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Cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan follows up on his acclaimed 1999 opus Malli with this sweeping historical epic. Asoka, the emperor of the Mauryan dynasty between 274 and 232 B.C., was famed for having unified much of modern-day India and for raising Buddhism from obscurity to the ranks of a world religion. Early in his life, as Emperor of the region of Magadha, he waged a brutal campaign against the neighboring fiefdom of Challenge, leaving the land bloody and ravaged. The war paid a toll on the young king; having realized the full horror that he wrought, Asoka renounced violence and turned to the spiritual sanctuary of Buddhism. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Asoka

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

  • If you leave your prejudices at the box office, you may find it rather invigorating -- if a little on the lengthy side.

    Oct 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
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  • Part historical epic, Part booty-shaking music video. While the musical segues could have ended up on the editing room floor, I've sat through worse things than Kareena Kapoor shaking her bootay.

    Aug 10, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While it doesn't quite stack up with the best of recent Indian imports ... this handsome historical epic does have a lot to recommend it.

    Sep 13, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bold, rich, vibrant and passionate.

    Nov 25, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • This enthralling film deserves to realise Indian producers' longstanding dream of reaching an international audience.

    Nov 6, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Asoka

  • Jan 15, 2011
    An applaudable effort from Santosh Sivan. If he had shown the guts to make this movie without the song sequences and certain Bolywood gimmicks this could have been a real class act, and well worth showing to an international audience.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2008
    I need to re-watch it to give better review, I haven't watch this movie for almost 9 years.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2007
    Great movie. Interesting story plot.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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