Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 6,301 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Biography | History | Musical | Romance
  • Release Date: 15 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: UK:213 min | India:213 min
  • Budget: INR 400,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $3,440,718(USA)(13 April 2008)
  • Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonu Sood
  • Original Music By: A.R. Rahman   
  • Soundtrack: Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Marriage | Rajput | Emperor | Hindu | Princess

Writing Credits By:

  • Haidar Ali (story)
  • Haidar Ali (screenplay) and
  • Ashutosh Gowariker (screenplay)
  • K.P. Saxena (dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • Ashutosh Gowariker hired a research team of historians and scholars from Delhi, Lucknow, Agra and Jaipur to guide him on the film.
  • Due to the fact that this film was filmed in sync sound, director Ashutosh banned the use of mobile phones for his entire cast and crew on the sets.
  • Art director Nitin Desai created little cottages for Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai at his studio because Director Ashutosh Gowariker wanted the actors to stay in Karjat, where they were filming, rather than have them commute from Mumbai every day. They had all the comforts of home in the cottage. Hrithik’s wife and son also stayed with him at the cottage.
  • Over 80 elephants, 100 horses, and 55 camels were used in the movie.
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore brown contact lenses for her role.
  • This film was originally scheduled for release around November 2007, but post production delay moved it to February 2008.
  • Yuri or more correctly Wing Commander Yogesh Suri, who played Bairam Khan, is a qualified Cosmonaut, and during his career flew several types of aircraft including the MiG 21 and MiG 25.
  • For Hrithik and Aishwarya’s sword fight scene, initially the sword was made of wood and fiber. But Hrithik and Aishwarya found it difficult to maneuver it, and so the swords were re-made light fiber.
  • This is Aishwarya’s first film where her name appears in the credits as her new married name, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.
  • The district administration imposed a ban on the screening of Jodhaa Akbar in Ambala, India following protests by members of the Rajput community who alleged that historical facts had been distorted in the film. They believe that Jodhaa was Akbar’s daughter-in-law and not his wife.

Goofs: Factual errors: No member of the Mughal royal family named Jodha Bai is mentioned in the official biographies of Akbar and his son Jehangir. Akbar's official biography, Akbarnama, does not mention that Akbar had any Hindu Rajput wife named 'Jodha Bai'. However, the biography of Akbar's son and future emperor, Jehangir, mentions that his mother was a Hindu Rajput princess who adopted the name 'Mariam Zamani' after marrying Akbar.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: Jodhaa Akbar is 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, Jodhaa. Politically, success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar, After having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Himalayas to the Godhavari River. Through a shrewd blend of tolerance, generosity and force, Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs, the most belligerent Hindus. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa, a fiery Rajput princess, in order to further strengthen his relations with the Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey – the journey of true love. The daughter of King Bharmal of Amer, Jodhaa resented being reduced to a mere political pawn in this marriage of alliance, and Akbar's biggest challenge now did not merely lie in winning battles…Written by hEmRaJ (gavin_coolhgr@hotmail.com)  

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Synopsis: Jodhaa Akbar is 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, Jodhaa. Political success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar (Hrithik Roshan). After having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Himalayas to the Godavari River.

Through a shrewd blend of tolerance, generosity, and force, Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs, the most belligerent Hindus. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa (Aishwarya), a fiery Rajput princess, in order to further strengthen his relations with the Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey the journey of true love.

The daughter of King Bharmal of Amer, Jodhaa resented being reduced to a mere political pawn in this marriage of alliance, and Akbars biggest challenge now did not merely lie in winning battles, but in winning the love of Jodhaa a love hidden deep below resentment and extreme prejudice. Jodhaa-Akbar is their untold love story.

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Produced By:

  • Lawrence D'Souza known as line producer
  • Ashutosh Gowariker known as producer
  • Ronnie Screwvala known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Hrithik Roshan known as Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan known as Jodhaa Bai
  • Sonu Sood known as Sujamal
  • Poonam Sinha known as Mallika Hamida Banu (as Mrs. Punam S. Sinha)
  • Suhasini Mulay known as Rani Padmavati
  • Ila Arun known as Maham Anga
  • Raza Murad known as Shamsuddin Atka Khan
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda known as Raja Veer Bharmal
  • Abeer Abrar known as Bakshi Banu
  • Shehzor Ali known as Raja Hemu
  • Amitabh Bachchan known as Narrator
  • Vishwa S. Badola known as Saadir Adaasi
  • Balraj known as Raja Balraj Singh
  • Ulhas Barve known as Raja Mankeshwar
  • Shaji Chaudhary known as Adham Khan
  • Chetana Das (as Chetana)
  • Parth Dave known as Young Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
  • Aman Dhaliwal known as Rajkumar Rattan Singh
  • Nikitin Dheer known as Sharifuddin Hussain
  • Amin Hajee known as Singer
  • Sudhanshu Hakku known as Raja Shimalgarh
  • Sayed Badrul Hasan known as Mullah Do Pyaaza
  • Dilnaz Irani known as Salima
  • Bharat Kumar known as Raja Chauhan
  • Pramatesh Mehta known as Chandrabhan Singh
  • Pramod Muthu known as Todar Mal
  • Manava Naik known as Neelakshi
  • Surendra Pal known as Rana Uday Singh
  • Raju Pandit known as Raja Bhaati
  • Digvijay Purohit known as Rajkumar Bhagwan Das
  • Tejpal Singh Rawat known as Ni'mat
  • Indrajit Sarkar known as Birbal
  • Rajiv Sehgal known as Raja Viraat
  • Pradeep Sharma known as Sheikh Mubarak
  • Gurmeet Singh known as Raja Shundi
  • Jassi Singh known as Raja Bhadra
  • Yuri Suri known as Bairam Khan
  • Rucha Vaidya known as Young Jodhaa
  • Disha Vakani known as Madhavi
  • Rajesh Vivek known as Chughtai Khan

..{tab=Supporting Department}Art Department:

  • Hemant Bhatkar known as assistant art director
  • Sunil Gujar known as graphic designer
  • Ramakant Kanojia known as graphic designer
  • Sanjay Karole known as assistant art director
  • Mithali Mahajan known as assistant art director
  • Dhananjay Thorat known as graphic designer

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Production Companies:

  • Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd.
  • UTV Motion Pictures

Other Companies:

  • SonicFields  sound post-production

Distributors:

  • Bharat Entertainment International (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Bodega Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Bharat Entertainment International (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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  • Vishal Anand known as visual effects supervisor
  • Prince Chaurasia known as visual effects coordinator
  • Das Chinmay known as senior compositor
  • Vinay Singh Chuphal known as flame artist
  • Shaiju Ep known as digital compositor
  • Rahul Galwankar known as senior rotoscope artist
  • Bhaskar Joyoti Goswami known as digital compositor
  • Samapika Karmakar known as digital compositor
  • Zarvan Kotwal known as visual effects artist
  • Somasundram L. known as compositor
  • Ramachari Murali known as visual effects artist
  • Payankulath Nandakumar known as senior compositor
  • Parag Patel known as visual effects artist
  • Paresh Patil known as digital matte painter
  • Shaikh Rizwan known as digital compositor
  • Shreedhar Sammohinivis known as digital compositor
  • Ravi Shekhar known as digital compositor
  • Sampat Shetty known as digital compositor
  • Bhanu Partap Singh known as digital compositor
  • Abu Thahir known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Belgium 13 February 2008
  • Australia 14 February 2008
  • Kuwait 14 February 2008
  • Malaysia 14 February 2008
  • New Zealand 14 February 2008
  • UK 14 February 2008
  • India 15 February 2008
  • Ireland 15 February 2008
  • Netherlands 15 February 2008
  • South Africa 15 February 2008
  • USA 15 February 2008
  • Germany 3 April 2008
  • Austria 22 May 2008
  • USA 14 July 2008 (Maine International Film Festival)
  • France 28 October 2008 (limited)
  • France 7 November 2008 (Lyon Asiexpo Film Festival)
  • Egypt 19 November 2008 (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 23 November 2008 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • France 4 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 18 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • France 6 July 2010 (La Rochelle International Film Festival)
  • Italy 6 August 2011 (TV premiere)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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