Actress Bipasha Basu has been signed by Rajkumar Santoshi for his forthcoming film, Ashoka. Bipasha will be seen in the role of Kaurwaki earlier played by Kareena Kapoor in Santosh Sivan's Asoka.
Confirming the news director Rajkumar Santoshi says, "We will begin shooting Ashoka at the end of February. It's an historical film. Bipasha is paired with Ajay who plays the title role."
After films like Apaharan, Shikhar and Omkara, Ashoka is going to be Ajay Devgan and Bipasha's fourth film together. About having chosen Ajay to play Ashoka, Santoshi explains, "He is a dark skin person. He has sharp, expressive eyes and can play any character very comfortably. He appears to be very natural in all characters he has played so far."
Rajkumar describes Ashoka as a historical film and also informs that it won't be a modern day interpretation of the epic.
But when Santosh Sivan's film Asoka bombed on Box office, what inspired him to make a film on the same subject again? "That shows my confidence in the subject. In spite of one Asoka having come and gone, I am still coming up with another one. I may have something different to be confident about. Despite knowing the Asoka was made earlier I thought of making it again. Sivan's story ends at Kalinga, but my story starts at Kalinga."