Jodhaa AkbarFebruary 15, 2008
A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 7.3/10 (6,144 voted)
Critic's Score: 69/100
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood
Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal Emperor, Akbar and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa. Politically, success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar, After having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Himalayas to the Godhavari River. Through a shrewd blend of tolerance, generosity and force, Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs, the most belligerent Hindus. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa, a fiery Rajput princess, in order to further strengthen his relations with the Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey – the journey of true love. The daughter of King Bharmal of Amer, Jodhaa resented being reduced to a mere political pawn in this marriage of alliance, and Akbar's biggest challenge now did not merely lie in winning battles…
Writers: Haidar Ali, Haidar Ali
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Mallika Hamida Banu
(as Mrs. Punam S. Sinha)
Shamsuddin Atka Khan
Raja Veer Bharmal
Vishwa S. Badola
Raja Balraj Singh
Release Date: 15 February 2008
Box Office Details
Budget: INR 400,000,000
Opening Weekend: $1,602,356
(17 February 2008)
(13 April 2008)
Did You Know?
Due to the fact that this film was filmed in sync sound, director Ashutosh banned the use of mobile phones for his entire cast and crew on the sets.
No member of the Mughal royal family named Jodha Bai is mentioned in the official biographies of Akbar and his son Jehangir. Akbar's official biography, Akbarnama, does not mention that Akbar had any Hindu Rajput wife named 'Jodha Bai'. However, the biography of Akbar's son and future emperor, Jehangir, mentions that his mother was a Hindu Rajput princess who adopted the name 'Mariam Zamani' after marrying Akbar.
[DVD English subtitles by Nasreen Munni Kabir]
[Akbar and Jodhaa, in private argument]
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar:
I don't understand?
No, you don't! You know how to wage war and conquer. But do not know how to rule.
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar:
What did you say?
That you have only conquered me, but not won my heart yet… you should have at least tried to know what really happened. But the truth is that you are far removed from reality. You do not know how to win hearts. To do that, you need to look into their minds, discover their little pleasures and sorrows. And win their trust. Be one with their heartbeat! And the day you will succeed in doing that, you will rule my heart.
A True Love Story………..Fabulous performances !!!!!!
I must say this is one of the best movies to have come out in 2008. I
wouldn't want to compare it with Tare Zameen Par because it deserves to
be a unique film in its own aspect."Jodhaa Akbar" was truly beyond my
expectations !!!!. I saw the 3hrs 40mins film on Saturday but still its
lovely characters and the setting has left me amazed !!!!.
The film began on a very slow and rather boring note though Amitabh
Bachchan's powerful role as the narrator was worth appreciating. The
first half-an-hour had some war sequences which were shot wonderfully
but got kind of stretching-too-long after a while. After the entry of
Hrithik as Emperor Akbar, the true story was beginning to form. With
his muscled look and the mustache, Hrithik looked every bit like a true
hero. I was completely awestruck by his power-packed performance as the
stern yet kind-hearted Akbar. An alliance between the Rajput King and
Akbar took place, which said that Akbar would protect the Rajput
kingdom and the King in return would give his daughter Jodhaa's hand in
marriage to Akbar.
This was the turning point in the film, after which it took off
beautifully. Aishwarya was the best choice for the film and no one
could have done as much justice to the role as much as her. She looked
amazing and I was completely mesmerized by her beauty. She looked like
a true defiant Rajput princess with the heavy jewellery laden look
complete with long hair and lovely dialogues.
The setting of the film was something-to-watch out for. The Agra Palace
and the setting for the war sequences were shot at the Nitin Desay
Studios At Karjat apart from some other fabulous locations. The setting
is something that one HAS to go to a cinema hall and watch…..it is
something you just can't capture or experience on your normal TV at
Apart from the lead actors, Punam Sinha , Sonu Sood , Ila Arun and the
child actor (Parth Dave) have delivered superb performances.
I don't want to spoil your mood by telling you the whole story but I
must say this movie deserves to be seen and appreciated. I don't know
whether the movie might be a hit or a flop but one thing's for
sure…..it will definitely be remembered as one of the finest films
ever made in Bollywood.
Like "Mumbai Mirror" (a newspaper) said…."this film is worth every
rupee of your multiplex ticket"…..LOVELY !!!!!! 🙂 🙂 3 cheers for
the cast and crew of the film !!!!!!!!!