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

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The Epic tale of King Asoka's life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Asoka
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Kaurwaki (as Karriena Kapoor)
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Virat
Rahul Dev ...
Bheema
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Devi
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 ...
Susima
Shilpa Mehta ...
Queen - Susima's Mother (as Shilpa A. Mehta)
Rajlaxmi R. Roy ...
Bar Girl (Aa Tayar Ho Ja)
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Storyline

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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Only the dead have seen the end of war.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 October 2001 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Ashoka the Great  »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£235,461 (UK) (26 October 2001)

Gross:

£503,408 (UK) (9 November 2001)
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2.35 : 1
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Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor had to undergo training in sword fighting for their roles. See more »

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References Gladiator (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

O Re Kanchi
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Shaan, Suneeta Rao (as Sunita Rao) and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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magnificent acting and cinematography
31 July 2004 | by (vellore india) – See all my reviews

the film revolves around a real life incident of India's ancient emperor Asoke the great.

the beginning of the film is simply marvelous, with the emperor Chandragupta Mauriya, renouncing the throne and advising the young prince Asoka not to use the sword.

the story moves quickly onwards projecting asoka as a competent, even brilliant general but ruthless and ambitious. he is embroiled in intrigues with his step brothers, and with his father who is under the power of his step mother who is hostile to his very presence. unable to tame the haughty prince his mother forces him to go into exile.

the plot meanders a little until he meets the princess kaurwaki. interesting sequences follow with a heartbreaking partition of the two lovers and the eventual betrayal of asoka by his brothers.

the emotional parts are fantastic with poetic cinematography. there is some thing for everyone in this film.

Shah rukh khan once again proves that when it comes to the Indian film industry, there are few who can equal him. his screen presence is immense, and once he is on, there is nothing else you can help notice.

Kareena kapoor is good, as the destitute yet haughty princess Kaurwaki.

Supporting castes are excellent, with a special mention of Danny denzongpa, who acts his part to perfection.

the conclusion of the film is in the massive battle of Kalinga. here the fight sequences are real (not animated), with real time filming. hence the effect is great. the stunts though look like expressive ballet at times.

the only thing lacking is an all too brief exposure to the spiritual side of the event,(of the emperor renouncing violence). since this was the turning point in his life a little more on this and a little less on the romance between Asoka and Kaurwaki would have made this a definite hit.

all in all, a marvelous piece of cinema. a must watch for ANYONE.


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