Wish there was Ctrl+Z in life!
What a jackpot! As the year ends with films like “Toonpur Ka Superhero” and “Bhoot and Friends”, the release of “Ashoka-The Hero” at the start of the year leads to a perfect hat-trick. Time for kids to rejoice!
Directed and penned by Gaurav Jain, “Ashoka – The Hero” is an action-animation film that narrates the story of Ashoka, a little 8-year old boy whose father’s a policeman who gets killed on duty. Now, his only wish is to become a brave and helpful person like his father. His aim in life: “Drink Milk, Do Homework and Save the World. ”
Applauds to the animation studio Illusion Interactive for their creativity with the characters in the film. Considering, this is their first feature animation, not a bad job at all!
Ashoka enjoys the company of his pet dog Buddy and his mysterious old friend Masa. One day Masa recounts the story of how destruction of Kalinga made Emperor Asoka give up war and serve mankind. The story goes on to tell how Asoka creates power which is contained in an ancient medallion which is to be handed over to a person with a pure heart. Masa is the keeper of this medallion and he finds its owner in Ashoka. This leaves Ashoka with the great responsibility of saving the world.
Our cute Ashoka is now saving airplanes from crashing, rescuing the helpless, flying in the air and performing all possible unimaginable tricks. The action bit is a real treat for kids.
The story moves ahead with a scientist called Dr. Ferno getting trapped in the lab due to an explosion. He survives but sadly is considered dead. Mad with anger, he creates havoc in the city. Ashoka fights back, attacks indiscriminately and loses his powers.
To make the fight interesting and out-of-the-ordinary, it is shown to be taking place on the Sea Link. Its nice to see the animated Sea Link and you hear the kids get all excited as they relate to it. In one scene, the director shows Ashoka descending the local train. Such interspersed elements add to all the fun.
In the final showdown, an ensuing battle between the villain and Ashoka takes place where Ashoka is unmasked. It’s finally time for ‘The End’ when Ashoka pushes the villain into outerspace to save the city.
The title song of the film where Shibani Kashyap’s animated version appears as a singer is refreshing. “Ashoka…Who is he? Who is he? Koi na Jana…Chota na samjho…Na Na Na…Yahi hai hero…”
The film gives kids a chance to take a break from the West and enjoy a dose of Indian animation. The film entertains children but at the same time gives them a positive message.
Ashoka – The Hero is a short and sweet animation film, making it a perfect weekend watch.