Dipan Kumar Rout

Living life between backspaces.

Profound Dialogues from Movies – Part I


There’s this scene in the movie Asoka, where the great emperor Asoka cuts off his hair and tries to look like a common man, in order to camouflage himself with the masses. Some Buddhist monks pass by and there’s a dialogue exchange between them.

Monk: You’re not from here. Who are you ?

भिक्षु: तुम यहाँ के नहीं हो । कौन हो तुम ?

Asoka: An ordinary traveller.

अशोक: मैं.. मैं एक साधारण यात्री ।

Monk: Ordinary ? The sun remains the sun even behind clouds. Your destiny indicates that you are in no way ordinary.

भिक्षु: साधारण ? सूरज बादल के पीछे छिप जाये तो भी उसकी धूप नहीं छिपती। तुम्हारा भाग्य कहता है तुम साधारण नहीं हो ।

Asoka: What lies in my destiny then ? That I’m a prince ? One day I will be enthroned ? Be an emperor ?

अशोक: अच्छा, क्या कहता है मेरा भाग्य ? की मैं राजकुमार हूँ ? सिंहासन पर बैठूँगा ? पूरे राज्य का सम्राट बनूँगा ? 

Monk: Even emperors are ordinary. Your destiny transcends the throne.

भिक्षु: सम्राट भी साधारण होते हैं । तुम्हारा भाग्य सम्राट से कहीं ऊँचा है।

Asoka: Whose destiny can surpass that if an emperor’s ?

अशोक: सम्राट से ऊँचा ? सम्राट से ऊँचा किसका भाग्य होता है ?

Monk: A traveler’s… when his journey has been completed.

भिक्षु: यात्री का… जब वो अपनी यात्रा पूरी करता है ।

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