Jodhaa Akbar

February 15th, 2008


Jodhaa Akbar

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Jodhaa Akbar

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, Jodha.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.3/10 (6,144 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood

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 tolerance, 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...

Writers: Haidar Ali, Haidar Ali

Hrithik Roshan - Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Jodhaa Bai
Sonu Sood - Sujamal
Poonam Sinha - Mallika Hamida Banu (as Mrs. Punam S. Sinha)
Suhasini Mulay - Rani Padmavati
Ila Arun - Maham Anga
Raza Murad - Shamsuddin Atka Khan
Kulbhushan Kharbanda - Raja Veer Bharmal
Abeer Abrar - Bakshi Banu
Shehzor Ali - Raja Hemu
Amitabh Bachchan - Narrator
Vishwa S. Badola - Saadir Adaasi
Balraj - Raja Balraj Singh
Ulhas Barve - Raja Mankeshwar
Shaji Chaudhary - Adham Khan


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 15 February 2008

Box Office Details

Budget: INR 400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,602,356 (USA) (17 February 2008) (100 Screens)

Gross: $3,440,718 (USA) (13 April 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: UK:  | India:

Did You Know?

Due to the fact that this film was filmed in sync sound, director Ashutosh banned the use of mobile phones for his entire cast and crew on the sets.

Factual errors: No member of the Mughal royal family named Jodha Bai is mentioned in the official biographies of Akbar and his son Jehangir. Akbar's official biography, Akbarnama, does not mention that Akbar had any Hindu Rajput wife named 'Jodha Bai'. However, the biography of Akbar's son and future emperor, Jehangir, mentions that his mother was a Hindu Rajput princess who adopted the name 'Mariam Zamani' after marrying Akbar.

Todar Mal: [DVD English subtitles by Nasreen Munni Kabir]
[Akbar and Jodhaa, in private argument]
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar: I don't understand?
Jodhaa Bai: No, you don't! You know how to wage war and conquer. But do not know how to rule.
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar: [confused] What did you say?
Jodhaa Bai: That you have only conquered me, but not won my heart yet... you should have at least tried to know what really happened. But the truth is that you are far removed from reality. You do not know how to win hearts. To do that, you need to look into their minds, discover their little pleasures and sorrows. And win their trust. Be one with their heartbeat! And the day you will succeed in doing that, you will rule my heart.

User Review

A True Love Story...........Fabulous performances !!!!!!

Rating: 10/10

I must say this is one of the best movies to have come out in 2008. I wouldn't want to compare it with Tare Zameen Par because it deserves to be a unique film in its own aspect."Jodhaa Akbar" was truly beyond my expectations !!!!. I saw the 3hrs 40mins film on Saturday but still its lovely characters and the setting has left me amazed !!!!.

The film began on a very slow and rather boring note though Amitabh Bachchan's powerful role as the narrator was worth appreciating. The first half-an-hour had some war sequences which were shot wonderfully but got kind of stretching-too-long after a while. After the entry of Hrithik as Emperor Akbar, the true story was beginning to form. With his muscled look and the mustache, Hrithik looked every bit like a true hero. I was completely awestruck by his power-packed performance as the stern yet kind-hearted Akbar. An alliance between the Rajput King and Akbar took place, which said that Akbar would protect the Rajput kingdom and the King in return would give his daughter Jodhaa's hand in marriage to Akbar.

This was the turning point in the film, after which it took off beautifully. Aishwarya was the best choice for the film and no one could have done as much justice to the role as much as her. She looked amazing and I was completely mesmerized by her beauty. She looked like a true defiant Rajput princess with the heavy jewellery laden look complete with long hair and lovely dialogues.

The setting of the film was something-to-watch out for. The Agra Palace and the setting for the war sequences were shot at the Nitin Desay Studios At Karjat apart from some other fabulous locations. The setting is something that one HAS to go to a cinema hall and is something you just can't capture or experience on your normal TV at home.

Apart from the lead actors, Punam Sinha , Sonu Sood , Ila Arun and the child actor (Parth Dave) have delivered superb performances.

I don't want to spoil your mood by telling you the whole story but I must say this movie deserves to be seen and appreciated. I don't know whether the movie might be a hit or a flop but one thing's for will definitely be remembered as one of the finest films ever made in Bollywood.

Like "Mumbai Mirror" (a newspaper) said...."this film is worth every rupee of your multiplex ticket".....LOVELY !!!!!! :) :) 3 cheers for the cast and crew of the film !!!!!!!!!


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