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Ashoka the Great (2001)

Asoka (original title)
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The epic tale of King Asoka's life is recounted here.

Director:

Santosh Sivan

Writers:

Saket Chaudhary (screenplay), Santosh Sivan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Asoka
Kareena Kapoor ... Kaurwaki (as Karriena Kapoor)
Danny Denzongpa ... Virat
Rahul Dev ... Bheema
Hrishitaa Bhatt ... Devi
Gerson Da Cunha Gerson Da Cunha ... King Bindusara (as Gerson da' Cunha)
Subhashini Ali Subhashini Ali ... Dharma (as Subhashini)
Umesh Mehra Umesh Mehra ... Emperor Chadragupta
Sooraj Balaji Sooraj Balaji ... Prince Aryan
Johnny Lever ... Magadha Soldier
Raghuvir Yadav ... Magadha Soldier
Suresh Menon ... Magadha Soldier
Ajith Kumar ... Susima
Shilpa Mehta 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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashoka the Great See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$337,464, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:

$731,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,340,718
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 10 fresh reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version referred on the US DVD released by First Look Pictures Home Entertainment, also known as the Director's Cut, is listed at 152 minutes but actually runs 169 minutes. Several features distinguish this from the uncut version. First, it is a 24 fps print running at 25 fps. Second, several cuts are present that interrupt the flow of the narrative in the uncut version, particularly in several exchanges between characters in the time between the first and second songs, and in the time between the fourth and fifth songs. Furthermore, the shot of Virat's actual death is completely missing in this version. See more »

Connections

References The Patriot (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Aa Tayar Ho Hoja
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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are u kidding me?
13 November 2001 | by gluey_98See all my reviews

original and inventive direction and cinematography? didnt anyone else get the feeling that this was crouching tiger, hidden dragon with an indian story bolted onto it (and that too badly done!)?

where was the history? why dumb-ass and completely extraneous and unimaginative (except by indian standards) song and dance numbers, while a little bit about buddhist philosophy and not just a couple of orange filtered shots of a buddhist monk walking past the sunset?

right, plot...what plot? one scene develops to the next in such a contrived manner, one never knows why the war is being raged or any of the rest of it (eg. arya dying at the end...clearly the filmmakers intended, as is de rigeur in hindi films) that the audience must leave crying. but where is the dramatic role for arya's death? there isnt one...just the same as there is no dramatic kudos to any of the developments in the film, except perhaps to satisfy producers/distributors whims and demands.

direction...santosh sivan has clearly been watching and learning from ang lee and ridley scott amongst others and still manages to direct some of the most cack-handed action ever...could martial arts fight scenes be any more pedestrian?

i wont go on...but suffice it to say, i sat thru this more easily than the typical poor boy meets rich girl, whose father is a corrupt business type...his best friend dies at the end and he gets the girl type hindi film, but pls, dont think of this as original and ground breaking!


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