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Jodhaa Akbar
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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NA
NA
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NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
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NA
Arguably the thing that impacts you more in Jodhaa Akbar than the story itself is the period it is set in - the social structure appears so cruel, and the utter lack of technology makes you wonder how miserable it must have been to live (and if you are in a philosophical enough mood, you can even start wondering what the meaning of life is when there is so little premium on it, and when tragedy is merely a commodity). But then that is perhaps exactly how our age will seem if a period film were made 500 years later.

But yes, like we all know, Jodhaa Akbar is primarily a romance. And the summary is, it would have been much more interesting to see a talented person like Ashutosh Gowarikar make a romance set in this day and age, given we immensely enjoyed whatever was there in even Swades.

People are more likely to enjoy contemporary romances, so there should be some reason to make a period romance - either that the period context plays a part in making the romance more appealing or brings specific nuances to it, or that it is a popular story that people might want to see on screen. Both these reasons do not hold with Jodhaa Akbar.

Gowarikar himself says that 70% of the movie is fiction the story-writer came up with, and none of us has ever heard of anything about Jodhaa and Akbar, so the latter reason does not hold. Then, the specific nuances that the period and context of the Jodhaa-Akbar tale would bring are an inter-religion marriage, and the marriage of an Emperor. Except for a few scenes in the first half, the tale doesn't revolve around the Hindu-Muslim angle much (come to think of it, the tale doesn't revolve much around anything). So it's hard to see what the significance of using Akbar and Jodhaa is - it could have been about any king falling in love slowly.

So what was Gowarikar's purpose - merely making a period romance using royals? And why would that be more appealing than a contemporary romance?

The problem with Jodhaa Akbar is actually not much to do with the period part - it is with the romance part. It is just an averagely scripted romance, period backdrop or no period backdrop. The emotional depth isn't there, there are too few interactions and conversations between the couple, and there are no really intelligent or gripping scenes or dialogues. Think the romance, for instance, in the Venkatesh-Asin Gharshana that made you wish they dedicated more reels to it. There's nothing in Jodhaa Akbar's romance that you would remember a few moments after it ends, given the fact it's hyped so much and took so long to make.

Indeed, the test of a good romance is simple - you should want to watch it again and again, especially if it's not a tragedy. If you feel like watching Jodhaa Akbar again and again, we want to see what you look like.

Add to it language difficult to understand, a lot of other stuff happening that you can neither follow nor are interested in following, rather ordinary sets (either that, or Sensation's projectors aren't great - but we think it's either that), and l-o-n-g duration, and the deal gets tough to swallow.

The tale, if you want to know, is of Jodhaa (Aishwarya Rai), a Rajput princess, being given in marriage to the Mughal Emperor Akbar (Hrithik Roshan), in what is basically a deal to end fueding between the Mughals and the Rajputs. Jodhaa does not like it at all, and the movie deals with how she falls in love with Akbar slowly in the days after marriage due to his fairness to her. Interspersed are a lot of plotting and battles for power by local kings and wannabe kings.

A R Rahman's tunes are brilliant, especially the awesome Khwaja. That's arguably the only good thing about Jodhaa Akbar, unless you find Hrithik or Aishwarya irresistable. The length can truly bore you. And as for the battle scenes, we have seen too many Hollywood war movies, and especially after the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, it is hard to be impressed by anything anymore. Sure, Bollywood does not have those budgets, but that only makes it unfortunate, nothing more.

And no, the fights don't look realistic - there are too many instances when a sword swish could have really taken a limb with it but doesn't. And that Akbar Jodhaa fight - how come neither of them suffers even a scratch when they are battling so furiously, and without armoured suits? And of course, how do they have the guts to do it?

Jodhaa Akbar is worth a watch mostly if you like to sit in theaters for twice the duration for the same money. Hopefully that's not a compelling proposition for you.
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  • Cast
    Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood, Khulbhushan Kharbanda, Raza Murad, Nikitin Dheer, Pramod Moutho, Visshwa Badola, Ila Arun, Punam Sinha, Manava Naik
  • Music
    A R Rahman
  • Director
    Ashutosh Gowarikar
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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maharshi on 21st Apr 2008, 7:37pm | Permalink
Azzem-o-shaan shehansha this was the track which literally rocked all the music charts and this was from none other than Jodha-Akbar. And the casting is............. i think it is good to remain silent as every one

I think it was the most awaited movie (atleast for me) as the curiosity built around the star cast and the story which was under scrutny o istorians since it was anounced. Some said it was a publicity stunt and some the story is not true but whatever it is the movie has collected huge amount of money. Whether the controversy about the existence of jodha as the Akbar's wife had a conclusion or not didn't effect the success of the movie. The two leading pair have fit to their roles and the romance between them clicked.

Did jodha ever exist? If she existed,was she is wife of Akbar?or daugter in law?

All these questuons got wrapped up in the history books. Arey bhai who has that much time to see, check and verify all this. 4 hrs ka picture kohi dekh nahin paa rahen hain.
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7
Manjunath Ulli on 19th Mar 2008, 10:58pm | Permalink
good one
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2
Abhijeet Upadhyay on 29th Feb 2008, 4:10pm | Permalink
awesome work by ashurosh gowarikar
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10
K K on 29th Feb 2008, 3:09pm | Permalink
this is for "Akbar The Great" i think u must have got the answer by know from other comments. mr.Reviewer i know that its u....
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8
Shiva B on 23rd Feb 2008, 10:20am | Permalink
Picture is superb and is worth every penny you pay for it to watch. Without any bias let us appreciate the director for the efforts he put in.
RATING
8
Kssk on 22nd Feb 2008, 9:38am | Permalink
The film is good. The sets are awesome, Hrithik Roshan is good. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is good. The dailogues in the movie are good(pure urdu and pure hindi... may be that is one good reason to have such a backdrop). A R Rehman proves himself again. All the songs are well pictured.
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8
Amit Shah on 21st Feb 2008, 11:17pm | Permalink
Its a nice. Enjoy!! Kyaka!!!
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8
Akbar The Great on 19th Feb 2008, 5:34pm | Permalink
This is for KK. you have a skewed-up/scrwed-up understanding of movie-making. I dont know your name and i dont even want to know it. You are just a pseudointellectual Bollywood obsessed freak. Go watch the film again and take your brain this time. Maybe you’ll understand how awful it is.

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2
K K on 19th Feb 2008, 1:59pm | Permalink
Film is ok and i think Bombay Beauty is either the Reviewer himself or a close relative of him..
RATING
6
Thirush Hazare on 19th Feb 2008, 6:16am | Permalink
This one is again the boring film of the year first half such a boringgggg
and very long its 2 hours and second half 1:45 minutes
RATING
2
Bombay Beauty on 17th Feb 2008, 6:35pm | Permalink
Jodhaa Akbar is an epic bore athough it’s touted as an epic love story of Mughal Emperor Akbar and Rajput princess Jodhaa. Jodhaa Akbar never once scales lofty heights but struggles in the quicksand of its mediocre story, pedestrian acting, insipid action scenes and awful music. Simply put, Jodhaa Akbar is not a work of a powerful imagination. The movie is unnecessarily three hours and 24-minutes long!The movie is like one of those trashy Mills & Boon novels - Boy meets girl. Sparks fly. Boy and girl have disagreement and part. Boy and girl pine for each other. Boy and girl unite. Add some amateurish war scenes with some elephants, camels and horses to this Mills & Boon kichdi and you have the essence of Jodhaa Akbar. Neither Hrithik Roshan nor Aishwarya Rai -who play Mughal Emperor Akbar and Jodhaa respectively - distinguish themselves by their acting in Jodhaa Akbar. In Jodhaa Akbar, Hrithik Roshan displays none of those magisterial traits one would associate with the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Most of the time Hrithik Roshan seemed like he was performing the role of Birbal (Akbar’s court jester).
In several crucial scenes, Hrithik Roshan lets the audience down with a wooden performance. When Jodhaa imposes two conditions for the marriage, Hrithik Roshan disappoints and when he learns of his old Badi Ammi Maham Anga’s perfidious action, he disappoints again. As for Aishwarya Rai, the less said of this ethereal beauty’s non-acting, whether in Jodaa Akbar or any other movie, the better. With few exceptions, most of our Bollywood directors pay little attention to the story, hoping that the glamour of the stars is enough to draw in the crowds. As for our Bollywood stars, acting is a completely alien concept to most of them. The end result is that Bollywood movies are usually unwatchable, unendurable and unfathomable nightmares.
In great love stories on the screen like Casablanca, the love of the principal characters for each other hits you with a gale-force that leaves an indelible impression on the mind. But that never happens in Jodhaa Akbar. It’s a love story alright. But not an epic love story. The action scenes in Jodhaa Akbar also left me disappointed. I found Hrithik’s fight scene with the elephant less-than-terrifying and less-than-spectacular. And as for the war scenes in Jodhaa Akbar, they are hopelessly amateurish.
Comedy comes in the form of Aishwarya Rai’s sword fights. Come on, this gal can’t even act. Where is the question of her performing sword fights with elan? If you don’t think Aishwarya Rai’s sword fighting is funny, there is her ludicrous presence on the battle field as Akbar prepares to fight his scheming brother-in-law. Looking for nice music in Jodhaa Akbar? Forget it. Music director A.R.Rahman must have dozed through the whole exercise. By the way, the picturization for the Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah song was an elaborate affair and quite nice too. The only other silver lining in Jodhaa Akbar was in the fine costume design by Neeta Lulla. Jodhaa Akbar is just not the kind of Bollywood movie you would want to waste money or time.

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2
Satish Satish on 17th Feb 2008, 4:31pm | Permalink
I did not watch the movie yet. And, I think this is a fair review.

Reshma - It is a racist remark to suggest full hyd folks not to review hindi films and that they may not uderstand a film. Think about it. And, If you don't like a review, skip that review and go with some other review that resonates better with your frequency.
RATING
4
Reshma on 17th Feb 2008, 3:05pm | Permalink
haha!!!why ru trying to convince people that the film is not good.....and a reviewer is supposed to write a review on the film and not on directors thinking...just go through the review.. instead of describing the film ur just trying to prove that the film isn't good.....u guys didn't find anything wrong with jhoom barabar jhoom and gave it a rating 3.....but everything is wrong with TZP and jhoda akbar...i seriously advice full hyd not to review hindi films...bcoz might be the reviewers arent understanding the films!!!!!!
RATING
8
Ravi Kumar on 16th Feb 2008, 1:51pm | Permalink
Hey Reviewer,
Sensation's projector is BAD. Sensation uses a DIGITAL PROJECTOR. Try watching the movie in PVR. Cinematography is the best part of the movie.
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6
Sachin Kumar on 16th Feb 2008, 12:52pm | Permalink
All of the critics on this website have no idea of what cinema is about.
Cut the crap, throw em out for the betterment of this very good guide to twin cities
RATING
8
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