Synopsis :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 tolerence, 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, but in winning the love of Jodhaa – a love hidden deep below resentment and extreme prejudice. Jodhaa Akbar is their untold love story.
Why did you choose to focus on the ‘love’ element in the story?
Love is the greatest element for all stories. It can bring empires together or make them go to war with each other. Jodha and Akbar married first and loved later. My subject of focus in this film is the alliance of marriage between Jodhaa and Akbar. It is the alliance of Mughal and Rajput empires and finally of two communities – Hindu and Muslim. The greatest question that needs to be explored is ‘how did this marriage take place’ and that’s what my film explores. In India, even today, there are arranged marriages and the couple ask each other some questions and tie the knot. They only get to really know each other after the wedding.
Do you think the star presence will overshadow the film?
When you see the film you’ll forget that you’re watching Hrithik and Aishwarya on screen. You will only keep Jodhaa and Akbar in mind. When I imagined the story, what came to me easily is the cast: I knew Hrithik would be right as Akbar, and Aishwarya would be perfect as Jodhaa. I approached both of them keeping only them in mind. So we called them and did a make up test and they were perfect for the roles. Thankfully they’ve been very dedicated to us.
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