Ashok Kumar Agarwal, who had been ill for the past six months, died on Wednesday.
“Cinematographer-director Ashok Kumar Agarwal passed away due to health problems this morning. He was undergoing treatment in hospitals in Chennai and Hyderabad over the last six months,” a family member said.
“His family recently brought him back home after his condition had deteriorated,” the family member added.
Agarwal worked on more than 100 films across several languages. Some of his best works include films Jeans, Nadigan and Johnny.
He received a National Award for his work in 1980 Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe. He also worked as a cinematographer in Hindi and English films such as Sacha Pyaar and Backwaters, respectively.
He also directed award winning films Andru Peitha Mazhayil (Tamil), Abhi Nandana (Telugu), and Kaamagini (Hindi) and has worked with several stalwarts of the Indian film industry.
His major works include
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