Asoka (2001)




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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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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Kareena Kapoor
as Kaurwaki
Ajith Kumar
as Susima
Ajit Kumar
as Susima
Rahul Dev
as Bheema
Umesh Mehra
as Emperor Chadragupta
Gerson Da Cunha
as King Bindusara
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All Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2003

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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Bold, rich, vibrant and passionate.

November 25, 2001

This enthralling film deserves to realise Indian producers' longstanding dream of reaching an international audience.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review… | October 30, 2001

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Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Asoka

Sorry but movie sucks big time. Do you guys want to see western hip-hop dance in classical Indian movie? well here it is..

Parag Mahitkar
Parag Mahitkar

Pretty cinematography and good character development. It was good to see Shahrukh turn from proud prince to reformed monk.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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 A
Sajin P A

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