Ashok Kumar hails from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. His mother tongue is Telugu. He has pursued a Law degree and has practiced as a lawyer for some time.
Ashok Kumar is a Telugu TV and film actor. He has 25 years of acting experience. He has acted in theatre plays since his childhood. Acting is a passion and hobby for him. He has acted in many hit serials on DD. Some of them are-
Tenali Rama Krishna
etc. Tenali Ramakrishna serial has brought him fame and popularity. His role as Tenali Ramakrishna was well received by the audience. With this serial, he became a television super star over night. He has acted in the serial Sri Bhagavatham directed by the famous director Bapu in the role of Narada. This role was also received well by the audience. He was apt and best suited for both the roles. He is considered as the small screen Narada. He has acted in the serials
and Baktha Pothana which were telecasted on SV channel. He has acted in a negative role in Vengamamba serial. He has also acted in many of Jandhyala’s short films which were telecasted on DD.
Ashok Kumar has acted in many films. He shared a good relationship with the famous director Jandhyala and has acted in most of his films. Some of his films include- Chupulu Kalisina Shubhavela, Jayyam Nischayammura, Vivaha Bhojanambu, Aha Naa Pellanta, , Bejawada etc.
Another Version of This Bio…
Ashok Kumar has been around mostly in Telugu TV serials and also in supporting or cameo roles in Telugu movies. But his association with TV has been right from the advent of TV in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, almost 25 years ago. While it may have been an opportunity of sorts to be able to make an entry right from the advent of TV programmes, it doesn’t take away in any way Ashok Kumar’s acting skills and the hard work that has gone into his varied roles. Otherwise, it would not have been possible to have sustained his popularity across all ages of TV viewers for almost a quarter of a century. Ashok Kumar’s approach to acting has always been purely as an expression of his passion for theater and acting, with the name and fame as well as the earnings coming his way purely on an incidental basis. This is the reason why, even with his commitments towards his profession as an advocate, he is committed towards his acting career. The high point in Ashok Kumar’s career has obviously been his enacting the role of Tenali Ramakrishna on TV, which overnight made him a household name; lucky as he was to be able to encash on the popularity of that historical figure of Telugu folklore. The other advantage that he had in those days of early television was that he had hardly any competition, compared to the myriads of channels today. Like him or not, his was the only face they could see. Fortunately, it was a face they loved to see on the small screen, day after day.
From the very beginning, Ashok Kumar has developed himself in the mould of a character actor, with comic nuances into his roles. His plump appearance with a bald pate only accentuates this feeling, and he has no qualms about it. Neither does he want to portray nor does he expect any stereotype hero’s roles. Besides, he has been candid enough to declare his love for TV, where he occupies a long standing prime position, and has no intentions to try his hand in movies in any big way after meeting unsatisfactory results in the various appearances he has made, mostly in bit roles. In all, he has about 24 appearances in films; his best being that in “Vengamamba” although not a commercial success. His last film has been “Bezawada” in 2011.