About Jodhaa Akbar Movie
Jodhaa Akbar (Hindi: जोधा अकबर, Urdu: جودھا اکبر) is an Indian epic film released on 15 February 2008. It is directed and produced by Ashutosh Gowariker, the director of the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan (2001). It stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles. This film also marks the debut of newcomer Abir Abrar. Extensive research went into the making of this film which began shooting at Karjat.
The film centers around the romance between the Muslim Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, played by Hrithik Roshan, and the Hindu Rajput Princess Jodhabai who becomes his wife, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The music is composed by acclaimed music composer A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack of the movie was released on 19 January 2008. The film has won the Audience Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival, two awards at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival, seven Star Screen Awards and five Filmfare Awards, in addition to two nominations at the 3rd Asian Film Awards. The Charlotte Observer ranked Jodhaa Akbar at #2 in its list of top ten films released in 2008 from across the world.
Many of the events portrayed in the movie are based on real events. Certain Rajput groups claimed Jodhaa was married to Akbar's son, Jahangir, not Akbar. They also demanded a public apology from Ashutosh Gowariker. The film was not released in 30 cinema theatres in Rajasthan.
Several historians claim that Akbar's Rajput wife was never known as "Jodha Bai" during the Mughal period. According to Professor Shirin Moosvi, a historian of Aligarh Muslim University, Neither the Akbarnama (a biography of Akbar commissioned by Akbar himself), nor any historical text from the period refer to her as Jodha Bai. Moosvi notes that the name "Jodha Bai" was first used to refer to Akbar's wife in the 18th and 19th centuries in historical writings. In Tuzk-e-Jahangiri, she is referred as Mariam Zamani, who was, by some accounts, a Christian Armenian.
According to historian Imtiaz Ahmad, the director of the Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Library in Patna, the name "Jodha" was used for Akbar's wife for the first time by Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod, in his book Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan. According to Ahmad, Tod was not a professional historian. N R Farooqi claims that Jodha Bai was not the name of Akbar's Rajput queen; it was the name of Jahangir's Rajput wife.
Ashutosh Gowarikar's reaction was,
While making the film I did my best to go by the book. I consulted the best historians and went through the most rigorous research. And there are different names used for Akbar's wife, Jodhaa being one of them. In fact, there's a disclaimer about the Rajput queen's name at the beginning of the film. But to see that, the protesters have to see the film.
Protests and legal issues
The portrayal of ethnic Rajput people in the movie was criticized by members of the Rajput community as misleading, politically motivated historical revisionism that minimized Rajput history and scapegoated them as evil. The community's protests against the film in some states, and it has been banned by the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. However, the producer moved the Supreme Court by challenging it. Later, the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on screening the film for now in Uttar Pradesh and some towns of Uttarakhand and Haryana. The court scrapped the Uttar Pradesh government ban as well as similar orders by authorities in Dehradun in Uttarkhand and in Ambala, Sonepat and Rewari in Haryana.
Hrithik Roshan ... Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
Aishwarya Rai ... Jodha Bai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Raja Bharmal
Sonu Sood ... Rajkumar Sujamal
Suhasini Mulay ... Rani Padmawati
Ila Arun…Maham Anga
Raza Murad…Shamsuddin Ataga Khan
Nikitin Dheer…Sharifuddin Hussain
Rajesh Vivek…Chugtai Khan
Shaji Choudhary…Adham Khan
Punam S Sinha… Mallika Hamida Banu Begum
Digvijay Purohit…Rajkumar Bhagwant Das
Pradeep Sharma…Sheikh Mubarak
Rajiv Sehgal…Raja Viraat
Gurmmeet Singh…Raja Shundi
Balraj…Raja Balraj Singh
Indrajeet Sarkar…Maheshdas (Birbal)
Sudhanshu Singh…Raja Shimalgarh
Surendra Pal…Rana Uday Singh
Pramod Moutho…Raja Todar Mal
Pramatesh Mehta…Chandrabhan Singh
Visswa Badola…Saadir Adaasi
Sayed Badrul Hasan…Mullah Do Pyaaza
Tejpal Singh Rawat…NiMat
Raju Pandit…Raja Bhaati
Bharat Kumar…Raja Chauhan
Jassi Singh…Raja Bhadra
Ulhas Barve…Raja Mankeshwar
Abir Abrar…Bakshi Banu Begum
Aman Dhaliwal…Rajkumar Ratan Singh
Shehzor Ali…Raja Hemu
Sanchita Kaur... Special Appearance
Amitabh Bachchan... Narrator
Story: Haidar Ali
Screenplay: Haidar Ali & Ashutosh Gowariker
Make-up Artist: Jamie Wilson
Production Design: Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Visual Effects: Pankaj Khandpur (Tata Elxsi - Visual Computing Labs)
Chief Assistant Director: Karan Malhotra
Cinematography: Kiran Deohan
In North America, the film grossed $1.3 million in the first weekend and went on to gross $3,440,718 in its lifetime. The film had a slow start at the Indian box office. The movie netted a decent Rs 24.75 crores in the first week but with good word of mouth publicity, it went on to cross the coveted Rs 50 crore Nett milestone by the fourth weekend. The movie has been estimated to end its theatrical run in India with total business of 60 crores Nett, without being released in Rajasthan due to political unrest.