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Asoka
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
What happens when you give bubble gum chewing airheads some expensive film, three meters of cloth and a history textbook? Well you get Ashoka - oh no, pardon me all over the place, Asoka!

A film made by scheming warlocks on a moonless night, Asoka seems to have thrown in some fancy-schmancy visual work, midriff baring bimbettes, a hero who seems to be a cross between Rambo and the Planet Of The Apes, and a certain Anu Malik who has a certain penchant for cacophony, all into the same cauldron, and let them simmer gratefully on a low flame. And when the Kalinga war begins to put up a stink, you know that the warlocks will drain SRK as Asoka from out of the cauldron and then hang him on a Buddhist clothesline to drip-dry.

This, my simple-minded friends, is Asoka all simplified and spelt out for you, so that you don't waste a good weekend watching some testosterone driven male going on a killing spree that would put Jack The Ripper to shame.

Asoka was supposed to be the King Khan's dream film. Yeah. And going by the flick, you just begin to worry about his taste if nothing else. Santosh Sivan's flick makes a feeble apology right at the beginning that it doesn't attempt to trace the exact history of Asoka. I'm mighty glad they cleared the air on that one... going by the flick alone I would be led to believe that Hemant Trivedi still had a boutique in 267BC.

The film traces the story of King Asoka (SRK) as he makes his journey through life. Young Asoka (played by Neanderthal man SRK) is moving at mach 5 towards the throne of his kingdom. But there is a bug on the windshield in the form of his evil stepbrother Susiman (Ajit Kumar). Fearing for her son's life, Asoka's mother Dharma tells him to take a hike in to the woods and stay put till danger disappears. So Asoka buzzes off.

SRK's voyeuristic instincts get ample mileage when he sees young white whale Kareena prancing around as usual in her boob tube. He does a couple of flips, and soon Cupid strikes a cacophonous chord. Take a bow, Anu Malik. With this begins a love story of the blue bloods - Kareena is Karubaki, the princess of Magadh, on the run with her little brother Aryan - hello?? - and a Senapati Bheem (Rahul Dev). But neither SRK nor KK knows of each other's lineage.

SRK soon leaves as his mom falls ill and life takes a different turn altogether. And this is also when I think the grass kicked in, as you are subject to stuff you don't want to bother to believe.

Asoka is a tale, like I said, made by bubblegum chewing teenagers, for a strictly angrez audience whose IQs are below the per capita income of Ethiopia. It tries to tell a tale differently and succeeds in a meek manner, but the film doesn't try to give it a smidgen of credibility in the form of language, costumes, music and the like.

SRK dominates totally with some intense teeth baring, gnashing and grating, and that's about it. And why is Kareena spelt in the credits as Karreina? Gosh, it's easier to spell Encyclopaedia Galactica backwards. She does her bit anyways, flashing around the screen. SRK and KK have as much chemistry as pizza and sambar.

If you want to watch the film, you might just want to pay attention to the direction, since Sivan has done a good job with some neat scenes. But apart from that there isn't much to write home about. The whole film is weird, and make sure you've your insurance policy in triplicate before entering the hall. Cheerio and good luck interpreting your slice of history.
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Prathap_pk on 3rd Apr 2002, 11:17am | Permalink
2 stars for the movie and 4 stars for the writing. i think sk is really cool.
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4
Raj Jain on 19th Dec 2001, 12:55pm | Permalink
The movie is just ultimate..There r people who have posted there comments which r bull shit.It is the best movie i felt.People like Govindas nonsense movies as super hit. Then thismovie should do platinum jubleee
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8
Gauri Khan on 20th Nov 2001, 1:38am | Permalink
Why the hell is this boob talk,dont criticize my hubby.
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4
Shakeela on 13th Nov 2001, 9:42pm | Permalink
Shahrukh has bigger boobs than Kareena!
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2
Bruce Lee on 12th Nov 2001, 9:08pm | Permalink
Hey Manishi-Your comments are good..hahahahahaha..
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2
Manishi-hyderabad on 12th Nov 2001, 7:13pm | Permalink
deenamma jeevitham, aa heroine kanna better to see lizard's face on the wall
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2
Charan Reddy on 12th Nov 2001, 7:10pm | Permalink
c'mon yaar!don't understand y every one is up in arms against SRK. may not be great but definitely good with slick visuals,great war scenes and a few good jokes.
The only set back is detraction of history.
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8
SYED ZAINUL on 11th Nov 2001, 9:57pm | Permalink
WASTE OF TIME
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4
Brad Pitt on 7th Nov 2001, 8:54pm | Permalink
Andy Boy-click on more readers comments below,you will know what is it all about!
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2
Andy Boy on 7th Nov 2001, 1:55pm | Permalink
hahahaha...
what was all that about?
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2
Brad Pitt on 7th Nov 2001, 4:05am | Permalink
Come on!nymphos and porns,dont make this place a red light area.BTW,the movie is like Kamatipura.
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2
Lunavath Sakru on 7th Nov 2001, 3:44am | Permalink
The great emperor Ashoka planted trees on both sides of the road but this Asoka planted kisses in all places under the trees.How is my analysis?
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2
Nympho Queen on 7th Nov 2001, 2:58am | Permalink
Hey Porn King,
You are absolutely right.I went to the movie to watch the great Ashoka not this mean Asoka.SRK spoiled my day with his monkey tricks ably supported by Karreina.
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2
Priya Sapru on 7th Nov 2001, 2:53am | Permalink
Enough of this love stuff.They(producers)tried all kinds of love shit and now they are after the "history".I have great admiration for king Ashoka.This movie definitely hurt my feelings.
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2
Porn King on 6th Nov 2001, 10:04pm | Permalink
hey nympho - depends on what ur watchin the film for. U dont get to see Asoka in Shah Rukh - u get to see Shah Rukh in Asoka.
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4
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