Bloodshed And Terror In Bollywood A True Story

And hoodlums are just one problem facing India's movie biz

It had all the ingredients of a Hindi movie blockbuster--religion, glamour, underworld dons, and a rags-to-riches hero--except it was for real. On Aug. 12, Gulshan Kumar, a film producer and millionaire businessman, was assassinated as he was leaving a temple north of Bombay. According to police, he was a victim of extortion by the local mafia led by underworld don Dawood Ibra-him, and he refused to pay. Kumar is the third film personality this year to be killed by an increasingly powerful underworld. His murder has sent producers, financiers, and stars of India's $750 million-a-year film industry scurrying into hiding.

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