Gulshan Rai was a producer and distributor for various Hindi films which were blockbusters earlier. He produced successful films in the 1970s directed by Yash Chopra and in the 1990s directed by his son Rajiv Rai.
Gulshan Rai was born in Srilanka, Colombo and moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1947. He started off his career in the film industry as a distributor. In 1970, he started his production company Trimurti Films and the first film produced was Johny Mera Naam.
In the 1970s his Yash Chopra-directed films made Amitabh Bachchan a superstar and launched successful careers for script writers Salim-Javed. The notable films were Deewar (1975) and Trishul (1978). In the 1980s and 90s he produced films in the action genre directed by his son Rajiv Rai, and were notable for their music (composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and later by Viju Shah). They were Tridev, Vishwatma, Mohra and Gupt.
He died in Mumbai after a prolonged illness, aged 80.