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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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.