Ashok Kumar - Old

Other names of Ashok Kumar - Old: Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly, Sanjay , Ashok Kumar , Dadamoni, Kumudlal Ganguly
One would be at a loss, wondering where to start when writing about a film legend like Ashok Kumar. After all, he is considered to be one of Indian film industry’s greatest actors, who has performed as the romantic hero, antagonist as well as in various other shades of character roles with equal aplomb. Ashok Kumar really was witness to a very important evolutionary phase of the Indian film industry, and has spread across generations his genius as an actor. From very unpretentious beginnings, having been born as Kumudlal Ganguly in a Bengali family living outside Bengal, he seemed destined to take up a legal profession, having completed his law course from the prestigious Presidency College of Kolkata. But his heart was in the world of cinema, but strangely he did not want to be an actor, but thought of becoming a technician. He probably got interested in this line after hearing about film making techniques from his brother in law Sashadhar Mukherjee, who at that time was one of the big shots of the then famous production house, Bombay Talkies. It is he who made it possible for young Kumud to start working there as a laboratory assistant from the mid 1930s.

Strangely, Kumud moved into acting purely as a coincidence. He was literally catapulted into the under production 1936 movie “Jeevan Naiya” which ran into trouble due to the elopement of the lead actor with the leading lady, Devika Rani, who also was the wife of Himanshu Rai, the director. More out of spite than any acting traits, Rai put Kumud in the lead role, re-christening him Ashok Kumar. The rest, as they say is history, with Ashok Kumar starring in a series of 10 films with leading lady Devika Rani for the remaining of the 1930s decade, with almost all of them becoming remarkable hits, making this screen pair one of the most popular ones of all times. Besides “Jeevan Naiya”, the more famous ones where they appeared were “Achhut Kanya” which immediately followed their first film and “ Nirmala” in 1938.

Moving out of the Devika Rani shadow, Ashok Kumar established his own credentials in subsequent movies like “ Bandhan” and “ Azad” both in 1940, starring with Leela Chitnis another leading lady of those days. But it was the 1943 movie “Kismet” which really broke all records at the box office, achieving the distinction of becoming the first Hindi movie to gross 1 crore. Ashok Kumar had established himself not only as most bankable leading actor of the period, but also through his “anti-hero” role in the film, demonstrated his versatility as an actor. The 1950s era, however, saw Ashok Kumar moving mostly into mature character roles, leaving the romantic hero’s slot to the trio of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Passing into the 1960s, he continued playing roles matching his age, shuttling between the roles of a judge in “ Kanoon”, a freedom fighter in “ Bandini” and that of a vicious zamindar in “Jawaab”. The notable films of his later years were the period film “ Pakeezah” in 1972; the Manoj Kumar movie “Purab Aur Paschim” in 1970; the family comedy “Khoobsoorat” in 1980 and the adult comedy “Shaukeen” in 1982.

Interestingly, like his younger brother Kishore Kumar, he too had started as a singing star, but gave up after a few films. Besides being the eldest of the Ganguly clan, he was widely regarded and loved in the industry for his amiable manners and humility, being referred to as Dadamoni (loving elder brother in Bengali). With his death in 2001, the industry really lost one of its steady stars who had spanned it for over 60 years.
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Ashok Banthia

Ashok Banthia was born in the beautiful city of Udaipur in the colorful state of Rajasthan. He had always seen himself working in the field of acting and, therefore, had prepared himself from the very start. He took a lot of training and education in this arena and came out to be a very powerful personality. Ashok, at first, did a Diploma in the field of theater and dramatics from Chandigarh’s Punjab University. He then came down to Delhi and did a course from the very prestigious college of Dramatics named National School of Drama. He had gained a lot of confidence in himself and his talents by now. After this, he went out of India to pursue his training further and enrolled himself in a course for direction in a prestigious institute in Sydney named National Institute of Dramatics Arts. Ashok went on to work with some famous names not just in India but also outside of it. He played Nawab Pataudi Senior, an Indian Cricketer for Kennedy Miller in the serial Bodyline and did his role with full conviction and zeal. He also made an appearance in an English Movie, which was directed by Peter Morhan, and the name of this critically acclaimed film is The Peacock Spring. He didn't just confine himself to English Cinema and explored himself by expanding his reigns to French Cinema too. Ashok worked in a film named Indian Orchid, which was made by the French Cinema industry. Ashok was seen in various famous movies in the Hindi film industry including Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, which later went on to become a cult movie, Khoobsoorat, etc. He did not restrain from working in various theatrical pieces and also in several Hindi Television shows including the very famous Balika Vadhu that airs in Colors channel and also in Mahadev etc.  Ashok feels that the youth of India should watch all kinds of good movies irrespective of the star cast.

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Ashwin Kaushal

Ashwin Kaushal is a talented actor and writer too. He is most commonly known for movies Ghulam, Barsaat, and Ghulam-E-Mustafa. He started his career in 1995 and is working till now. Recently he is into a daily soap of Zee TV named as Tashan-e-Ishq. In fact, he has gained popularity in comedy series Goldie Ahuja Matric Pass. This comedy serial featured by Disney Channel made Ashwin famous by the name of Goldie. In 90s Ashwin worked in seven movies. His first movie was Kartvaya in 1995. In the same year, he gained fame in Barsaat. In the consecutive years, he worked in the movies namely Ghulam-e-Mustafa, Chandaal, Safari and Madam Don. Then after a gap of two years, he did his comeback with Mulaqaat in 2002. His other contributions in the Bollywood are namely Rocky-The Rebel and Aatma in the year 2006, Don Muthuswami in 2008, and Qasam Se Qasam Se in 2012. The most recent ones are Dee Saturday Night and Two States in the year of 2014. Ashwin’s personality is adorable and perfect for making audience glued to the television. He is working in the serial Tashan-e-Ishq. His sense of dialogue delivery and amazing screenplay makes him more perfect in comedy. Apart from all the work he did the younger generation loves him the most for his serial on the Disney channel named as Goldie Ahuja Matric Pass. Goldie character has given him loads of fame and love of audience especially the children. His zeal to study even in his forties in the serial makes it too damn amazing. It is not easy to act like a kid and wearing school uniform and doing all the childish mischieves, but Ashwin did all that with much ease, and that’s amazing. He deserves to be praised for his awesome performance.

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