Age: 72 Years
Hometown: Belgaum, Maharashtra
Wife: Nivedita Joshi Saraf
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ashok Saraf
- Saraf spent his early childhood at Chikhalwadi in South Mumbai.
- Ashok Saraf started doing Marathi plays when he was 18 years old.
- The first Marathi commercial play that he did was “Yayati Aani Devyani.”
- Saraf was dating the Marathi actress, Ranjana Deshmukh, and their affair got disclosed when the actress died in an accident.
- Some of his popular Marathi Films include “Ashi Hi Banava Banavi,” “Aayatya Gharat Gharoba,” and “Dhum Dhadaka.”
- During the 1980s and 90s, Saraf and Laxmikant Berde were considered as the Marathi comedy superstars.
- Ashok has played some important roles in Bollywood films like “Singham,” “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya,” “Gupt,” “Koyla,” “Yes Boss,” and “Karan Arjun.”
- His roles in the television serials “Yeh Choti Badi Baatein” and “Hum Paanch” became very popular.
- Ashok is often referred to as the Samrat Ashoka of the Marathi Cinema.
- He is 18 years older to his wife, Nivedita Joshi Saraf.
- Saraf has actively participated in Marathi theatre. Some of his popular Marathi plays include “Hamidabaichi Kothi,” “Anidhikrut,” “Manomilan,” “He Ram Cardiogram,” “Darling Darling,” “Sarkha Chatit Dukhtay,” “Laginghai,” and “Vacuum Cleaner.”
- There were death rumours about Ashok in the year 2017. However, his wife, Nivedita Joshi Saraf, rubbished all the rumours and told that he was in good health.
- The actor once travelled in the second class of the train to Kolhapur for the shooting of his film “Mahalakshmi Express;” as the actors at that time used to receive very fewer fees. While travelling, two policemen recognised him and made fun of him on his economic condition. Ashok got so humiliated by this act that he completed his entire journey by hiding his face under the blanket.
- Ashok has done more than 250 Marathi films until 2019.
- Ashok has survived two major accidents; one where his neck was badly injured and the other when he was travelling for a press conference for his movie, ‘Gol Gol Dabyatla.’