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Cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan follows up on his acclaimed 1999 opus Malli with this sweeping historical epic. Asoka, the emperor of the Mauryan dynasty between 274 and 232 B.C., was famed for having unified much of modern-day India and for raising Buddhism from obscurity to the ranks of a world religion. Early in his life, as Emperor of the region of Magadha, he waged a brutal campaign against the neighboring fiefdom of Challenge, leaving the land bloody and ravaged. The war paid a toll on the young king; having realized the full horror that he wrought, Asoka renounced violence… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part historical epic, Part booty-shaking music video. While the musical segues could have ended up on the editing room floor, I've sat through worse things than Kareena Kapoor shaking her bootay."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"This enthralling film deserves to realise Indian producers' longstanding dream of reaching an international audience."
‑ Rachel Dwyer, Sight and Sound
"While it doesn't quite stack up with the best of recent Indian imports ... this handsome historical epic does have a lot to recommend it."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"If you leave your prejudices at the box office, you may find it rather invigorating -- if a little on the lengthy side."
‑ Neil Smith,
"Bold, rich, vibrant and passionate."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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