An actor who could capture all your attention in one shot, Dadamoni was also a practicing homeopathy doctor. He was a full-time lab assistant in Bombay Talkies where he later became a producer. Ashok Kumar became a familiar face on television screens in the 1980s when he started anchoring India's first soap opera Hum Log.
In 1988, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is the highest honor presented to a film personality by the Indian government. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1998 for his contribution to Indian cinema. Ashok Kumar had stopped celebrating his birthday from 1987, as his youngest brother Abhas, who was popularly known as Kishore Kumar, passed away on the same day.