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Asoka

Bollywood | Action | Romance | Drama | Dance and Music |

Hindi | 2 hr 48 min | Release Date Sep 13, 2001

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Asoka : Release Date, Trailer, Cast & Songs

About Asoka

The film depicts the early years of Emperor Asoka's life. It starts with his time as a General in Takshashila and culminates with the brutal subjugation of the Kalinga.

Asoka and his half-brother, prince Susima fight over the throne. The Emperor orders Empress Dharma (Subhashini Ali) to discipline her son Asoka. She forces Asoka to leave the palace.

During his travels, he meets the princess of Kalinga and falls in love with Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor). Later on, Asoka and Kaurwaki secretly marry.

After returning to the capital, he is once again sent to crush an uprising in Ujjaini by his father. On the way, he is informed of Kaurwaki’s assassination. Crushed, he launches a ruthless assault on Ujjaini. 

Meanwhile, the emperor dies and queen Dharma is stabbed to death by assassins sent by Susima who is later killed while attempting to murder Asoka, making Asoka the emperor. 

Asoka declares war on Kalinga and emerges victorious. Later, Asoka learns that Kaurwaki is alive and finds her severely injured. Asoka realizes that his enemies and family are dead because of him. 

The film concludes with Asoka throwing his grandfather's sword into the ocean and embracing Buddhism. The concluding tale explains how Asoka not only established a vast empire, but also disseminated Buddhism and the winds of peace throughout it.

Asoka was released on Oct 25, 2001 and was directed by Santosh Sivan .This movie is 2 hr 48 min in duration and is available in Hindi language. Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa and Hrishitaa Bhatt are playing as the star cast in this movie. You can watch the movie online on Netflix, as long as you are a subscriber to the video streaming OTT platform. Asoka scores a 6.4 digit binge rating out of 10 and is a good movie to watch in the Bollywood, Action, Romance and Drama genres.

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Asoka Trailer and Promotional Videos

Shah Rukh Khan & Kareena Kapoor On The Sets Of 'Asoka' | Flashback Video - YouTube
  • Making Of Asoka | Shahrukh Khan | Kareena Kapoor | Flashback Video - YouTube

Popular Dialogues

  • 1.Yudh ka ek hi niyam hota hai ... vijay

  • 2.Prem ek ghaav hai joh na jeene deta hai aur na marne deta hai

  • 3.Main tumse prem karta hoon, kewal tumse ... tumhare sivah na kuch chahta hoon, na kuch sochta hoon ... jabse tumko dekha hai sab badal sa gaya hai, main badal sa gaya hoon ... kuch samajh nahi aata ... na kehta toh pagal ho jaata

Movie Awards and Nomination

  • Awards of the International Indian Film Academy (2002)
  • Award for Technical Excellence [Winner] Best Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
  • Bollywood Awards (2002)
  • Bollywood Movie Award [Winner] Best Playback Singer - Female: Alka Yagnik
  • Filmfare Awards (2002)
  • Filmfare Award [Winner] Best Cinematography:Santosh Sivan
  • Filmfare Award [Nominee] Best Film: Santosh Sivan
  • Filmfare Award [Nominee] Best Director: Santosh Sivan
  • Filmfare Award [Nominee] Best Actress:Kareena Kapoor
  • Filmfare Award [Nominee] Best Playback Singer - Female: Alka Yagnik

Trivia

1. 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.
2. Director O.P. Ralhan was first going to direct a film on Ashoka in 1979. The budget was very big and he was going to launch a newcomer in the title role. Thousands of people applied for the role. Jackie Shroff sent in his picture and gave an audition. The film was eventually shelved.
3. Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor had to undergo training in sword fighting for their roles.
4.The first film of Shahrukh Khan to release globally for an international audience.
5. Ajith Kumar's Hindi debut and remains the only Hindi movie he has worked on.
6. Shah Rukh Khan initially wanted Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play the female lead. But then he and the director decided to offer the role to Karisma Kapoor. She rejected it and it eventually went to her sister Kareena Kapoor.
7.The film leaves its many complex moments unexplored and disjointed, choosing to pitch it as a love story instead of an epic tale of war and peace," an Indian reviewer wrote.
8. A song picturized of Johnny Lever was deleted.
9. Shah Rukh Khan's only film to date is to be based on a real character.
10. All the characters in the film (from the Maurya empire and Kalinga) speak modern Hindi as opposed to the ancient Prakrit dialects spoken in the 3rd century BCE.
11. Anu explains "While researching for the film, we discovered that Body Art was a prominent part of that time. For the character of Kaurwaki, (Kareena) we used different designs of tattoos."
12."I also tried to give the different parts of the film different looks: for example when the viewer is taken to Magadha (Bihar), the temples and houses have been made using black granite while when we are in Kalinga (Orissa) I have used brown sandstone and earth tones to generate a different feel. Also, I worked with only six pillars in the film, it is hard to imagine that once you see the film", says Sabu Cyril.
13. The elaborate final battle scene (the battle fought against the Kalingas) employed over six thousand extras and hundreds of elephants.
14. The song "Raat Ka Nasha" was picturized at Bhedaghat and Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh amidst the Narmada River.
15. It had an opening weekend of USD800,000 (3.84 crore Rs.) and went on to gross USD1.07 million (5.13 crore Rs.) in its first week.
16. 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.
17. Kareena was paired opposite Shahrukh for the first time.
18. It is a dramatized version of the early life of emperor Asoka, of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled most of the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BCE.
19. It was produced by Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, and Radhika Sangoi.
20. It was originally released as Ashoka The Great in India.
21.Film's dialogue by Abbas Tyrewala.
22. The screenplay was written by Santosh Sivan and Saket Chaudhary.
23. The film was selected for screening at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where it got a positive response.
24. The Tamil release title is Samrat Ashoka.
25. However, while the film was critically acclaimed it performed moderately at the box office.
  • Budget

    Rs 13 Crores

  • Box office collection

    Rs 28 Crores

  • Filming Location

    Panchmarhi,Maheshwar,Madhya Pradesh, Jaipur,Igatpuri and Bhubaneswar

  • Production Details

    Red Chillies Entertainment

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Asoka FAQ's

The release date of Asoka is Sep 13, 2001.

Asoka scores a 6.32 digit binge rating out of 10 and is a good movie to watch.

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The star cast of Asoka are : Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sooraj Balaji, Rahul Dev, Danny Denzongpa, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Ajith Kumar, Gerson Da Cunha, Subhashini Ali, Umesh Mehra, Vineet Sharma, Shweta Menon, Karan Dewani, Johnny Lever, Suresh Menon, Shilpa Mehta, Vivek Sharma, Gayatri Jayaraman, Dimple Inamdar, Shaan Mukherjee and Raghubir Yadav.

Asoka is directed by Santosh Sivan.

You can watch Asoka online on Netflix.

This movie is available in Hindi language.

This movie is available in Bollywood, Action, Romance, Drama and Dance and Music genres.

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