CAST & CREW
The roles of the lead characters were played by Hrithik Roshan as Akbar, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Jodhaa. The movie depicted a sixteenth century love story between Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, and Jodhaa, the Rajput Princess.
The story paved the way for a marriage alliance between the Hindus and the Muslims. How the particular alliance led to an epic love was the main attraction. The marriage took place between the ruler of Hindustan, Akbar, and the Rajput Princess, Jodhaa. The motive of such a marriage was to strengthen the political relationship with the Rajputs, but in the process its leads to true love. The chivalrous Akbar learned to love his wife, Jodhaa, and realised the fact that winning in the battle field was not all there was to life. The movie placed the character of Jodhaa with much importance attached to it. She depicted a fierceful woman who placed conditions for the marriage. First, she denied to change her religion and second, demanded a temple inside the palace premises.
The epic love story gave a political outlook, and at the same time, it reflected romance. There is although, a controversy regarding Jodhaa, since historians argue that she is not actually the wife of Akbar, but of Jahangir, the son of Akbar. Apart from all the controversy, the cinematographer, Kiran Deohans, showed the glory of the Mughal era pretty well. The songs of A.R. Rahman, the fights, the sets, the costumes, locations and the choreography of the songs definitely took one to the glorified past.
Therefore , the three hour plus movie justifies the story. It was and is worth watching. One can even criticize the role of society, the patriarchal society in particular, the women and last but not the least, the politics that prevailed. The eternal love with the touch of politics surely attracted people from different walks of life.
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