Ashoka (film)

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Directed byPrem Menon
Produced byIndira Prem
Written byPrem Menon
StarringPrem Menon
Pooja Bharathi
Anand Raj
Music bySabesh Murali
CinematographyOm Prakash
Lotus Film Company
Release date
  • 1 February 2008 (2008-02-01)

Ashoka is a 2008 Tamil action thriller film written and directed by NRI, Prem Menon who also stars in lead role with Raghuvaran and Anandaraj in supporting roles. The film revolves around the life of a protector, who guards the Prime Minister of India. The film was produced by Prem's wife Indira under Lotus Film Company.


Prem Menon plays an NSG commando chief Ashoka looking after the security of the Prime Minister of the country. The film begins with Ashoka barely managing to save the life of the PM at the Coimbatore airport from a terrorist ambush.

Ashoka saves the PM, as the doctor later says, "The PM has survived, as he has his heart on the right side which is a rare phenomenon!" The rest of the film is how Ashoka foils more terrorist attempts on the PM's life as he is recovering at the hospital.


  • Prem
  • Anushree
  • Raghuvaran
  • Anandraj
  • Rajeev
  • Livingston


The film began production in June 2004, and was made over four years.[1] The film featured no songs or a separate comedy track, and won media recognition for being a rare Tamil film during the period to have neither of those elements.[2]


Sify wrote "Unfortunately Ashoka is not a great experience and drags."[3] Indiaglitz wrote "Prem deserves to be appreciated for his courage and hard work to come out with a thriller with a racy script, without no songs and other commercial ingredients. Prem could have made the film a better fare had he avoided the glaring loopholes and the sentimental sequences".[4]