Ashoka, the Hero – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 10, 2011 | No Comments
FILM – Ashoka, the Hero
PRODUCER – Gyanendra Jain
DIRECTOR – Gaurav Jain
WRITER – Gaurav Jain
MUSIC – Justin, Uday
The trend of Indian animation moving away from mythology gains a little more ground with Gaurav Jain’s ‘Ashoka, the hero’. Set in contemporary times, the film tells the story of a regular little boy who finds heroism within himself.
Yes, sounds familiar and in many ways the film offers nothing new. It is a super-hero film with a throwback to the historical legend, Emperor Ashoka.
Ashoka, our little hero is a young eight-year old boy who is obedient, a good student and whose heart beats for anyone in trouble. His father was a policeman and was killed while doing his duty and Ashoka wishes to become like him. Events follow for Ashoka to emerge as a hero but not before he receives a gold medallion, supposedly of the Emperor Ashoka himself, which is powered by the Sun. Empowered and strengthened, Ashoka now becomes the savior of mankind fighting evil from natural disasters to man-made.
The film is Mumbai-centric with plot references to several places in the city. While, it may be fun for an inhabitant to enjoy it might mean nothing to someone unfamiliar with the city. However, this infusion does not take away from the film as much as the quality of animation does.
Done in 2D graphics the film uses comic book style visuals and even styling. The quality of animation leaves a lot to be desired and at times may even distract from the story. Added to that, a lack of consistency in the drama and visual pyrotechnics leaves the film staggering in its aim to entertain. The story is told with contemporariness to appeal to the current kiddies’ generation but a lack of simplicity undoes the charm of the central character and his quest (and triumphs) to save the world at such a tender age.
At a time when a distinct lack of resources, mental and financial plays a big roadblock to alternative story-telling that is animation films, the efforts behind the film alone are worth applauding. Even if it might not warrant a satisfying cinema hall watch, it is still trying to do something beyond redundant and insistently uninspiring re-telling of mythological stories.