Veteran film actor and the first Indian superstar Ashok Kumar died in Mumbai on Monday (Dec 10) aged 90.
Ashok Kumar, born Kumudlal Kanjilal Ganguly, made his debut in the film Jeevan Naiya, before becoming the face of the 40's and 50's. Adding to his charisma was the meaningful roles he played in films like Achut Kanya, Bandini and several others. His credits also include India's first real blockbuster: Kismet which ran for over a year with Ashok Kumar playing the first real anti-hero of popular cinema.
Over the years, the actor had acquired an undying presence and lives in popular consciousness as Dada Moni, the grand old man of Hindi films. Kumar won two Filmfare Best Actor awards for the films Rakhi (1962) & Ashirwad (1969). He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award for the film Afsana (1966). He was awarded the Filmfare Life Time Achivevment award in 1995.