Jodhaa Akbar…the untold love story…behind every great man is a strong woman.
Ashutosh Gowarikar showcases his most ambitious project to date about a ruler that goes through his own journey of greatness and ends up finding true love.
As a passionate moviegoer, one has to let go of scrutinizing the accuracy of every historical detail and go beyond the story to see the filmmaker’s vision.
The mood of the film is set from the start, as Amitabh Bachchan begins to narrate the film, we see an amazing 16th century battle scene (with elephants and thousands of extras – something that reminded me of Lord of the Rings). Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar (Hrithik Roshan) is an emperor who wants all the kingdoms to rule under his sovereignty in Hindustan. From being powerful, to tolerant, to generous, and of course persuasive, the empire conquered many kingdoms, despite being resented.
As the movie progresses, we see the political and administrative decisions that Akbar becomes liable for, and in the process, he tries to win the heart of Jodhaa. He loses people he cares for, he gets betrayed, he is wounded, he is accountable for his actions, and he is most of all, very human. The charming relationship between Jodhaa and Akbar grows slowly, where two people learn to understand each other, embrace each other’s culture and differences, and finally let love shine in their hearts.
A round of applause to writers Haidar Ali and Ashutosh Gowarikar for writing some interesting sequences. Some of these include:
What can one say about a movie that costs a whopping 40 crores? Its one of the most visually stunning films I’ve seen in terms of colour, choreographies, cinematography, art, costumes, and action. The length of the film is felt in the 2nd half and the movie should be edited by about 20 minutes to leave a stronger impact. The dialogues excellent, understandable and some of them give you goodbumps. Music and background score by AR Rehman is soulful and infused properly within the film.
The film has some outstanding performances by secondary characters, with the most notable being: Ila Arun as Maham Anga (motherly figure to Akbar), who is intimidating and sinister for the wrong reasons; Sonu Sood as Sujamal (Jodhaa’s cousin) delivers his best performance to date; and finally Nikitin Dheer as Sharifudin (Akbar’s brother-in-law) is outstanding as the main villain.
As a director, every frame of Jodhaa Akbar is impressive. The magnitude to put together a historical film and blending a love story is no easy feat. Ashutosh Gowarikar succeeds in producing a film that is sure to be among the best of 2008. His dedication to make a film like Jodhaa Akbar is inspiring, and you’ll only understand this if you watch the film in the cinema.
This Valentine’s weekend, watch Jodhaa Akbar to be entertained and mesmerized by its spectacular beauty!