Star cast: Animation film.
Plot: Kid Ashok is bestowed with super-human powers which he has to use for eradicating evil and saving mankind.
What’s Good: Hardly anything!
What’s Bad: The complex story; the unexciting plot
Verdict: Ashoka The Hero will go largely unnoticed.
Loo break: Anytime!
To Watch or Not? If you have all the time in the world.
Illusion Interactive and Springboard Films’ Ashoka The Hero is an animation film. King Asoka The Great had won the Kalinga battle but the carnage had moved him to go on a quest to save mankind. He had brought together nine wise men from all over the world, who had har- nessed the powers of nature and had contained them in a medallion which had then been entrusted to Asoka’s son, Masa, until its rightful owner could be found.
Two thousand years later, Masa meets Ashok, the son of a slain police officer. The eight-year-old Ashok has a desire to help others, like his heroic father. Masa entrusts the medallion to Ashok. It gives him super-human powers and he begins to help mankind. He then gets involved in a battle with a failed scientist. While fighting the battle, he attempts to destroy his foe. This leads to him losing all his super-human powers.
Ashok gets back his powers and now he must fight evil without getting emotional. In other words, he must save the world from certain destruction.
Although the film is aimed at the kids, its story (Gaurav Jain) is of the kind which won’t be understood and enjoyed by the target audience. The script is quite complex and a bit confusing too.
Animation and Music
The animation is fairly nice. The dubbing is quite effective. The title song (music scored by Justin-Uday) is appealing.
The Last Word
On the whole, Ashoka The Hero does not stand a chance at the box-office.