Jodha Akbar (TV series)

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Jodha Akbar
As the Promotional Picture of Jodha Akbar.jpg
Promotional Image Of Jodha Akbar
Genre Historical drama
Created by Ekta Kapoor
Developed by Balaji Telefilms
Written by Story & Screenplay
R M Joshi
Binita Desai
Manish Paliwal
Kirtida Gautam
Mayuri Roy Chaudhary
Dialogues
Dheeraj Sarna
Research, lyrics & consultant
Dr.Bodhisattva
Directed by Santram Varma
Creative director(s) Shaalu
Starring See Below
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
Urdu
No. of seasons 01
Production
Producer(s) Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Editor(s) Vikas Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Sandeep Bhatt
Location(s) Jaipur
Karjat
Kohlapur
Cinematography Santosh Suryavashi
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 24 minutes
Production company(s) Balaji Telefilms
Broadcast
Original channel Zee TV , Geo Kahani
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 18 June 2013 – Present
External links
Website

Jodha Akbar is an Indian historical drama currently airing on Zee TV. The series premiered on 18 June 2013 and airs Monday to Friday evenings. The show is produced by Ekta Kapoor under her banner Balaji Telefilms. It stars Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma in lead roles.

Plot Summary[edit]

Jodha Akbar is an epic drama about a sixteenth century story of the political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. The show focuses on how their political marriage brings love between them to an extent that it changed the fate of India. This period drama also portrays the wars of that time along with the relations between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The drama also focuses on the functioning of the queens, the courts, courtesans, the ministers and their influence on the love story of Akbar and Jodha Bai. The show also highlights on how Mughal emperor Jalaluddin acquires the title of Akbar from the people. The drama even throws light on how the love of "Jodha Akabr" was never known and by flipping the pages of history one can know their love truly helped in triumphing every difficult situation.


Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The producer of the show, Ekta Kapoor was influenced by the 2008 big screen movie, Jodhaa Akbar, directed by Bollywood's Ashutosh Gowariker.[2][3]

Casting[edit]

Rajat Tokas who had earlier worked with Ekta Kapoor in her soap opera, Tere Liye was selected to play the role of the protagonist Akbar[4][5]

Ekta Kapoor says she conducted 7000 auditions for the female protagonist Jodha across the nation before selecting Paridhi Sharma[6] Ashwini Kalsekar was selected to play the role of Maham Anga, Akbar's primary caretaker & protector.[7]

Shooting[edit]

The Shooting began in mid March at various locations. The first shoot was done in Jaipur [8] Subsequent shootings were done at various locations like Kargat & Kolhapur.

Reception[edit]

The title of the series was criticised by members of the Rajput community as misleading, politically motivated historical revisionism that minimised Rajput history. The community's protests against the series in Rajasthan, and alleged that if they do not do so they will not allow any Balaji Telefilms films to be released in the state.[9]

Many of the events portrayed in the series are based on real events. Certain Rajput groups claimed Jodhaa was married to Akbar's son, Jahangir, not Akbar whereas certain reports stated that Jodha and Akbar were not married. They also protested against the show along with Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, another historical series that aired on Sony TV.[9] Ekta Kapoor stated, "I always believe it's 80% history and 20% folklore. There are enough proofs that say it's true, but then there are some people who say it’s not. Akbar had a certain graph and we know that. We cannot negate that there was a change of heart in him - from a power-hungry ruler to a non-biased one - because of a Rajput queen."[10]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Historical/Mythological Show Ekta Kapoor Won[11]
Best Actor in Negative Role Chetan Hansraj Won[11]
Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Art Direction Sandesh & Vishwanath
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Actor (Drama) Rajat Tokas
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[12]
BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor Rajat Tokas
2014 Zee Gold Awards Best TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[13]
Best Actress in Leading Role Paridhi Sharma
Best Director (Fiction) Santram Verma Won[14]
Best Actor in Leading Role Rajat Tokas

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