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Veteran DOP ASHOK KUMAR from South is in critical condition in Chennai hospital

Oct 16, 2014: Akash Ashok Kumar, son of veteran cameraman from South says - As you are well aware, my father Shri Ashok Kumar  72 Years  has been recuperating in a hospital based in Chennai for the last six months both in Hyderabad and Chennai due to ill health. Currently, his health condition has deteriorated and our family members have decided to provide him medical treatment from the premises of our home during his last days in his journey. 

We have been fortunate enough to have many of his peers from the South Film Fraternity visit him in the hospital bed where he was under Ventilator in the ICU until about last week. We have had tremendous support from the Tamil film fraternity including The Directors Union, Cameraman Union and friends who had provided him with just assistance and overlooking the medical support when required as well. I believe it would be my prerogative to inform the film fraternity in Bollywood as well, about my father and his health condition, as he has many well wishers and friends over there as well who are aware of his work as a distinguished DOP.

My father has worked in over 125 movies and is most known for his National Award for Best Cinematography for the 1980 tamil movie “Nenjathai Killathe”. My father is a well known technician in the Southern Film industry but has also worked in some memorable movies and actors from the North. I am listing few stars from Mumbai whom he has worked in the 80, 90's and 2000.

 Rathi Agnihotri and Kamal Hassan movie named 'Ullasa 

 Paravaigal'(1980)-Tamil

 Sri Devi and Rajinikanth in Johnny (1979) - Tamil

 Jimmy Shergill, Kim Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Jhonny lever in Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar (2002) – Hindi

 Dalip Tahil in of the first 3D movie in india

 'My Dear Kuttichathaan' (1983) - Malayalam

 Chota chetan 3D Movie - Urmila (1998)-Hindi

 Aishwarya Rai in Jeans - Tamil & hindi- Directed by Shankar (1998)

 Bawandar -Hindi -Nandita Das, Gulshan Gorver, Rahul Khanna - 2000

 Sonu Sood in Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi (2003) - Tamil

Through this mail, i would like to communicate to the entire film Bollywood Film Industry about this news, and hopefully they can come forward to support us in whichever way possible.