Ashok Kumar (cinematographer)

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Ashok Kumar
Born Ashok Kumar Aggarwal
Died 22 October 2014 (aged 72)
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Years active 1969-2003
Spouse(s) Joythi
Children 4 sons

Ashok Kumar Aggarwal (1941/1942 – 22 October 2014) was an Indian cinematographer who has worked in over 100 feature films mainly in South Indian languages. He is a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Nenjathai Killathe (1980) and numerous state awards.[1] He served as jury member of the 43rd National Film Awards.[2]

Kumar was known for his association with such filmmakers as P. N. Menon, Bharathan, N. Sankaran Nair, Pratap Pothan and P. Vasu. Ashok Kumar was the regular cinematographer for J. Mahendran. He worked on over 125 films as cinematographer and directed six films. Kumar passed away on 22 October 2014 at the age of 72.[3]


National Film Award for Best Cinematography[edit]

Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography[edit]

  • 1969 – "JANMABHOOMI"
  • 1973 – Swapnam
  • 1977 – Taxi Driver (Black and White)

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer[edit]

Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer[edit]

  • 2000 – Sri Sai Mahima[4]


As cinematographer
As director


  1. ^ "28th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "43rd National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ace cinematographer of Tamil films Ashok Kumar dies". 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nandi Awards 2000 – 2001". 19 September 2002. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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