Akshay Kumar is on a roll. The 49-year-old actor recently wrapped up one film, has begun shooting for one more and has declared this next venture. Since it’s for the first time that he will be seen in a biopic and Khiladi Kumar cannot be a lot of excited. He’s all set to play Gulshan Kumar in Mogul.
Moghul First Look: Akshay Kumar To Play As Gulshan Kumar
Fans just wake up one morning and verify that Akshay is doing one more film. After sudden announcements of toilet EK Prem Katha, Pad Man, Gold, we’ve got another name added to the list. This one is titled Mogul. The movie will be a biopic on the life of music ‘mogul’ Gulshan Kumar. Mogul can go on floors later this year and is slated to release in 2018, the same year as Reema Kagti’s Gold and Twinkle Khanna produced Pad Man.
From sign language films with a social message to interesting biopics, it appears there’s no stopping this actor whose last four films have sauntered into Rs 100 crore club. And going by his choice of films, that winning run isn’t aiming to finish anytime shortly. The actor will now be seen in the role of the person behind T Series, Gulshan Kumar. The label announced their collaboration on Twitter, “We proudly present the story of the emperor of music, Gulshan Kumar in #Mogul st. @akshaykumar director @subkapoor made by Sudesh Kumari.” What makes the Gulshan Kumar biopic a lot of interesting is the fact that it’ll bring together the team of Akshay and his Jolly LLB2 director, Subhash Kapoor.
Music mogul Gulshan Kumar’s rags-to-riches story is that the stuff of legends. His devotion to Vaishno Devi, enterprising nature for his work led to his meteoric rise. From being a household name with his devotional music to becoming the one-man music industry with T-Series, his larger-than-life story is ready to get captured in a biopic titled Mogul. Produced by his wife Sudesh Kumari, the film to be directed by Subhash Kapoor, can star Akshay Kumar as the music mogul.
Akshay, who shared a special bond with Gulshan Kumar, says, “I had the great fortune of knowing Gulshanji well. My association with him started right from my 1st film Saugandh. Since we both shared several things in common and come from a similar background. And I am very excited to play him on screen.”
Gulshan Kumar’s son Bhushan Kumar added, “Mogul isn’t a movie for me. It’s my dream come true. My father has been my guiding force throughout my life and that I have always felt his presence with me in everything I do. I always knew that one day I’d make Mogul and share my father’s wonderful story with the world. I’m also extremely happy that my mother Sudesh Kumari are going to be producing the film. And I will think of no one better than Akshay to play him on-screen.”
Filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, who directed Akshay in Jolly LLB 2, said, “When Vikram Malhotra shared the idea of the film with me, there was a feeling of disbelief. I always told my team that the one story I’d love to create a movie on was Gulshanji’s, and here I’m doing just that”. Gulshan Kumar was extremely attached to his younger daughter Tulsi Kumar. And that’s why they selected to announce the film on her birthday. Since the shooting of Mogul will begin by the end of 2017.
Who was Gulshan Kumar?
Born Gulshan Dua, Gulshan Kumar was the son of a juice seller in Delhi’s Darya Ganj. He started helping with the family business early on. Gulshan was initiated into the music business once his family acquired a store selling records and low cost audio cassettes. He also started his own audio cassette operation referred to as “Super Cassettes Industries” and went on to seek out a music production company in Old Delhi. Once his business became profitable, he moved to Mumbai.
Gulshan also created a number of films including Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka (1989), Aashiqui (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Meera Ka Mohan, and Jeena Marna Tere sang. A highly religious man, Gulshan was shot to death outside a temple in Mumbai in 1997. Whereas the police accused film composer Nadeem of Nadeem-Shravan fame for paying a contract killer for the murder, he absconded to London. Since the police did not prove charges against him. In 2001, a man Vinod Jagtap confessed to being the murderer.