Published On: Tue, Oct 13th, 2015

Remembering the legendary actor ‘Dadamoni’ Ashok Kumar on his 104th birth anniversary today.


12079331_789898374452000_2062321569213289652_nMumbai : Remembering the legendary ‘Dadamoni’ Ashok Kumar on his 104th birth anniversary today.

Ashok Kumar was one of the enduring stars of the Indian film industry, his career spanned more than five decades, during which he hummed and hawed his way into the hearts of millions of fans.

Ashok Kumar had an emotive appeal that transcended all barriers and was a source of inspiration and a role model for many a generation of aspiring actors

Ashok Kumar, is the star that refuses to fade away. This small man with a frail physique, winning smile and personality which breathed love and affection is a true legend.

A great actor, friend and human being, Ashok Kumar is sorely missed. His spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of his fans.

Ashok Kumar with daughter Preeti Ganguly and grand daughter Anooradha.

Ashok Kumar with daughter Preeti Ganguly and grand daughter Anooradha.

Ashok Kumar got his first break when Devika Rani chose him to act in Jeevan Naiyya (1936). Then Ashok Kumar became a permanent hero of Bombay Talkies’ films with Achhut Kanya (1936), which was a grand success in those days. He acted in a few more films like Savitri (1937), Izzat (1937), Nirmala (1938), Bandhan (1940) and Anjaan (1941).

Ashok Kumar attained stardom with Kismet (1943), a suspense thriller which went on to become one of the biggest hits ever in Hindi cinema. Ashok Kumar’s next big hit was Mahal (1949). With great music and suspense value, Mahal too was a big hit and made Ashok Kumar the biggest star of his times.

Throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, Ashok Kumar was unarguably the most famous actor of Hindi films. He did an anti-hero role in Sangram (1950), which was banned in its 16th week for sending out wrong messages. His performance in Howrah Bridge (1958) was appreciated a lot. Ashok Kumar kicked off the 60s with a power-packed performance in Yash Chopra’s Kanoon (1960). This film yet again proved Ashok Kumar’s acting prowess.

Ashok Kumar’s most famous roles were in Aarti (1962), Rakhi (1962), Gumrah (1963) and Bandini (1963), where he was very impressive. In late 60s, Ashok Kumar neatly switched to playing character roles. However, His performance as the protagonist in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Aashirwaad (1968) won him all the accolades. But Ashok Kumar most suited the father roles by now, and he carried them the best. His roles in Victoria No. 203 (1972), Choti Si Baat (1975), Khatta Meetha (1978) and Khoobsurat (1980) are remembered till date.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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