"Another great Bollywood MUST BUY (the DVD has English subtitles)"
"In a sea of Hindi movies where the
story and scenes pay full homage to Hollywood- style, Asoka stands out like
with Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan
The story of Asoka, emperor of the Maurayan dynasty
who was responsible for introducing Buddhism as a world religion. Hindi
Both stylish and stylised, Santosh Sivan's Hindi epic Asoka tells the heavily fictionalised but nonetheless compelling
story of India's greatest emperor. In the third century BC the Mauryan
king Asoka built a vast empire by means of ruthless conquest; but after
the great Kalinga war he became sickened by the terrible slaughter he had
caused, converted to Buddhism and dedicated the rest of his life to
spreading peace and prosperity.
On the DVD: Presented in sumptuous widescreen (2.35:1)
anamorphic format and in Dolby 5.1, the film can be viewed with or without
English subtitles. There are also two short documentaries, in English,
featuring interviews with the star and director among others. The five big
musical numbers can be accessed all in one go or individually, while a
trailer and picture gallery complete a good package.
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