Released on 15th February 2008, nationwide, Jodha Akbar immediately becomes a super hit. The story is developed by Asutosh Gowariker and Haidar Ali, from the historical chronicles of Mughal era, highlighting the episode of love between the great Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar and his Rajput wife Jodha Bai. After Lagaan, the film- Jodha Akbar is another brilliant presentation by the filmmaker Gowariker, this time a tribute to the glorious Mughal history.
The great emperor Akbar has always intrigued the historians and even the common people over centuries. There are many a thing about this legendary ruler of India that people don`t know. Perhaps the most enigmatic fact about the great emperor is the fact, how he kept the reign of control over the vast country Hindusthan maintaining unity, solidarity and peace. In these terrible times of terrorism when the world peace is at stake, producing a film about Akbar was probably the best thing to do by Gowariker. And indeed- it has been a hit.
In Jodha Akbar- the film, the human side of Akbar is portrayed through the elegant presentation of his love life with Jodha Bai, the Hindu Rajput princess. Acted by Hrithik Roshan, the audience gets to see the a wonderfully strange mosaic of the character of this great emperor.
Hrithik showed a matured performance in blending the majestic reserve with the sincere love that was in the character of Akbar. Jodha Bai was wonderfully played by Aishwarya Rai and the audience were impressed by the style and elegance with which she presented the character.
Except a few wrong turns and a few unexpected song sequences at inappropriate points in the movie, Jodha Akbar is overall a successful attempt in upholding the real colors of Mughal era. The film faced a few difficulties regarding historical controversies due to the inapt presentation of a few facts. The supporting casting in Jodha Akbar is also perfect with Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Raja Bharmal and Ila Arun as Maham Anga. The songs in Jodha Akbar are perfect to bring out the charm of the 16th Century love story set in Mughal India with the divine musicals by A.R. Rahman.
The relevant story in Jodha Akbar and the overall presentation of the film definitely proves beyond doubt that Asutosh has done a great job in perfectly portraying the color of those times after quite a bit of research and hard work. The overall direction, screenplay and cinematography are excellent in giving the dimension to this historical movie, which already topping the wish lists of the movie enthusiasts country wide. The palace settings, the flamboyance of the Mughal jewelery and the big budget sets brought out the real flavor of the age on the silver screen appealing the audience as never before.
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