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Biography & Biodata
Ashok Kumar (October 13, 1911 - December 10, 2001), born Kumudlal Ganguly, and also affectionately called Dadamoni, was an Indian film actor who achieved icon status in Indian cinema. He was honored in 1988 by the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the largest national award for film artists, by the Government of India and also received Padma Bhushan in 1999 for his contribution to Indian cinema. He is considered one of the best actors in Indian history, playing leading roles, negatives and character with an equal panache.
Background and family
Ashok Kumar was born Kumudlal Ganguly into a Bengali family in Bhagalpu then to the presidency of Bengal of British India and now in the state of Bihar in India. His father, Kunjlal Ganguly, was a lawyer while his mother, Gouri Devi, was a craftsman. Kumudlal (as he was then known) was the eldest of four children. His only sister, Sati Devi, a few years younger than him, was married very young to Sashadhar Mukherjee and became the matriarch of a great "film family". Then his brother, Kalyan, more than 14 years younger (born in 1926), who later took the name of Anoop Kumar, and the youngest was Abhas (b.1929), whose pseudonym was Kishore Kumar, who has become phenomenally successful singer of Hindi films. Although the eldest of many years, Ashok Kumar has survived all his brothers and sisters. In fact, he stopped celebrating his birthday after his youngest brother, Kishore, died that same day, Ashok's birthday, in 1987.
While still a teenager, and even before considering a film career, the young Kumudlal was married to Shobha in a match arranged by their parents in the usual Indian style. Their marriage for life was harmonious and conventional, and despite his film career, the couple maintained a very bourgeois vision and values system, raising their children with traditional values in a remarkably simple home. They were the parents of a son, Aroop Ganguly, and three girls named Bharati Patel, Rupa Verma and Preeti Ganguly. Their son, Aroop Kumar Ganguly, worked in exactly one movie, appearing as a hero in Bezubaan (1962), which flopped at the box office. He then made a career in the corporate world. Ashok's eldest daughter, Bharati Patel, is the mother of actress Anuradha Patel, married to actor Kanwaljeet Singh. Ashok's second daughter, Rupa Verma, is the wife of actor and comedian Deven Verma. Ashok's youngest daughter, Preeti Ganguly, was the only one of her daughters to enter the film industry. She acted as an actress in several Hindi films during the 1970s and 1980s, and she died single in 2012
First years (1911-36)
Revered as Dadamoni (affectionate term for elder brother), Kumudlal Ganguly was born in Bhagalpur and attended the Presidency College of Calcutta University, Kolkata, where he studied to become a lawyer. However, his heart was not in his law studies. Ganguly was more interested in cinema, in which he dreamed of working as a technician.
Early career (1936-42)
Ashok Kumar's sister, Satidevi, married very young with Sashadhar Mukherjee, who lived in Bombay and worked as a technician in the film industry. This link led Ashok Kumar to take a closer look at the technical aspects of filmmaking (not action). He failed his law exams and, to escape the acrimony at home, came to live with his sister for a few months, until the exams took place again. To earn money, he asked his brother-in-law to find him a job. Sashadhar Mukherjee held a fairly senior position in the technical department of Bombay Talkies, a pioneering Indian film studio, and used his influence to get a job in Kumudlal (Ashok's real name). Kumudlal began as a laboratory assistant in Bombay Talkies and lived with her sister's family in Chembur, not far from the studio. It was in the early 1930s. The pay was pretty decent; In addition, Kumudlal was successful in his work and enthusiastic about it, which was not the case with the law school. He managed to convince his father that he would not succeed as a lawyer and that he could earn a living as a lab assistant. His father finally reconciled with the situation and granted Kumudlal permission to drop out of law school. Kumudlal began his film career, although as a laboratory assistant in a film studio.
Kumudlal Ganguly was happy to work as a lab assistant and stayed in this position for about five years. His acting career began purely by accident. Filming was already underway on Bombay Talkies production, Jeevan Naiya, in 1936, when leader Najmul Hassan fled with his co-star Devika Rani, who was also the wife of studio headman Himanshu Rai. Rani then returned to her husband who, out of spite, dismissed Hassan and asked Kumudlal Ganguly to replace him (against the opinion of director Franz Osten, who felt that the young man did not have the necessary appearances for an actor )
. Ganguly received the pseudonym Ashok Kumar, in keeping with the general trend at a time when actors were hiding their true identities behind nicks.
Awards and recognition
1988 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award for cinematic excellence
1959 – Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
1962 – Filmfare Best Actor Award, Rakhi
1994 – Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
1995 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 – Padma Bhushan
2001 – Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh
2007 - "Special Award" by Star Screen Awards
1963 – Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Actor Award (Hindi), Gumrah
1966 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Afsana
1969 – Filmfare Best Actor Award, Aashirwaad
1969 – National Film Awards for Best Actor, Aashirwaad
1969 – Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Actor Award (Hindi), Aashirwaad
Choti Si Baat (1975)
Khatta Meetha (1978)
Bhago Bhut Aaya (1985)
Hatey Bazarey (1967)
Mr. India (1987)
Mera Damad (1995)
Jewel Thief (1967)
Victoria No. 203 (1972)
Achhut Kanya (1936)
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
Howrah Bridge (1958)