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अशोक मेहता ashok mehta cinematographer

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ASHOK MEHTA


Can you tell us how you came to Bombay?
I came to Bombay when I was very young. I must have been about 13 or 14 years old. I ran away from home when I was in class seven…
When I came to Bombay, I knew nobody and I had no friends here. I did any job that came my way. My first job was working with a hawker. I used to sell boiled eggs. Another job offered to me soon after was to sell watermelon slices – this was in 1963. Once, during a holiday, I got a chance to go and see a film shoot happening. So I decided to actually go to the studios after that to see if I could find something to do. I went to Ranjeet Studio, Rooptara Studio and to the Sri sound studios at Dadar. They wouldn’t allow me in. The gates were closed. Shooting was going on inside and I couldn’t go in, they said. While I stood there and waited a gen…