Ashok Mehta was a noted Indian film cinematographer, known for films such as Bandit Queen, 36 Chowringhee Lane and Utsav. He won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography twice, 36 Chowringhee Lane and Moksha, the latter he also directed.
He worked both with directors of mainstream Bollywood, like Subhash Ghai and Rajiv Rai, Mukul Anand, as well as parallel cinema directors, like Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen. He also worked on films, including Shekhar Kapoor's Bandit Queen, Girish Karnad's Utsav, Gulzar's Ijaazat and MF Hussain's Gaja Gamini.
Early in 2012, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he died in Mumbai in August 2012, at the age of 65.