Asoka (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 26, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Brian Mckay

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.

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Rachel Dwyer
Sight and Sound

This enthralling film deserves to realise Indian producers' longstanding dream of reaching an international audience.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Neil Smith

If you leave your prejudices at the box office, you may find it rather invigorating -- if a little on the lengthy side.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

Bold, rich, vibrant and passionate.

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Sajin P A
An applaudable effort from Santosh Sivan. If he had shown the guts to make this movie without the song sequences and certain Bolywood gimmicks this could have… More
Leo L
Great movie. Interesting story plot.