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The film, though, concerns itself only with Asoka's rise to power, his love for the princess Kaurwaki, and his subsequent descent into brutality. Shah Rukh Khan is a brooding and temperamental prince who woos the lovely princess Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor) incognito and with the aid of the obligatory song-and-dance numbers. After a promising start involving mythic swords, heroic combat, and King Lear-like sibling rivalry, the film falls into a familiar Bollywood groove for a while until events overtake the unlucky lovers and Asoka turns mean when he thinks his princess is dead. She in turn searches vainly for her handsome hero, not knowing his real identity; and when the tyrannical Asoka attacks her kingdom she leads her people against his armies in a near-genocidal war. The finale, after a wonderfully staged battle that employs 6,000 extras, is genuinely touching.
Throughout, the film works best when striving for a realistic tone, though the fairy tale romance and song interludes are doubtless contrived to please the domestic Indian audience more than cynical Europeans. It's a shame that Asoka's true greatness is never realized on screen, as the story ends before his momentous conversion, but as a film that tackles big themes with real visual flair Asoka nonetheless deserves to find a worldwide audience. --Mark Walker
I really like Kauwaki's character in this movie.
Confronted by the aftermath of his conquest, Asoka is overcome with remorse and renounces the path of war to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of Buddhism.
Although "Asoka" is only loosely based on historic facts, it is still a beautiful film.
I loved this movie I just wished they talked in English instead of English version.Published 19 days ago by Amy M Gusty
My brother and I saw this movie a looonngg time ago. So excited to see that amazon really does offer a variety "from A to Z". Great movie!!Published 10 months ago by Blmtfish
Show it to your classes! At least you can show it up until when Ashoka thinks Karwaki is dead, which is around 45 minutes into this 3 hour extravaganza. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JTP
AWESOME THIS MOVIE IS GREAT! It has drama, love, suspense, action and adventure! Overall it's a definite must see! Asoka is the best movie I've seen in awhile!Published 14 months ago by Gabe Hartman
Shah Rukh was fabulous as always. He really knows how to bring his characters to life. This was a very good film. I recommend it. I love these type of historical films. Great cast.Published 15 months ago by TERE
Bought the movie for my husband, he has been looking for this movie forever and I found it here FantasticPublished 17 months ago by Rachel A. Chevalier
One of the students in my art history class suggested this one when we studied Indian art. It's definately not a relevant historical documentary... Read morePublished 22 months ago by wabbit
An epic drama that weaves horrific scene battles with vigorous dances on melodious songs and breathtaking shots of fog-clad green hills, Asoka is an expensive historical epic that... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Lavinia Stan