Ashok Mehta ( born in 1947 in Punjab, India, † August 15, 2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) was an Indian cinematographer, film director, screenwriter and film producer, who won the Silver Lotus Award of the National Film Award twice.
Mehta began his career in the film industry of India in 1978 as a film cameraman Lal Kothi as well as a production manager for the film Karmayogi.
In 1981 he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Cinematography ( Silver Lotus Award ), specifically for the color film 36 Chowringhee Lane by director Aparna Sen Jennifer Kendal and with Dhritiman Chatterjee in the lead roles for the first time.
For the camera work in Trimurti ( 1995) by Mukul Anand Shah Rukh Khan and Jackie Shroff Mehta, who in the films Ijaazat (1987) and Dil Tera Aashiq (1993 ) won participated as an actor, in 1996 the Star Screen Award for Best Cinematography. In 1997 he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography in the film Bandit Queen (1994 ) about Phoolan Devi by director Shekhar Kapur with Seema Biswas and Nirmal Pandey honored in the lead roles.
Another National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 2001 he got for Moksha: Salvation, in which he was both a film producer and directed and wrote the screenplay. The main roles were played by Arjun Rampal and Manisha Koirala.
Other well-known Bollywood movies, where he worked as a cameraman, were Gupt: The Hidden Truth ( 1997) by Rajiv Rai Bobby Deol and Kajol, Gaja Gamini (2000) by Maqbul Fida Husain Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, only your heart knows the truth (2003) by Naresh Malhotra with Aishwarya Rai and Arjun Rampal, Chalte Chalte - Where destiny leads us (2003) by Aziz Mirza with Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, Kisna - the fire of Love (2005) by Subhash Gai with Vivek Oberoi and Isha Sharvani and No Entry - fling prohibited! (2005) by Anees Bazmee with Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan.