Jodhaa Akbar

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Ashutosh Gowariker's epic historical romance Jodhaa Akbar tells the story of how the Mughal emperor Akbar found his match in the princess he marries for political reasons. In order to convince the Rajputs that he was worthy of their fealty, the shrewd leader Akbar marries their princess, Jodhaa. Soon he develops true feeling for the woman, who feels no need to consider herself inferior in any way to her husband. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Cast

Hrithik Roshan
as Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
Sonu Sood
as Sujamal
Mrs. Punam S. Sinha
as Mallika Hamida Banu
Suhasini Mulay
as Padmavati
Ila Arun
as Maham Anga
Raza Murad
as Shamsuddin Atka Khan
Surendra Pal
as Rana Uday Singh
Rajesh Vivek
as Chughtai Khan
Pramod Moutho
as Todar Mal
Vishwa S. Badola
as Saadir Adaasi
Visshwa Badola
as Saadir Adaasi
Disha Vakani
as Madhavi
Manava Naik
as Neelakshi
Yuri Suri
as Bairam Khan
Abeer Abrar
as Bakshi Banu Begum
Shaji Chaudhary
as Adham Khan
Sayed Badrul Hasan
as Mullah Do Pyaaza
Pramatesh Mehta
as Chandrabhan Singh
Pradeep K. Sharma
as Sheikh Mubarak
Nikintin Dheer
as Sharifuddin Hussain
Digvijay Purohit
as Rajkumar Bhagwan Das
Pradeep Sharma
as Sheikh Mubarak
Amin Hajee
as Singer
Balraj
as Raja Balraj Singh
Sudhanshu Hakku
as Raja Shimalgarh
Nikitin Dheer
as Sharifuddin Hussain
Yuri
as Bairam Khan
Aman Dhaliwal
as Rajkumar Rattan Singh
Shehzor Ali
as Raja Hemu
Ulhas Barve
as Raja Mankeshwar
Jassi Singh
as Raja Bhadra
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Critic Reviews for Jodhaa Akbar

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

  • What follows is a three- and-a-half-hour journey back in time to a bygone era, well worth a visit.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Jodhaa Akbar, a historical romance directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is filmmaking on the grand scale of Cecil B. DeMille, with romance, stirring battles, a cast of thousands and enough elephants and gold to sink the Titanic.

    Apr 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Luckily, Aishwarya Rai's mesmerizing good looks make three and a half hours tick by like, well, two and a half hours

    Feb 23, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • An imperial epic of 16th-century India, realized on a suitably gargantuan scale by writer-director Ashutosh Gowariker.

    Feb 21, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A long-limbed story that is utterly simple in structure, but decorated with enough character interplay and side plots to keep the movie ticking over to a powerful finale.

    Feb 20, 2008 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • [Director Ashutosh Gowariker] seems to raise the bar with his historic magnum-opus, Jodhaa Akbar.

    Feb 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tajpal Rathore

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jodhaa Akbar

  • Feb 08, 2010
    <i>''Lost memories fill my heart.'' </i> 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. <b>Hrithik Roshan</b>: Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar <b>Aishwarya Rai</b>: Jodhaa Bai Ashutosh Gowariker's majestic magnificent <i>Jodhaa Akbar</i>(2008), is an extremely intricately created period epic romance drama. Unquestionably one of the finest song and dance sequence ever shot in Indian cinema that I have witnessed. Costumes, songs, locations, props are all inspiring and dazzling to witness. <div style="width:1024px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/jodhaa-akbar-nickjodha-akbar-10859547"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/10/85/95/10859547_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"></div></div> Ashutosh Gowariker proves himself once again by attempting a unique idea on screen. Gowariker is a master storyteller without a doubt, he has lived up to the expectations with his artful colour laden <i>Jodhaa Akbar</i>. When it comes to performances, Hrithik Roshan is unbeatable. As Akbar, Roshan excels and breathes life into the role with his charisma and vitality. His body language and dialogue are unsurpassed; You will be convinced that no other actor could have pulled off the role of Akbar with such flair. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Jodhaa does not disappoint either. She utilizes the role with grace and emotes effortlessly where needed. The supporting cast is a mixed palette of palpatation regarding acting. Sonu Sood as Sujamal results in perhaps a 2D character in terms of expressing emotion. Some of the finer performances are by Illa Arun as Maham Manga, Kulbhushan Kharbandha as Raja Bharmal and Punam Sinha as Hamida Nabu. Illa Arun is <b>devilishly</b> cunning as the evil Maham Manga. Nikitin Dheer does well as Sharifuddin Hussain, considering this is his debut film as an actor. Cinematography by Kiran Deohans is perfection quite literally on a plate. Sixteenth century is beautifully captured and the war scenes successfully add action to the drama and songs. Costumes by Neeta Lulla are wondrously alive and radiant rainbow assorted greatness. Never over the top, Neeta Lulla does a fine job with Akbar's costumes and the entire cast including extras and the marvelous weaponry, furniture and intricate accessories on display. Editing (Balu Saluja) is sometimes minimal; Every detail is kept for vibrant and consistency for detail. It is obvious that Gowariker did not want any particular scenes to be edited. Dialogues are note worthy and well delivered. Production values are of top quality. Special mention must be made of the publicity designers for the superb posters and the theatrical trailer which were of international standards. A R Rehman's brilliant score along with the visuals brings to life the story and draws us into this intriguing world of wonder. Songs which truly stand out in the film are Khwaja Mere Khwaja and Azeem-o-shaan Shehenshah, both of which are choreographed superbly. The choreography of the Khwaja track is one of the finest you will ever come across in Indian cinema. Background score by Rehman is also successfully delivered. Overall, <i>Jodhaa Akbar</i> results in being an artful insight into the past. While opting for more musical and art forms upon execution it succeeds even if parts are not historically accurate. The useful mixing of drama, battles, story, romance and mystery all dismiss any prior grievances. This is an epic journey of storytelling and wondrous characterizations laced with visuals mixed with musical poignancy. A musical artistic <b>marvel</b> to be watched on numerous occasions. <i>''Why seek paradise? When it is before me now.''</i>
    Alexander C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2009
    A great historical war drama with a love story included for added depth. It was good that it only had an occasional song, and they were well placed, so not to ruin the serious tone of a historical drama. As usual, everything is beautiful; sets, costumes, music. I enjoyed it, but was not as amazed as I often am by Bollywood movies. I found the politics of the story a little hard to follow, although that could be due to poor translation.
    Rebecca E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2008
    Long, but it doesn't feel so when you are watching it. It was okay, but I felt the war/fight scenes weren't interesting at all. Beautiful cinematography, a very beautiful film to watch.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2008
    Bollywood is like a Hollywood that doesn't take itself so seriously. As a result, the audience feels free to enjoy the same cheesy clichés that no longer work in American movies. Not to mention other merits: the marvelous production, the fabulous music, the creativity of the battle scenes and the paralyzing beauty of Aishwarya Rai.
    Rhady N Super Reviewer

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