Release date: January 7, 2011
Director: Gaurav Jain
Cast: Voices – Even the movie’s official website has not thought it fit to list their names!
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So much rubbish is churned out these days by people who think that if they throw in “destiny”, a “rightful owner” or a “chosen one” into a story, they’ve got a Harry Potter / Superman / Spiderman / Batman / LOTR on their hands. The makers of Ashoka The Hero shame themselves further by lifting their hero’s look straight from Superman, even showing him suspended vertically in mid-air with one leg slightly bent in the manner of Christopher Reeve, as he watches over his city.
The animation looks dated, the movement of the figures is stodgy. Good Indian animation films are hard to come by, but an overall low standard can hardly be an excuse! The recent Ajay Devgn-Kajol starrer Toonpur ka Superhero did a pretty neat job of its mix of live action and animation. And director Anurag Kashyap’s Hanuman Returns was laudable both for its visuals and storytelling. Ashoka The Hero, on the other hand, looks like it was made during the Kalinga war.
Rating (out of five): Forget it!