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Ashok Kumar acted in milestones of Hindi cinema like Achhut Kanya , Kismet, Chal Chal Re Navjavan, Mahal, Samadhi, Parineeta, Howrah Bridge, Ashirwad, Mamta, Anand Ashram, Gumrah AND Charlton Heston in English classics The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, El Cid, Julius Caesar, etc. which were also the biggest (money) grosser of their times. They were appreciated immensely and are stilled revered as "acting schools" by their professional descendants; yet they never were in the rat race for the #1 star of their era. WHY?
What in your view was the reason?

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Asked by Social Worker, 12 Dec '09 01:13 am
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Ashok Kumar belonged to an era in which the film stars were priceless. There were no price tags attached to them. I read somewhere that legendary queen Meena Kumari used to walk down to the studio for shooting in broken slippers. Dilip Kumar's name featured in the newspapers because his annual income used to be little over one lakh. Today's stars are in the rat race because they are vying with each other to show off how much income tax they pay. The one who pays the highest is considered a super star. Today's stars we know because they are ever in the limelight. The stars like Ashok Kumar were seen like stars in the dark night. They were seen only on the screen, only after the lights used to be put out.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 12 Dec '09 04:11 pm

 
  
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That is why you are naming them even today --they may be called immoratal winning the test of time --let us see what time tells about them in future --remember , bengali super star uttam kumar is more popular than the day when he was alive
Answered by HARIJIBAN BANERJEE, 12 Dec '09 04:21 pm

 
  
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The criteria for stardom and Superstar differs in many ways, they ruledthe heart of millions through their acting appeal but at the same time they did not provided the so called HITS in succession / in row.
Answered by Mohammed asim nehal, 12 Dec '09 02:27 am

 
  
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The answer lies in your question, they were revered as Actors not Stars and there is qualititative difference between both, one of the characteristics of being an actor is fair game, and does not involve a Race, as an Actor may be very good at one thing, but there always will be some one else, who can express the same emotion better using different medium
Answered by Ashok Maurya, 12 Dec '09 01:29 am

 
  
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