Jodha Akbar (TV series)

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Jodha Akbar
Genre Historical fiction
Created by Ekta Kapoor
Developed by Ekta Kapoor
Written by

Story and Screenplay
R M Joshi ,
Anil Nagpal
Binita Desai
Manish Paliwal
Kirtida Gautam
Neha Singh
Mayuri Roy Chaudhary
Ankush Nagpal
Sahil Dogra

Dheeraj Sarna
Research, lyrics and consultant
Dr. Bodhisattva
Directed by Santram Varma, Ranjan Singh, Vicky Chauhan, Arshad Khan
Creative director(s) Shaalu
Starring Rajat Tokas
Paridhi Sharma
Theme music composer Lalit Sen
Country of origin India
Original language(s)


Sinhala dubbed on Hiru Tv, Sri Lanka
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 566 [1]
Producer(s) Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Location(s) Jaipur
Cinematography Santosh Suryavashi
Editor(s) Vikas Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 24 minutes
Production company(s) Balaji Telefilms
Original network Zee TV
Picture format 576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release 18 June 2013 – 7 August 2015
External links
Production website

Jodha Akbar is an Indian historical fiction drama aired on Zee TV. The series premiered on 18 June 2013. The show was produced by Ekta Kapoor under her brand name Balaji Telefilms. It starred Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma in lead roles. The show focuses on how a political marriage between a royal couple from 2 different religions brings love between them to the extent that it changes the fate of India and its people. The chemistry between Paridhi (Jodha) and Rajat (Akbar) was one of its kind. This leading couple became India's most loved TV couple in India as well as internationally, to the extent that when the show finally went off air, fans started a petition on the website urging producers and directors to cast the lead couple together in another TV serial so that fans could continue watching them. It was also one of the most expensive TV serials ever made with its dazzling array of period costumes, sets, and jewelry. Due to leading actress Paridhi Sharma's contract expiring, the show went off air.[2][3]then it was being aired on zee Anmol and currently on big magic on 7:30 to 8:30 from Monday to Saturday.

Plot summary[edit]

Jodha Akbar is an epic drama about a sixteenth century story of a political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. It is full of fiction with no relation to real history. The show focuses on how their political marriage brings love between them to an extent that it changes 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. The show also highlights how Mughal emperor Jalaluddin acquired the title of Akbar from the people and covers most of his reign from 1557-8 up to the 1585, also showing the life of Akbar's children.


Historical inaccuracy[edit]

Many of the events portrayed in the series are fictitious. 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. They also protested against the show along with Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, another historical series that aired on Sony TV.[5] 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 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.[5] Ekta Kapoor stated, "I always believe it's 20% history and 80% folklore."[6]


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.[7][8]

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[9][10]

Ekta Kapoor stated she conducted 7000 auditions for the female protagonist Jodha across the nation before selecting Paridhi Sharma.[11]

Ashwini Kalsekar was selected to play the role of Maham Anga, Akbar's primary caretaker and protector.[12]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Historical/Mythological Show Ekta Kapoor Won[13]
Best Actor in Negative Role Chetan Hansraj Won[13]
Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Art Direction Sandesh and Vishwanath
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Actor (Drama) Rajat Tokas
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Dharavahik Ekta Kapoor Won[14][unreliable source?]
Favorite Khalnayak (Male) Chetan Hansraj
Favorite Nayi Jodi Rajat Tokas and 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[15]
BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor Rajat Tokas
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Historical Series Ekta Kapoor Won[16]
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[17]
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[18]
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
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Dharavahik Ekta Kapoor Won[19]
Favorite Jodi Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma
Favorite Bal Kirdaar Ayaan Zubair Rahmani
Best Screenplay R M Joshi
2015 Star Guild Awards Best Ongoing Drama Series Ekta Kapoor Won[20]


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  2. ^ Team, Tellychakkar. "Jodha Akbar bids adieu after a glorious run of 2 years". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
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  12. ^ "Ashwini as Maham Anga in Ekta's Jodhaa Akbar? - Times of India". 
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  15. ^ "Nominations of Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013". 
  16. ^ "Star Guild Awards - Winners". 
  17. ^ "Zee Gold Awards 2014 Complete List Of Winners". 20 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Winners of 13th Indian Telly Awards, 2014 Archived 14 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Zee Rishtey Awards 2014 Official Home Page, Vote online for your Favourite Jodi, Favourite Parivaar, Favourite Popular Face Male and Favourite Popular Face Female on Zee TV. Watch ZRA contestant and nomination and performance videos. Watch this space for 2014 Zee Rishtey Award Winners on". 
  20. ^ "Star Guild Awards Home". 

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