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When Raj Kapoor by no means forgave Ashok Kumar for outshining him at his wedding ceremony: ‘Krishnaji lifted her veil and gasped’


For a technology of filmgoers, Ashok Kumar is one thing of a faraway fantasy, a legend, too distant to grasp. For millenials, he’s maybe the brother of the outstanding singer Kishore Kumar, and is even associated to Kiara Advani. Nevertheless, he was rather more than that, an icon and an iridescent star of the post-Independence India who had an extended and storied profession in movies.

Born as Kumudlal Ganguly, he was the elder brother to Kishore Kumar and later turned a power to reckon with within the movie trade. He started his profession as an actor in 1936 with Jeevan Naiya, he received hearts as a lead actor, antagonist and later character roles too. He starred in among the most iconic Hindi movies ever together with Achut Kanya (1936), Bandhan (1939), Kismet (1943), Mahal (1949), Parineeta (1953), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Howrah Bridge (1958), Bandini (1963) Mamta (1966), Jewel Thief (1967), Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Mili (1975) and Khoobsurat (1980). As hero, he romanced the highest main women of the period – from Devika Rani to Meena Kumari, Madhubala to Nutan.

Identical to his brother, there are various anecdotes related to Ashok Kumar, be it from his ‘fortunately married life’, or upstaging Raj Kapoor at his wedding ceremony with Krishna Malhotra — one thing he was allegedly by no means forgiven for. His elder daughter Bharti Jaffery had instructed Quint, “Papa was there, in fact. And when he went as much as congratulate the couple, the bride, Krishnaji, lifted up her ghunghat to gasp, ‘Oh it’s Ashok Kumar. I’m so pleased!’ Raj Kapoor by no means forgave him for upstaging him at his personal wedding ceremony.”

Ashok Kumar married Shobha Devi they usually had 4 youngsters — Bharti, Rupa, Preeti and Aroop. In an outdated 90’s interview, Ashok Kumar recalled how his marriage occurred all of the sudden. “It occurred all of the sudden. After I entered the movie trade, marriage proposals stopped coming as a result of the boy was in movies. So someday, I acquired a telegram from my father to return instantly to Khandwa.” Nevertheless, on the prepare, he was instructed that they have been going to Calcutta, which perplexed him. After which he was instructed that he was going to get married. So he was taken to see Shobha and he agreed to marry her then and there.

He additionally revealed the key to preserving his spouse pleased. “I used to return house early. After I turned a hero and producer Himanshu Rai instructed me that women can be after me. I stated ‘Isn’t {that a} good factor?’ He stated, ‘No that’s not a great factor. You retain the house and fireside burning. You go house by 6:30.’ We promised (haath milao). So I’d go house by 6:30, and my spouse was very pleased.”

Ashok Kumar remembered how he had deliberate a celebration for his spouse for his or her fiftieth wedding ceremony anniversary. Nevertheless, she fell ailing just a few days earlier than and died two days earlier than the golden jubilee. “It was going to be fiftieth. I had deliberate a celebration, that hundred individuals will come. 4 days earlier than, she fell ailing. She tried laborious to combat demise, instructed everybody that she is going to attend the get together and die.”

Ashok Kumar, fondly referred to as Dadamoni, handed away in 2001 on the age of 90, after outliving his brothers.

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