Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar was born on 13-10-1911 in Bhagalpur in the state of Bihar, India. He was an Indian Film Actor, Painter, Television Actor & TV Host who best known for his work in Hindi, Bengali and Marathi Cinema.


BIRTHDAY 13 October, 1911 (Friday)
BIRTH PLACE Bhagalpur , Bihar
AGE (in 2001) 90 Years Old
HEIGHT in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
WEIGHT in Kilograms- 79 kg
in Pounds- 174.16 lbs


Kumudlal Ganguly, popularly known by his screen name ‘Ashok Kumar’ was a legendary film actor and producer who had very finally played all lead, supportive and negative characters.He was called as “Dadamoni” ( an affectionate term meaning ‘elder brother’).
He completed his education at Presidency College of the University of Calcutta, Kolkata to become a lawyer. But he was not interested in law and had interest in cinema and wanted to work as a technician in cinemas.His brother in law, Sashadhar Mukherjee was a senior person in the popular film studio of the time  ‘Bombay Talkies’ and identified his interest and advised him to move to the city of dreams,’ Bombay’.He started his career as a laboratory assistant in Bombay Studio.
He was happy with his job but suddenly her career took a turn towards acting as a “Lead actor” by a mere accident on the sets of movie ‘Jeevan Naiya’ when the female lead of the movie “Devika Rani” asked her husband who was studio head to dismiss the male lead Najmul Hassan and replace him with ‘Kumudlal Ganguly’.He was given a new screen name “Ashok Kumar”.He worked with Devika Rani giving hit movies but was overshadowed by her. The movie ‘Kismet’ launched him as an anti-hero and he got a stardom making him the first lead actor with a film earning 1 crore.

Honours & Awards

Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1988 Hindi Film Industry
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1999 Arts

Death Info

Ashok Kumar died on 10-12-2001 at his residence in Chembur in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, at age of 90. He died of heart failure.

10 December, 2001 Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra India

Ashok Kumar Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Kunjlal Ganguly (a lawyer) and Gouri Devi( A homemaker) in a Bengali family in Bhagalpur (Now in the Bihar state of India).He was the eldest of four with two brothers Kalyan ( Actor Anoop Kumar), Abhas (Popular singer and actor Kishore Kumar) and a sister Sati Devi( Married to Sashadhar Mukherjee).
He had an arranged marriage with Shobha at very young age and the couple had a harmonious married life and had four children son named Aroop Ganguly and three daughters named Bharati Patel, Rupa Verma and Preeti Ganguly(Died in 2012).