Jodha Akbar


Jodha Akbar is an epic period film based on history and fiction. The story depicts the romance between a Hindu Princess Jodha bai and Muslim Mughal Emperor Akbar. The setting is the historical and political background of Hindustan (India). It is a love story set in the sixteenth century. The film has been produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and the film stars the hit on-screen pair of Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. A huge set was put up at Karjat to replicate the royal palaces and courts of the 16th century. The music for the film has been composed by A.R Rahman and the story has been written by Haider Ali.

Mughal Emperor Akbar is both revered and feared by his people. He is powerful and honest and yet when it comes to battle he is fierce, giving his enemies no opportunities for victory. Meanwhile 16th century India is dominated by a mixed culture of Muslim Emperors and Hindu Kings who guard their territory and subjects loyally. It is in this ambience of mixed cultures that the Hindu King Bharmal of Amer offers a hand of friendship to Emperor Akbar. This friendship is then turned into a relationship when the Hindu King offers Emperor Akbar his daughter, Princess Jodha’s hand in marriage. This union or offer of peace is made for political benefits by the Hindu King, but King Akbar accepts this marriage proposal. And thus begins a new journey in history and the lives of Akbar and Jodha, a feisty young Princess for her times.

The film delves into the life of Emperor Akbar, how he is crowned Emperor, his victorious battles and his love for the beautiful Princess Jodha. The romance is set within the background of political warfare and gruesome battles. Can a romance between a strong headed Hindu Princess and a passionate Muslim Mughal Emperor thrive in such conditions?