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Remembering Ashok Kumar on his birth anniversary – lesser known facts


Bollywood actor Ashok Kumar fondly called as Dadamoni. His real named was Kumudlal Ganguly, was born this day in 1911 at Bhagalpur, Bihar. He had a iconic status in a Hindi film industries. An actor who capture all your attention in a single shots and promoted talents all over the world and he ruled the silver screen and melted millions heart with his strong personality.


His first debut was in ‘Achhut Kanya’ after that he debut many movies like ‘Bandhan’, ‘Anjaan’, ‘Mahal’, ‘Parineeta’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’, ‘Howrah Bridge’, ‘Kanoon’, ‘Gumraah’, ‘Jewel thief’, ‘Aashirwad’, ‘Choti Si Baat’, ‘Mili’, ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Shaukeen’, ‘Mr. India’ and many more.


First debut in Hindi cinema

His first big hit was ‘Achhut Kanya’ in 1936, where he paired with Devika Rani. The film was about a Brahmin boy falling in love with a girl from the ‘untouchable’ class. The film propagated Gandhi’s ideology of no class or caste division.

In negative role


He was a first anti- hero of Hindi cinema. He most seen in a negative role in Bollywood. Gyan Mukherjee ‘Kismat’ in 1943 presented Ashok Ji as a pickpocket who fall in love with a girl. This was a first movie in Indian cinema grossed one crore rupee at that time.


In 60’s Ashok Ji famous songs was from the films ‘Aashirwad’ ‘Rail gaadi Rail Gaadi Chhuk Chukk’. This songs sung by himself, in his own inimitable style.




Ashok kumar famous and super hit dialogue from the Hindi cinemas are:

‘Tamasha’- Smart people never love from their heart, they love from the mind

‘Tamasha’– Koi haarkar jeet leta hai aur koi jeetkar haar jaata hai

‘Mere Mehboob’– Mujhko kyun dete ho zehar-e-zindagi … mujhko marke nagahani chahiye … dil abhi poori tarah toota nahi … doston ki meharbani chahiye

‘Purab aur Pachim’– Abhi shareer mein garmi hai beta … jab thanda ho jaye toh jhauk dena aag mein

‘Chhoti si baat’– Pyar paane ke liye koi bhi tareeka najayaz nahi hai


From the Indian government Asho ji was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Awards in 1988 and Padma Bhusan in 1998 for his contribution to Indian government.

He was awarded with the filmfare awards for Best Actor for Rakhi in 1962. He has also been awarded with Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Published on: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 08:10 AM IST