Ashok Pathak: Father had never seen 1 lakh rupees at once, I became a millionaire in just one and a half months

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Ashok Pathak: Father had never seen 1 lakh rupees at once, I became a millionaire in just one and a half months


The third season of 'Panchayat', which aired recently on OTT, has created a lot of buzz. Every character of this show has brought equal life to the series, seeing which you cannot tell who is the lead hero and who is the side hero. Till now you must have read and heard a lot about Oshak Pathak, who plays the character of Binod in this series. But perhaps very few people would know that Ashok has also tried his hand in Hollywood. Now how did a boy studying in class 9, who once used to sell cotton by roaming around on a bicycle in the afternoon of June, reach such heights, how he was surprised to see so much money in his account in the first month of starting work, today in Presswire18 Times' 'Monday Motivation' we will know the real story of this artist. This story of his life is no less than an inspiration for those artists who dream of coming to the film world, but face many obstacles.

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Ashok Pathak has shared his story with 'Josh Talks' and told his story from the beginning. In this conversation, he said, 'The children whose parents tell them that son, do not hang out with this boy, he will spoil you… consider me to be that boy. I was not interested in studies, so I said that I have to earn money and take care of the house. At that time I was in the ninth class and started selling cotton with my uncle. I don't know where I got the energy from at that time, I used to go from Faridabad to Palwal, Badarpur Border Sector 6, used to cycle 20-20 kilometers and that too in the hot afternoon of May-June. I learned this by watching my uncle.'

'They used to rob people at the ticket window to buy movie tickets'

He further said, 'I think acting was born somewhere inside me from there, poverty also taught me a little acting. I used to think that I will get a little emotional and tell the medical people that Sir this cotton is of 60 rupees, I am selling it for 70… I am saving 10 rupees, I am also studying so please take it… However, that bundle used to come for 50 instead of 60 and I was sticking it for 70. Many times when someone did not feel like it, he used to buy me thinking I was a child. Graduation changed my life. I was fond of singing, I thought I would also become an artist. I was fond of films. There was a time when I used to fight at the ticket window to get a ticket, I remember Mission Kashmir, I remember the film Jaanwar. I have done many things of climbing the window and snatching tickets. I still remember the movie Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge was playing in Sagar Cinema, that day my cotton was also sold out in an hour, I happily bought a ticket of 15 rupees, ate gutkha, smoked a cigarette and watched the movie proudly.

Friends used to laugh at Ashok Pathak by making fun of his looks

Ashok told that he did commercial theatre in Hisar. My college teachers and professors supported me a lot. My college professor said- direct the play, you will get money too and I got 40 thousand rupees from there. I reached Mumbai with that money. Maybe God was with me, my friends also used to say that you don't have any looks, how will you become a hero. Everyone used to laugh that brother will become our hero.

I became a crorepati in Mumbai in one and a half month

He said, 'When I reached Mumbai, I got my first job in Sony TV. I got Rs 2500 and my happiness knew no bounds because I was working in Mumbai on my fifth day. My passion was that I wanted to do films. I used to roam every corner of Mumbai in search of work. Within a month, I became a millionaire in Mumbai. I got a Domino's advertisement. I got Rs 70,000 for one day and two days of work. When I was told this on the phone, I felt I would faint. I asked – are you saying 17 or 70? They said it is your final and you will get 70 more for this advertisement. You will not believe that within one and a half months, more than one lakh rupees had come in my account. My father had never been able to save so much money during his job and I became a millionaire in Mumbai within one and a half months.'

Worked with everyone from Brendan Fraser to Ronald Pickup

In the same conversation, he told that acting also took him to Hollywood. Ashok said, 'I have also worked with Brendan Fraser (American Canadian actor), Ronald Pickup and have also done a Hollywood film titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015).

'I never thought that Panchayat would be such a hit, I cried after reading the message'

He said, 'I worked honestly in Panchayat and when it was released and all this happened, I felt that I had not thought of this. There are so many great characters, where am I among them. But there will be such a flood of Vinod and memes…I cried after reading some messages. Panchayat settled in every person's heart and Vinod settled because of that Panchayat.'

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