Best Bollywood epic: 'Lagaan' or 'Asoka'?

Best Bollywood epic: 'Lagaan' or 'Asoka'?

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Historical epics are as much a part of Bollywood as wet saris or playback singers. Makes sense that a culture with a history spanning millennia—full of wars, intrigue, and religions—would love to see it all played out on screen. Some are controversial, while others are inspiring or tragic, but they're all big, splashy events. This time around, we're pairing off two famous epics, "Lagaan" and "Asoka". Which one is the best?

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Everyone loves a big, exciting heroic tale. But are you #TeamLagaan or #TeamAsoka?

Whether it’s the greatest historical film or not, "Lagaan" is certainly the best film about cricket. 

“Lagaan” tells the story of arrogant English officers during the British Raj bested at cricket by villagers who fight for the livelihood of their people. Not only is it a classic underdog story, it’s also a tale of love and comradery. It is also among the most well-regarded Bollywood films outside the Hindi world, along with hits like “Monsoon Wedding” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

"Asoka" tells the story of the legendary Mauryan king, a Buddhist convert and the first to unify the subcontinent. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan plays the title role. It’s more like “Gladiator” or “Braveheart” than a film about Buddhism, full of swords and sweat. 

What "Asoka" lacks in historical accuracy it more than makes up for in entertainment value. Kareena Kapoor shines as the tattooed warrior woman and love interest Karuvaki. 

The Indian flag features the dharmachakra of Asoka. Nothing to do with the movie, but it's a cool fact. 

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