Asoka (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 3 mins

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Prince Ashoke (Shahrukh Khan), heir to the Magadha Kingdom, bowing to his mother's (Shilpa Mehta) demand forsakes his princely status and goes to live in the wild for awhile. There he meets and falls in love with Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor). He identifies himself as Pawan, not wanting to disclose his identity yet. Ashoke has to return to Magadha, but when he returns to find and wed Kaurwaki, he is told by Bheema (Rahul Dev) that Kaurwaki and her brother Arya have been killed. Devastated Ashoke returns home. On the way home he is attacked and Devi (Hrishitaa Bhatt), of the Buddhist faith rescues him and tends to him till he gets well. As a result, Devi's marriage to her groom is cancelled. Ashoke weds her and brings her to Magadha, only to be told by his father that since Devi is not of the same race as he, she cannot be welcomed. Ashoke leaves with Devi and lives in Ujjaini. Soon Devi gets pregnant, and this arouses jealously and hatred amongst Ashoke's step-brothers. As a result they plot to kill Devi, however, their plans are foiled by Ashoke's mother, who is killed. Ashoke swears to avenge his mother's death by killing his step-brothers one by one, except for one, who has fled to Kalinga. Ashoke asks the ruler of Kalings to turn over his step-brother to him, and they refuse. Ashoke swears to raze Kalinga to the ground. Ashoke is unstoppable. Even his close friend, Virat (Danny Denzongpa), too, is unable to stop Ashoke. Ashoke as he proceeds to war, little knowing that the queen of Kalinga is none other than Kaurwaki, who is still alive.

Cast: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shah Rukh Khan

Crew: Santosh Sivan (Director), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), Anu Malik (Music Director), Sandeep Chowta (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Release Dates: 26 Oct 2001 (India)

Tagline: Only the dead have seen the end of war

Hindi Name: अशोक

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Did you know? Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor had to undergo training in sword fighting for their roles. Read More
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as Kaurwaki
as Asoka
as Susima
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Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
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as Virat
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as King Bindusara
as Devi
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Magadha Soldier
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
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as Kalinga Minister
Supporting Actress
as Radhagupta
as Kalinga Minister's Goon
as Magadha Soldier
as Bheema
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Queen - Susima's Mother
as Nandaneshwari
as Prince Aryan
as Dharma
Supporting Actress
as Magadha Soldier
Supporting Actor
as Emperor Chadragupta
as Nanny
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Sugratra
as Sugidha
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 435 ES
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 
05:55
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai
02 
05:13
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
03 
06:40
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
04 
05:37
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Shaan Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik
05 
05:14
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
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06:11
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
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04:03
Taglines:
Only the dead have seen the end of war
Trivia:
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.

Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor had to undergo training in sword fighting for their roles.