuted and focused.”
Nadeem final composed the monitor ‘Aankhon Mein Aansoo’ for the industrial and important dud ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana’ (2017), whereas his artistic different half, Shravan Kumar Rathod, died from Covid-19 issues on the age of 66 in Mumbai’s S.L. Raheja Hospital on April 22, 2021.
It’s been 25 years since Gulshan Kumar was killed in chilly blood for not succumbing to the calls for of extortionist ganglords. The leisure trade has considerably cleaned up its act within the intervening years, however Sidhu Moosewala’s killing reveals that each one remains to be not effectively within the gray space the place the world of leisure collides with the forces of extortion.