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Ashoka the Great (2001)
"Asoka" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  26 October 2001 (India)
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The Epic tale of King Asoka's life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaurwaki (as Karriena Kapoor)
Rahul Dev ...
Gerson Da Cunha ...
King Bindusara (as Gerson da' Cunha)
Subhashini Ali ...
Dharma (as Subhashini)
Umesh Mehra ...
Emperor Chadragupta
Sooraj Balaji ...
Prince Aryan
Johnny Lever ...
Magadha Soldier
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Magadha Soldier
Suresh Menon ...
Magadha Soldier
Ajith Kumar ...
Shilpa Mehta ...
Queen - Susima's Mother (as Shilpa A. Mehta)
Rajlaxmi R. Roy ...
Bar Girl (Aa Tayar Ho Ja)


Prince Ashoke (Shahrukh Khan), heir to the Magadha Kingdom, bowing to his mother's (Shilpa Mehta) demand forsakes his princely status and goes to live in the wild for awhile. There he meets and falls in love with Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor). He identifies himself as Pawan, not wanting to disclose his identity yet. Ashoke has to return to Magadha, but when he returns to find and wed Kaurwaki, he is told by Bheema (Rahul Dev) that Kaurwaki and her brother Arya have been killed. Devastated Ashoke returns home. On the way home he is attacked and Devi (Hrishitaa Bhatt), of the Buddhist faith rescues him and tends to him till he gets well. As a result, Devi's marriage to her groom is cancelled. Ashoke weds her and brings her to Magadha, only to be told by his father that since Devi is not of the same race as he, she cannot be welcomed. Ashoke leaves with Devi and lives in Ujjaini. Soon Devi gets pregnant, and this arouses jealously and hatred amongst Ashoke's step-brothers. As a result they ... Written by rAjOo (

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 October 2001 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Ashoka the Great  »

Box Office


INR 130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£235,461 (UK) (26 October 2001)


£503,408 (UK) (9 November 2001)

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(International) | (uncut) | (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Spectacular Epic
17 July 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In India, about 260 BC in the Empire of Magadha, the Prince Asoka (Shah Rukh Khan) survives to many betrayals of his brothers, leaded by the evil Susima (Ajit Kumar), who wants to kill him to inherit the throne. Asoka's mother orders him to leave Magadha to save his life, and while traveling, he meets Princess Kaurwaki (Karriena Kapoor) and her brother, Prince Aryan (Sooraj Balaji) from Kalinga, who are undercover and protected by General Bheema (Rahul Dev). Asoka and Kaurwaki falls in love for each other, but the mother of Asoka calls him back to Magadha. When he returns to Kaurwaki, he does not find her, since she was attacked by traitors of Kalinga and was hidden in the house of a loyal vassal. When Asoka's mother is killed by a man of Susima, Asoka becomes mad, kills all his evil brothers but Sugatra, who escapes to Kalinga. Asoka decides to conquer Kalinga, but in the end, he concludes that he has not built an empire, but conquered only corpses and destroyed everything, and he decides to spread love and the Buddhism with his son and his daughter.

"Asoka" is a spectacular epic from Bolywood. In Brazil, there are very few Indian movies released on DVD, but all of them are excellent. "Asoka" is one of the best, with a beautiful romance, very dramatic situations and great actions scenes, and a touching conclusion. The actress Karriena Kapoor is extremely beautiful and sexy, and has a great chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan. The boy Sooraj Balaji has a great performance in the role of a prince. Unfortunately the lyrics of the songs have not been translated in the Brazilian DVD. From other Bolywood movies, I am sure that the songs are very important, since they always tell something about the feelings of the characters in that moment. By the way, the music score is excellent. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Asoka"

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