Jodhaa Akbar : A Reminiscence of the Regal Era of Love!

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Jodhaa Akbar : A Reminiscence of the Regal Era of Love!

A Critic Eye

Jodhaa Akbar is a love story set in the 16th century between the Mughal Emperor who ruled Hindustan (now India), Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar, and a fiery young Rajput princess, Jodhaa. With love as the backdrop, and highlighting the Hindu-Muslim marriage of alliance culminating in love and respect for one another, a day after Valentine’s Day was an apt moment for its release. Moreover, with hate politics being on the agenda, the timing of its release could not have been better. JODHAA AKBAR surely comes as a soothing balm to every Indian. If watched closely, it sends a message loud and clear that country is above everything else, even self! For our warring politicians, for this message alone, this movie is worth many trips to the multiplex.  Viewed as a love story, it portrays beautifully, the defiance of Jodhaa, the Rajput girl who is asked to marry Akbar, a Muslim Emperor. Not one to bow down or suppress her voice, Jodhaa expresses two strong wishes to the Emperor. Only if he agrees will she marry him. The first being he will not force her to change her religion and the second; he will give her a place in his palace to have a temple of her own. Both wishes are granted!  Then comes the tough task of the Emperor trying to get close to Jodhaa. Slowly, she teaches him that winning battles is not everything… he learns to win her heart as well. For lovers, this is a beautiful rendition of a perfect love story.  This movie is a masterpiece, a complete interpretation of what the director has visualized. From costumes, to body language, to background score, to the songs, sets, manpower and lighting… Gowariker has everything spot-on. Cinematographer Kiran Deohans captures through his wide lens the glory of the Moghul Era recreated by Nitin Desai. A R Rahman uses the beat of huge drums to transport you to another era. Pure, acoustic delight. Ravi Dewan recreates the fights that have you on the edge of your seats, while Raju Khan, Rekha Chinni Prakash and Ash Kumar combine to give you some breathtaking dances to do justice to the costumes of Neeta Lulla. The choreography of the tracks Khwaja Mere Khwaja and Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah leave you awestruck.

The Performances

The perfectionist that he is, Gowariker has taken pains to pick his entire cast and each one blends with the other to transport you back to an era gone by. Even the extras have been carefully picked.  Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachahan in the lead role complements each other, and both have been given the space to build their characters. I would rate this as Aishwarya’s best performance to date. This is credit to a good director who knows how to extract a performance from his actor. As for Hrithik, he soaks in the moment and one can see him completely surrender himself to Gowariker. He has worked hard on his body language and dialogue delivery. He portrays well the qualities of Akbar. He may not be the perfect Akbar, but he does enough to relive the role of the Emperor; that of a gentle and tolerant ruler with a love for his subjects who even put his life on the line to save his country. His dialogue towards the end where he subjects himself to the might of Sharifuddin Hussain for a sword fight, ‘Hum Hindustan ko galat haaton mein jaate nahin dekh sakta’, draws a huge applause.

The Film is nothing less than pure cinematic brilliance which can be enjoyed and appreciated by the QCG – Quality Cinema Goer! 

The Reign Of Success

Music awards

The film emerged out as the biggest winner in many music awards. However in the best music direction category, it lost many mainly to Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na composed by Rahman himself. The fine background score won the film many awards including Filmfare Best Background Score and IIFA Best Background Score. The soundtrack was also nominated in numerous categories.

Mirchi Music Awards

  • Song of the Year – “Jashn-e-Bahara”
  • Male Vocalist of the Year – Javed Ali for “Jashn-e-Bahara”
  • Female Vocalist of the Year – Bela Shende for “Manmohana”
  • Lyricist of the Year – Javed Akhtar for “Jashn-e-Bahara”
  • Technical Award For Film Background Score – A. R. Rahman
  • Technical Award For Song Mixing – H. Sridhar
  • Technical Award For Programming and Arranging – TR Krishna Chetan for “Jashn-e-Bahara”
  • Filmfare Best Background Score – A. R. Rahman
  • Filmfare Best Lyricist Award – Javed Akthar
  • Star Screen Award for Best Background Music – A. R. Rahman
  • Star Screen Award for Best Choreographer – Raju Khan for “Khwaja Mere Khwaja”
  • IIFA Best Music Director Award – A. R. Rahman
  • IIFA Best Lyricist Award – Javed Akthar
  • IIFA Best Male Playback Award – Javed Ali for “Jashn-e-Bahara”
  • IIFA Best Background Score – A. R. Rahman
  • V Shantaram Award for Best Music – A. R. Rahman

Cinematic Awards

Filmfare Awards

  • Won Best Film – Ronnie Screwvala and Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Won Best Director – Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Won Best Actor – Hrithik Roshan
  • Won Best Lyricist – Javed Akhtar
  • Won Best Background Score – A. R. Rahman

Screen Awards

  • Best Film – Ronnie Screwvala and Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Best Actor – Hrithik Roshan
  • Best Background Music – A. R. Rahman
  • Best Choreographer – Raju Khan for “Khwaja Mere Khwaja”
  • Best Director – Ashutosh Gowarikar
  • Best Actress (Popular Choice) – Aishwarya Rai

Nominated

  • Best Actress – Aishwarya Rai
  • Best Action – Ravi Dewan
  • Best Actor in a Negative Role – Ila Arun
  • Best Art Direction – Nitin Chandrakant Desai
  • Best Lyrics – Kashif for “Khwaja Mere Khwaja”
  • Best Music – A. R. Rahman
  • Best Male Playback Singer – A. R. Rahman for “Khwaja Mere Khwaja”
  • Best Special Effects – Pankaj Khandpur
  • Stardust Awards[edit]
  • Won, Star of the year – Hrithik Roshan
  • Won, Dream director – Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Won, The New Menace – Nikitin Dheer

IIFA Awards

 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Music Director
  • Best Lyricist
  • Best Male Playback
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Background Score
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Editing
  • Best Makeup

V Shantaram Awards

  • Won, Best Director Bronze Award – Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Won, Best Actress – Aishwarya Rai
  • Won, Best Music – A. R. Rahman

International Awards

  • Golden Minbar International Film Festival of Muslim Cinema (Kazan, Russia)
  • Won, Best Film (Grand Prix) – Ashutosh Gowarikar
  • Won, Best Actor Award – Hrithik Roshan
  • 32nd São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, South America)
  • Won, Audience Award for Best Foreign Language Film – Ashutosh Gowarikar

Jodhaa Akbar – Official Trailer

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