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, founding father of the Tremendous Cassettes Industries, now well-known as T-Collection, was gunned down on August 12, 1997.
A non secular man, Kumar was outdoors the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir in Andheri West, Mumbai, when 16 bullets had been pumped into him by contract killers Daud Service provider alias Abdul Rauf and his brother Rashid Service provider. The person 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 surprising sufficient, one of many fundamental 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-Collection label, and chartbuster albums out of the label, notably ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Dhadkan’.
Of their 400-page chargesheet, the Mumbai Police named 26 folks, together with Nadeem and Ramesh Taurani, co-owner and managing director of Ideas Industries; each had been listed as co-conspirators.
Nadeem-Shravan fashioned the core of the T-Collection inventive group together with lyricist Sameer and the playback singer Anuradha Paudwal, who was mentioned to be very near Gulshan Kumar.
In line with the fees laid out by the Mumbai Police, Nadeem paid for the homicide of Kumar due to 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 due to 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-Firm.
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 reside, regardless of a number of makes an attempt to get him extradited. The police, in the meantime, had been extra targeted on the D-Firm, which was then on the head of organised crime.
Taurani, who was lastly exonerated by the Bombay Excessive Courtroom final yr, was upset with Gulshan Kumar as a result of, in response to the police who based mostly ]themselves completely on the accounts of two witnesses, he was undercutting costs so sharply that Ideas was shedding closely.
Mockingly, 1997 was an excellent yr for Ideas due to 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’ — had been all composed by the duo, in response to up to date information experiences.
The Gulshan Kumar homicide trial started in June 2001. The Mumbai Periods Courtroom Choose, 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 Excessive Courtroom upheld Rauf’s conviction. Rashid Service provider, his brother, who was acquitted by the decrease court docket, was additionally sentenced to life, however Taurani was exonerated.
As for Nadeem, in an interview with ‘ETimes’, he acknowledged that the fees levelled towards by the Mumbai Police and Gulshan Kumar’s youthful brother, Kishan Kumar, had been a conspiracy to border him. He identified that each potential court docket, from the Mumbai Periods Choose to the UK Excessive Courtroom, 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 observe ‘Aankhon Mein Aansoo’ for the industrial and demanding dud ‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana’ (2017), whereas his inventive 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 has been 25 years since Gulshan Kumar was killed in chilly blood for not succumbing to the calls for of extortionist ganglords. The leisure business has considerably cleaned up its act within the intervening years, however Sidhu Moosewala’s killing exhibits that every one continues to be not properly within the gray space the place the world of leisure collides with the forces of extortion.
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