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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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2001 (India)  »

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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 wanted Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to be cast in the role of Kaurwaki. However, the director, Santosh Sivan, wanted to cast an actress with whom he hadn't already been paired in a leading role. Shahrukh also recommended Sushmita Sen to play the singing dancer in the bar. See more »

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Referenced in That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) 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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Likeable Drama/Musical
29 May 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Likeable, but long, quasi drama, quasi musical with a little comedy thrown in about intrigues of a family of an Indian Raj. This won't be everybody's cup, but if you stay with it, the story delivers a satisfying conclusion.

The actors are attractive and enjoyable, the battle scenes were enhanced by NOT using CGG. By keeping shots local, on real actors, as opposed to long distance pans of computer generated people, it simply looked better. CGG, as shown in the movie THE PATRIOT; looked phony and to a viewers intuition, felt phony. Kudos to the producers for keeping it real.

My only beef was the time length of the film, and just a few too many melodramatic moments of pathos. This kind of going for the heart-strings style of screenwriting can backfire, if one goes to the well too often.

The music and dance numbers were pretty terrific, albeit through my western eyes. Their tempos were sweetly romantic, or heartfelt in their display of sadness, depending on the case. All were artistic, interesting and entertaining.

ASOKA, the biography of an Indian Prince, is recommended.


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