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Asoka

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2001
  • Santosh Sivan
  • 169 mins
  • 12

Summary

Legendary third-century Indian Emperor Asoka wages a bloody war against the neighbouring kingdom of Kalinga, leaving it devastated, but is later consumed with remorse when he realises the level of destruction he has caused. Epic historical adventure, starring Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ajit Kumar

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Although its epic sweep contrasts sharply with the intense intimacy of The Terrorist, it's clear from the visual lyricism and symbolic preoccupation with water that this rousing historical drama was also directed by Santosh Sivan. His stylised use of close-ups, angles and cross-cutting lends an added personal touch to what is, essentially, a genre film, chronicling the life of the Mauryan emperor, who abandoned tyranny to embrace Buddhism. Sivan's approach to history is somewhat cavalier, but he has created what amounts to a Bollywood Braveheart, with Shah Rukh Khan suitably dashing in the title role and Kareena Kapoor impressive as his warrior wife.

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Credits

Cast

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AsokaShah Rukh Khan
KaurwakiKareena Kapoor
ViratDanny Denzongpa
SusimaAjit (3)
BheemaRahul Dev

Crew

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DirectorSantosh Sivan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Enzo Pictures
Released on
2001-10-26
Languages
Hindi
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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