Last evening i happened to view “Jodha Akbar ” starring Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya and directed by Ashuthosh Gowarikar. The movie evokes a desire to look back at our rich heritage, our history and to know our roots beyond the english rule. Going back to our school days Mughal History was a subject that covered until Standard 10th. and very superficially. During school history was a subject that was so elaborate and not a pleasant experience as we had so much to cover . This movie proved me wrong.
Looking at great period movies from hollywood like Troy, Alexander, Motrocycle Diaries, Flag of Fathers and epics like Cleopatra and Ben Hur stirs a lot of interest into those periods from the viewer point of view. And here is a film from bollywood that tends to take the audence in retrospective to the Mughal era. I think thats a good effort from the filmmaker. Rather than making senseless movies that have the film protagonist running behind the heroine around the trees and so on. If a few movies of such genre can evoke the audience to look at different periods of Indian history i think it will create a lot of awareness among the youth of today.
Coming back to the content of the movie, we are not here to dispute the veracity of the story but the storyline is on how the neighboring kingdoms of Amer, Ajabgarh and Rajputana who used to live in peace and then the Mughal kingdom was growing from one size to another. Then there comes the political alliance in the form of a marraige proposal between prince Jalaludeen and Jodha. Jodha is the princess of the Kingdom of Amer. This story revolves around what started as a marraige of convenience to a tumultous love affair of a lifetime in the viewpoint of relegious tolerance, women empowerment and social integration. The trend to have movies like Mangal Pandey, Parzania, Black Friday, Gandhi -My Father throw a lot of light into grey areas of our history. The government has to encourage film makers who strive to recreate those lost moments of our history for the ignorant masses.
On the other hand it was an Oscar night with Coen Brothers ” No country for Old men “, “Michael Clayton” and “Bruno” grabbing major awards. Major letdown was that a movie like ” Atonement ” wasnt recognised at least for an excellent story.