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Jodhaa Akbar

An epic historical Indian film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.

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A Glimpse into Old India. Beautifully Shot

  • Jun 17, 2009
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Jodhaa Akbar is an epic story about the emperor and empress of Hindustan (old India) in 16th century.  I watched it in 2 DVD set which ran for like 4 hours -- well into the morning.  :-)

Short Summary:
Akbar inherits the Mughal empire from his father as a child and he grows into a powerful and compassionate emperor.  Even back then there were intense hatred between the Muslims and Hindus and many perished fighting.  Akbar, a devout Muslim, decides to marry Jodhaa, a devout Hindu, to bring peace in his empire, and the story unfolds...

Although the plot is pretty predictable, here are the reasons why I would recommend this movie:

 Learn about the old India:   I didn't know it was called "Hindustan" until I watched this movie and how culturally diverse each of different Indian tribes were.

Awesome costume  and set design:  Honestly, I can't tell you how close these are to the real India, but they were absolutely beautiful.   Without such elaborate costume and set design, the movie might have lost my interest though.

Music and dancing:  Is it possible to have an Indian movie with out music and dancing?  Not!  However, the music and dancing in this movie were not the typical Bollywood style.  Music has much traditional flair and dancing was very well choreographed.  I loved the songs sung by the whirling dervishes during the wedding ceremony and the various dances performed by different tribes during "adoration scene" were well choreographed and very interesting to watch.

Hope:  The story is about an Muslim emperor bringing people together despite difference in religion.  After seeing so many headlines these days about bloodshed due to religious conflicts, it is refreshing and hopeful to see a peaceful warrior.   The emperor displays deep religious devotion as well as tolerance for other religion.

Depiction of women: Even though the movie is set in the old times where you would expect women are treated as secondary citizens, there were many scenes where the empress is elevated and given equality.  I also liked the fact that she was portrayed not as a submissive wife, but someone who can think for herself and also protect herself.

It might be too long for some folks, but I think it's worth your 4 hours.

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August 14, 2009
Actually it's only about3 and a half hours, but that's nitpicking. It was such a gorgeous movie to watch. The costuming and even the jewelry was simply stunning. Remember the scene where he takes her to this room for some serious nuzzling and for the first time she's interested? That set was outrageous. It was done in rich emerald greens and then when the sun came in through the window it hit a mirror and everything turned to gold. I liked the scene where the two of them fought with swords as well, very typical swordplay into foreplay scene, but done as well as I've ever seen it done. And the dervishes were another of my favorite scenes--the Emperor has a moments where he's literally struck by the divine in the form of a white light and dances with them. Later when Jodhaa prays for him to recover she also is touched by a divine light. Equal opportunity portral of God for both religions.
August 14, 2009
Yeah, those were great scenes. You should totally turn your comment into a review. I think your descriptions of scenes are far better than my review. I was excited about the movie, so I just wanted to write something, but my writing isn't very good. Tell other Lunch member what an awesome movie this is. :-)
August 14, 2009
I did wind up buying the 3 disk version, soI do plan on reviewing it some day soon.
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Jodhaa-Akbar is an Indian epic film released on February 15, 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 his Hindu wife Jodhabai, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The music is composed by acclaimed music composer A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack of the movie was released on January 19, 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.

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Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 15, 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 3hrs 25min
Studio: UTV Motion Pictures
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