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“Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah, Furwa rawa, Hamesha hamesha salamat rahe
Tere ho kya bayain, Tu shaan-e-hindustan,
Hindustan teri jaan, Tu Jaan-e-Hindustan
Marhaba hooo, Marhaba”
Very aptly written by Javed Akhtar in the above lines, but its time to change the wordings a little… “Tera Ho Kya Bayain, Tu Shaan-E-Hindustan, Hindustan Teri Jaan, Par Kya Hoga Tu Jaan-E-Hindustan……….”
This question is surrounding the Television Industry from the day Ekta Kapoor announced her new show. Well a new show always creates a buzz and if it’s a show by Balaji Telefilms the current in the air is obvious, but my dear audience this show is extra special, because this show is non other than the epic love story from the pages of our history – Jodha and Akbar.
Ekta Kapoor, the undisputed queen of disputed Romantic/Family and Business Drama has now decided to venture in to the world of historical saga (God save the world; P)…. She has always created history with her shows and now she wants to remake a history.
Ekta Kapoor has always longed to make a classic, period love story for television. Her first attempt — the TV show Mahabharat in 2008 — was a disaster. In an attempt to give her dream another chance she has planed to bring this show on floor. And with that two things are also confirmed that – one, the historical love story of Jodha Akbar will be a lavish affair as it should be and some fictional elements will be added to the tale, apart from making a few dramatic changes to the love story.
Tanushree Dasgupta, creative director, Balaji Telefilms, says, “We realised that such larger-than-life and grand love stories are always well-accepted by family audiences. And we’re happy making love stories, no matter what era they are based in.” In 2008, director Ashutosh Gowariker epitomised the story on the silver screen in the film, Jodhaa-Akbar, which perhaps inspired Ekta. The big screen Jodha Akbar, was one of the costliest movies with the lead protagonists Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan wearing specially designed costumes and real jewelry, the bar is already set high what will our Balaji team do? Let’s see what’s for the starters.
Being very particular about all her projects, Ekta has traveled across India to many cities and attended almost every audition personally to handpick the right actors for the roles of Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu wife Jodha bai.
Describing her rigorous search for a perfect couple, she says, “It’s tough to cast faces that have an enigma and old world charm, that are not very synthetic. They should look raw and less plastic. While casting for an era about 500 odd years ago, you realise that every face has to be looked at carefully.”
Jodha Bai: Paridhi Sharma
Finding Jodha Bai was not an easy task. After eight months nation-wide search and auditions, Paridhi Sharma as a Jodha.
This will be Paridhi’s first lead role after she appeared as part of the supporting cast in Ruk Jaana Nahi.
Akbar: Rajat Tokas
Last seen in Balaji Telefilms’ Tere Liye, actor Rajat Tokas is currently preparing for arguably one of the biggest roles of his career – Mughal Emperor Akbar.
The actor, who made his debut as the male lead with historical show Prithviraj Chauhan, and made his grand entry in the hearts of million is returning to this genre as Akbar. May be this can be the lucky charm for Rajat and the show.
Ekta says, “I wanted an actor who is a boy-man. Although Rajat has the innocence of a 19-year-old, he is seasoned in terms of maturity. Akbar was someone who became a soldier and a king at the age of 14 and by 17 he had already won a battle on his own. Rajat is an expert in martial arts and horse riding. He was perfect for me.”
Maham Anga:Ashwini Kalsekar
After having worked with Balaji Telefilms earlier on their show, “Kasamh Se”, as the scheming Jigyaasa, Ashwini Kalsekar, is once again getting a chance to work with the production house. Ekta Kapoor’s new period love story show, “Jodhaa Akbar” will have the versatile actress, essaying an important character.
Ashwini has been finalized to play the role of Maham Anga, apart from being the caretaker of the Emperor, she also acted as the political advisor to the king, on many sensitive issues. She held a special place in Akbar’s life, who respected her for her shrewdness and loyalty. Ashwini, who has always been a favorite with the Balaji’s, is excited to be a part of this ambitious project.
Adham Khan : Chetan Hansraj
We hear that Chetan Hansraj is due to play the pivotal role of Adham Khan who is the foster brother of Akbar and son of Maham Anga.
When contacted, Chetan Hansraj told us, “Yes, I have been approached for Ekta’s Jodhaa Akbar. I will take it up if I am able to sort out the date issue.
Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa.
Political success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa, a fiery Rajput princess, in order to further strengthen his relations with the Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey – the journey of true love.
The show will feature on Zee TV, and the launch of Jodhaa Akbar is expected to be post IPL this year.
What?? The serial hasn’t been started yet. But then the show is walking on thin ice with heated shoes,after all the movie has also suffered the tangles of controversies and was initially banned in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand as the portrayal of ethnic Rajput people in the movie was criticized by members of the Rajput community as misleading, politically motivated historical revisionism that minimized Rajput history. The sword of similar controversies is already hanging on the show and one has already fallen.
Balaji Telefilm’s claim that Indore-girl Paridhi Sharma is their search for the role of princess Jodha’s but Vaibhav Gupta, a Mumbai- based freelance coordinator has claimed he had helped Balaji telefilms shortlist Paridhi Sharma contrary to media reports.
Gupta has lodged a complaint against Paridhi and associate creative head Balaji Telefilms Dev Verma, accusing them of cheating.
So, the count has started and there may be more of cases coming soon, we will keep you posted. Controversies or not the show has managed to create a buzz, we hope the show delivers what we are expecting from it. Waiting with baited breath to witness the phenomenal show and it’s phenomenal or not so phenomenal response.
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