Jodha Akbar

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Jodha Akbar
Jodha Akbar - ZeeTV.jpg
GenreHistorical fiction
Created byEkta Kapoor
Developed byEkta Kapoor
Written byResearch, Lyrics and Consultant
Dr. Bodhisattva
Story and Screenplay
R M Joshi
Anil Nagpal
Binita Desai
Manish Paliwal
Kirtida Gautam
Neha Singh
Mayuri Roy Chaudhary
Sahil Dogra
Koel Chaudhuri
Dheeraj Sarna
Directed bySantram Varma
Ranjan Singh
Vicky Chauhan
Arshad Yunus Khan Kadar Kazi(kk)
Creative directorsShaalu
Kadar kazi(kk)
StarringRajat Tokas
Paridhi Sharma
Theme music composerLalit Sen
Country of originIndia
Original languagesHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes566 [1]
ProducersEkta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Production locationsJaipur
CinematographySantosh Suryavashi
EditorsVikas Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 24 minutes
Production companyBalaji Telefilms
Original networkZee TV
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release18 June 2013 (2013-06-18) –
7 August 2015 (2015-08-07)

Jodha Akbar is an Indian fictional drama romantic television series aired from 18 June 2013 to 7 August 2015 on Zee TV and also digitally available on ZEE5. The show was produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms.[2] Starring Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma, it was a successful show with praises for its cast performances.

This series is dubbed in Tamil as same name on Zee Tamil, in Telugu language as same name on Zee Telugu, in Bengali Language as same name on Zee Bangla and in Malayalam language as same name on Zee Keralam.


Jodha Akbar is an epic drama that focuses on how the marriage policy brings the love of Jodha Bai and Akbar in a measure that has changed the destiny of India. This drama period also describes the wars of this time and the relations between the Mughals and Rajputs and how Jodha and Akbar face trials and tribulations to be together. The drama also focuses on the operating Queens, courts, courtesans, ministers and their influence on the love story of Akbar and Jodha Bai. Finally, the show also portrays how Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad acquires the title 'Akbar' from the people of India.

Jalaluddin Mohammad, a fearless warrior, son of Emperor Humayun and Hameeda Bano Begum, became the Emperor of the Mughal dynasty at a very young age. He is under the influence of Bairam Khan, his reagent, and Maham Anga, his foster mother. Bairam Khan has taught Jalal to be a ruthless and cruel ruler, and spread his rule by fear, conquer people by the sword. Jalal, following Bairam Khan's ideals becomes a heartless and fearsome ruler, whom the people dislike. He wants to conquer the entire Hindustaan, and presently, he is eyeing the golden Rajputana.

Jodha Bai, princess of Amer, daughter of Raja Bharmal and Rani Mainavati, is a kind and intelligent young girl, who believes in ruling people's hearts and that rule is spread by love and togetherness, not by force.

She decides to go to a far away temple to offer prayers on her birthday, along with Moti Bai, her friend and aide. While offering prayers there, a band of mughal soldiers come and start looting the jewellery of the Goddess. When Moti Bai tries to stop them, they try to molest her. Angered at this, Jodha asks who could be so cruel as to rob people of their religions, to which a temple person replied Jalaluddin Mohammad. Jodha pledges to destroy Jalal and present his head in front of the Goddess. Meanwhile, Moti Bai, embarrassed by the turn of events, decides to commit suicide, but Jodha prevents her. This makes Jodha even more vengeful.

Jalal punishes a man for stealing his shoes by cutting off his legs. He decides to meet Sharifuddin, a subedaar of, close to Amer, so that he can wait for the right moment to attack the unaware Rajputs.




Historical Accuracy[edit]

Certain Rajput groups claimed Jodhaa was married to Akbar's son, Jahangir, not Akbar, whereas certain reports state that Jodha and Akbar were not married although the primary historical proves that Akbar and the princess of Amber was married on which the show is made as a complete show can't be false. They also protested against the show along with Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, another historical series that aired on Sony TV.[4] The title of the series was criticised by members of the Kshatriya community as misleading, politically motivated historical revisionism that minimised Rajput history. The community protested against the series in Rajasthan, and alleged that if the name was not changed they would not let any Balaji Telefilms films to be released in the state.[4] Ekta Kapoor stated, "I always believe it's 20% history and 80% folklore."[5] The story is loosely true but has a wholesome addition of drama.


Rajat Tokas during the shooting of the Jodha Akbar at ND Studios, Karjat.

The producer of the show, Ekta Kapoor was influenced by the 2009 big screen movie, Jodhaa Akbar, directed by Bollywood's Ashutosh Gowariker.[6][7]

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[8][9]

Ekta Kapoor stated she conducted 7000 auditions for the female protagonist Jodha across the nation before selecting Paridhi Sharma.[10]

Ashwini Kalsekar was selected to play the role of Maham Anga, Akbar's primary caretaker and protector.[11]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Historical/Mythological Show Ekta Kapoor Won[12]
Best Actor in Negative Role Chetan Hansraj Won[12]
Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Art Direction Sandesh and Vishwanath
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Actor (Drama) Rajat Tokas
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[13]
BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor Rajat Tokas
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Historical Series Ekta Kapoor Won[14]
Best Director (Fiction) Santram Verma
Best Actor in Leading Role Rajat Tokas
7th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Ashwini Kalsekar Won[15]
Best Actor in Negative Role (Critics) Chetan Hansraj
Best Actress in Supporting Role (Critics) Lavina Tandon
Golden Debutante of the year(Female) Paridhi Sharma
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Critics) Rajat Tokas
Best Television Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar Won[16]
Best Fresh New Face (Female) Paridhi Sharma
Best Actor in a Lead Role Rajat Tokas
Best Ensemble Cast Ekta Kapoor
Best Historical Series Ekta Kapoor
2015 Star Guild Awards Best Ongoing Drama Series Ekta Kapoor Won[17]


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  16. ^ Winners of 13th Indian Telly Awards, 2014 Archived 14 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Star Guild Awards Home".

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