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Aŝoka (Devanagari: अशोक) is a 2001 Bollywood epic historical drama film. It is a largely fictional version of the life of the Indian emperor Ashoka the Great, of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled most of southern Asia from 273 BCE to 232 BCE. The film was directed by Santosh Sivan and stars Shahrukh Khan as Ashoka and Kareena Kapoor as Kaurwaki, a princess of Kalinga.
The screenplay was written by Santosh Sivan and Saket Chaudhary, the music was created by Anu Malik and the dialogue by Abbas Tyrewala. It was originally released as Ashoka The Great in India. The Tamil release title is Samrat Ashoka. Asoka is the maiden venture of Arclight & Films, established by Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla. The film was widely screened across the United Kingdom and North America, and was also selected for screening at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where it got positive response.
However, the film failed to please both critics and the audience alike and flopped at the box-office.Emperor Chandragupta Maurya is taking a sanyasa. His grandson, prince Asoka, claims his grandfather's sword. The Emperor explains that the sword is in fact a demon that, whenever unsheathed, craves blood. A few years later, Prince Asoka (Shahrukh Khan), now a brave youth, is battling the chief of Takshila. He figures that his half-brother Susima (Ajith Kumar) has deliberately withheld reinforcements from arriving, but defeats the enemy nevertheless.
Asoka's mother, Empress Dharma (Subhashini Ali), compels the prince to leave the kingdom to lead the life of a common man. The prince is disappointed, but leaves. In his travels, he meets a lovely maiden Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor) and falls in love with her. Soldiers from the kingdom of Kalinga are chasing her and her little brother Arya. They are on the run along with their faithful general Bheema (Rahul Dev). After saving their lives, Asoka introduces himself as Pawan, hiding his true identity. Kaurwaki and Arya are the princess and prince of Kalinga, who fled from their kingdom when the Prime Minister assassinated their parents.
Asoka and Kaurwaki get married but Asoka receives word that his mother is unwell. He rushes back only to find that his mother is perfectly fine and is in a conspiracy to remove him from power. The King dispatches Asoka to quell a rebellion in Ujjain. Asoka obeys but first returns to find Kaurwaki. Unable to find her, and not knowing she has gone into hiding, he is informed by Bheema that they were slaughtered. A heartbroken Asoka attempts suicide, but is saved by Viraat (Danny Denzongpa), who swears to protect him.
Mad with grief and anger, Asoka embarks on a violent campaign of conquest to seek death. Susima sends soldiers to assassinate him but Asoka is saved by Viraat and taken to a Buddhist monastery to recover. There, he meets a Buddhist maiden, Devi (Hrishita Bhatt), who cares for him. Asoka marries Devi and returns in splendour to Magadha. Susima and his brothers are wild with anger from their futile attempts to eliminate Asoka. In their last political move, Empress Dharma is killed instead. Angered, Asoka kills Susima and is anointed Emperor. A few months later, Princess Kaurwaki and Prince Arya return to Kalinga with Bheema and have the Prime Minister executed for treason. Asoka declares war on the kingdom; Kaurwaki still does not know that Asoka is Pawan, and they prepare for war.
A terrible war is fought in Kalinga. The Magadha army inflicts a cruel defeat on Kalinga. Not content with mere victory, Asoka's warriors butcher everyone in sight. Bheema is slain and Kaurwaki is wounded. Asoka later visits the battlefield, where he discovers his horse, who was supposed to be in Kaurwaki's possession. With a surge of hope, he frantically searches for Kaurwaki and finds her. They have a heart-to-heart talk and he apologizes deeply for his actions. He is interrupted by Arya, who is dying after being inflicted with arrows. With Arya dying in his arms, Asoka suddenly realizes that his enemies, his family, and even Arya, are all dead, because of him. His grandfather's advice butcher everyone in sight. Bheema is slain and Kaurwaki is wounded. Asoka later visits the battlefield, where he discovers his horse, who was supposed to be in Kaurwaki's possession. With a surge of hope, he frantically searches for Kaurwaki and finds her. They have a heart-to-heart talk and he apologizes deeply for his actions. He is interrupted by Arya, who is dying after being inflicted with arrows. With Arya dying in his arms, Asoka suddenly realizes that his enemies, his family, and even Arya, are all dead, because of him. His grandfather's advice about the sword had been right.
The film ends with Asoka throwing the sword at the same spot his grandfather had thrown it and embracing Buddhism. The final narrative describes how Asoka not only built a large empire, but spread Buddhism and the winds of peace through it. * Ajith Kumar as Susima Maurya
* Shahrukh Khan as Asoka Maurya / Pawan
* Kareena Kapoor as Princess Kaurwaki
* Danny Denzongpa as Viraat
* Subhashini Ali as Dharma
* Rahul Dev as Bheema
* Hrishita Bhatt as Devi
* Johnny Lever as Magadha soldier
* Raghuvir Yadav as Magadha soldier
* Suresh Menon as Magadha soldier
* Shweta Menon as Nandaneshwari, the flower seller
* Gayatri Jayaraman in an item number
The elaborate final battle scene employed over six thousand extras. Some of the actors portraying warriors in the movie were masters of Kalari, who used their expertise. They were the only ones to use real weapons in the filming. The song "Raat Ka Nasha" was picturised at Bhedaghat and Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh amidst the Narmada River.The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by Anu Malik and all the songs in the movie became a big hit of that time. Gulzar penned the lyrics for 6 of the songs while 1 song was written by Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack is considered as one of finest work produced by Anu Malik in association with Gulzar.irected by Santosh Sivan
Produced by Shahrukh Khan
Screenplay by Santosh Sivan
Narrated by Suresh Oberoi
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Dreamz Unlimited
Release date(s) October 26, 2001
Running time 171 mins
Budget INR13 croreThe film that relied largely on fiction and less on fact failed to please both critics and the audience alike. Historians slammed it for its preference of Kaurwaki over Ashoka's Buddhist bonafide wife Devi who is historically credited with his conversion to Buddhism. and flopped at the box-office. However, made a few waves internationally, but turned out to be a "super dud" at the box office in India.
Variety's David Rooney states, "a sprawling widescreen historical epic laced with Bollywood musical numbers, melodramatic romance, spectacular locations and violent battle scenes. Coming on the heels of Ashutosh Gowariker's "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India," "Asoka" provides further evidence that Bollywood is poised for wider commercial impact beyond its already substantial established niche. And while the ambling, uneconomical nature of popular Indian storytelling makes major crossover business unlikely in this case, some degree of general arthouse attention appears indicated. Khan cuts a dashing figure as a soulful hunk in the traditional Bollywood mold, while Kapoor plays ornately tattooed Kaurwaki as a lively mix of flirtatious coquette and feisty warrior woman, kind of like J. Lo meets Michelle Yeoh." Empire Magazine praised the movie gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It states,"Santosh Sivan may just be the man who provide that elusive Indian crossover hit with this rip-roaring historical adventure. The fact that Asoka was such a bloody warrior is no more ably demonstrated than when the battle scenes kick in near the end, it's like Kurosawa goes Bollywood." Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian calls the movie a big, brash and deeply enjoyable Bollywood epic. He stated "This movie's narrative gusto, its intricate, indirect eroticism - no sex, or even kissing - its lavish musical numbers and its sheer self-belief are a treat." Neil Smith describes the film "with elements of both "Gandhi" and "Braveheart", "Asoka" is a big, sprawling epic that looks every rupee it took to bring it to the screen." However, BBC's Santosh Sinha noted, "It is at this point in the film [when the prince go into hiding as per the request of the mother Queen] that Asoka is temporarily lost and Shahrukh Khan the actor takes over. He meets Princess Kaurwaki in the forest and then chases her around in a typically Bollywood way. He [Khan] is also less convincing when, grieved by the loss of life in Kalinga, he renounces violence and vows to spread the message of peace far and wide. This comes across as melodramatic. Bollywood style, Asoka finds Kaurwaki and the young Prince Arya of Kalinga on the battlefield. Prince Arya manages a dying speech before he keels over and that breaks Asoka completely." * International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Cinematography - Santosh Sivan
* IIFA Awards Best Actor (Critics) - Shahrukh Khan
* Filmfare Awards Best Cinematography - Santosh Sivan
The film further received four Filmfare nominations, seven Zee Cine Award and six Star Screen Awards including Best Film and Best Actress for Kareena Kapoor. 1. ^ IMDB Asoka (film)
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