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 Balaji Telefilms
Written by Story & Screenplay
R M Joshi
Binita Desai
Manish Paliwal
Kirtida Gautam
Mayuri Roy Chaudhary
Dheeraj Sarna
Research, lyrics & consultant
Directed by Santram Verma
Creative director(s) Shaalu
Starring See Below
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 01
Producer(s) Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Editor(s) Vikas Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Sandeep Bhatt
Location(s) Jaipur
Cinematography Santosh Suryavashi
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 24 minutes
Production company(s) Balaji Telefilms
Original channel Zee TV , Geo Kahani
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 18 June 2013 – Present
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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.

Jallaludin Mohammad (Akbar) who had inherited his father, Humayan's Mughal Empire at the age of 13, after his father's death, had been brought up almost like a trained assassin by Bairam Khan, his father's supreme commander. Hard-nosed, rough, tough and heartless... and priding himself on the each of those facets of his personality, the only thing Akbar had learnt was to expand his empire - at the cost of others lives - at the cost of emotions - at the cost of love - the word he was never familiar with.

Whilst Jodha, the daughter of Raja Bharmal, the Rajput King of Amer (one of the most affluent Rajput Kingdom's of its time) valued each of those emotions - valued the life of even the birds and bees of her kingdom - she only hated the Mughal's whom she felt were intruding upon her land, and wanted to oust them from Rajputana, along with their Emperor Jallaluddin, whom she hated with her heart.

Little did Akbar know at the time of his marriage to Jodha, the fiery Rajput princess, in order to expand his empire into Rajputana, the land of the Valiant Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey - the journey of true love - he would discover the heart which he never felt he had - and it would throb for its rightful lover - Jodha.

Historical accuracy[edit]

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.[1]

Ekta Kapoor's reaction was ,"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."[2]

Protests and legal issues[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 Rajastan, and alleged that if they do not do so they will not let any Balaji Telefilms films to be released in the state.[1]



The producer of the show, Ekta Kapoor was influenced by the 2008 big screen movie, Jodhaa Akbar, directed by Bollywood's Ashutosh Gowariker .[4][5]

Rajat Tokas who had earlier worked with Ekta Kapoor in the soap opera, Tere Liye was selected to play the role of the protagonist Akbar[6][7]

Ekta Kapoor stated she conducted 7000 auditions for the female protagonist Jodha across the nation. After several hunt she finalised Paridhi Sharma[8]

Ashwini Kalsekar played in a different Kapoor show Kasamh Se and was selected to play the role of Maham Anga, Akbar's primary caretaker & protector.[9]



Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Historical/Mythological Show Ekta Kapoor Won[10]
Best Actor in Negative Role Chetan Hansraj Won[10]
Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Art Direction Sandesh & Vishwanath
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Actor (Drama) Rajat Tokas
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Dharavahik Ekta Kapoor Won[11][12]
Favorite Khalnayak (Male) Chetan Hansraj
Favorite Nayi Jodi Rajat Tokas & Paridhi Sharma
Favorite Popular Face (Male) Rajat Tokas
Best Screenplay R M Joshi
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[13]
BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor Rajat Tokas
2014 Zee Gold Awards Best TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[14]
Best Actress in Leading Role Paridhi Sharma
Best Director (Fiction) Santram Verma Won[15]
Best Actor in Leading Role Rajat Tokas
2014 Garv Indian TV Awards Best Concept Ekta Kapoor Won[16]
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Art Director Santram Verma
Best Ensemblance Cast Ekta Kapoor
Best Negative Star (Jury) Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Fresh Star (Jury) Paridhi Sharma
Best Actor (Jury) Rajat Tokas
Best Serial (Popular) Ekta Kapoor
Best Negative Star (Popular) Chetan Hansraj
Best Show with Social Message Jodha Akbar
Best Actor (Popular) Rajat Tokas
2014 7th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actor (Critics) Rajat Tokas Won[17]
Face of the Year (Male)[17] Rajat Tokas
Best Fresh New Face (Female)[17] Paridhi Sharma
Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics)[17] Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Actor in Negative Role (Popular)[17] Chetan Hansraj
Best Actress in Supporting Role (Popular)[17] Lavina Tandon


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