Pravir wrote on 22 Feb 2010
Shakti Samanta and Ashok Kumar were friends when the former was still struggling to make an acting career. Ashok Kumar used to suggest him to keep doing bit roles like police inspector and concentrate more on film making by assisting established directors. A few years later, Shakti Samanta offered a film to Ashok Kumar as hero under his direction. The film was ironically titled "Inspector", and went on to be the first hit of Samanta's career.