I saw Jodhaa Akbar on 16th February as a valentine gift. We had a late night show to attend so we took our dinner and walked to the Sky City for the 1950 hour show.
Before going for any critial review I’d like to remember the past few historical Hindi movies in recent past…………….aaahhh can’t recollect.
I was waiting for Jodhaa Akbar ever since Diwali last year. Not because I am a Hrithik or Aish buff-I was just inquisitive about how Ashutosh will handle the hatke (unique) concept of history-a story that is real, controversial and not a huge box office magnet! I read the reviews on net on Friday. The Times of India review (2.5 stars!!)by Nikhat Kazmi was too critical and made me sure indeed watching it over saturday night is going to be a bad idea. The IBN Live review by Rajeev Masand was glorific (read 4.5 stars). I was as confused as a kid at the ice cream parlour.
Well I made up my mind to see the movie on my own and then decide. The movie started with beautiful warfare scene. It was small in length but surely dropped off the hint of the spectacular 213 minutes all of us (some Kiwis included) were about to witness. The look of the movie was just right, the background score-perfect. I simply loved the charater sketches etched out by Ashutosh. The scenes between Hrithik and Aish were simple and stand true even in this century. The arranged marriage done for two kings’ alliance-the insecurity, the religion differences, the rites & customs, the fears of yound bride on first night-they all stand testimony to the fact that no controversy was required whatsoever because even if its fiction-its an imagination far better than some glitzy romance a la Yash Chopra.
The scene where Hrithik does the sword fighting with beads of sweat slipping down his bare torso to impress his wife impress the audience too. And again the scene which impressed is wherein the newly married Akbar is being asked by his courtiers not to allow the hindu Jodhaa to have a temple. The moment wherein all the discussion is going on- one hears Bhajan (hymn) being sung i nthe background. The moment is brilliant as per direction point of view. Then again the scene where Jodhaa Akbar do sword fighting-it simply captures your heart and the little comic dialogues by Hrithik make you smile( yeah does remind of the fact you don’t need an enemy if you’re married!).
Although I do feel few scenes could have been well edited- like the mad elephant taming scene. They just added length to the movie and were little boring.
The music blends with the movie very smoothly. The Khwaja mere khwaja song is mesmerizing. You get soaked into it just like Akbar. The Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah song is beautifully directed and the dancers have done a job very well done. No wonder these two songs now rank in the most played list in the iPOD.
Aishwary looks every bit of royal princess. But I do feel she is not given many dialogues especially any strong ones. The jewellery, costumes, cinematography, war scenes- everything was good. And thing thats the winner is the subtle chemistry between Aish and Hrithik.
But offocurse if you go on ahead and compare it with Troy- you’ll be disheartened (Are you listening you negative critics like Nikhat Kazmi). Few people just can’t get out of their Interntional league and accept that even one step is tremendous in a positive direction. I tell this thing to people who criticize Roshans for giving us our first superhero- Krrish. I personally am not a fan of this movie but still proud of it in my own way (when people criticize Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag- I am more than pleased).
Alright I hear you- the movie is lengthy but then is it so bad to be written away. Its not. I know there are so many of you out there who have predecided in their mind not to watch it because someone told them its long or they read some partial review.
So I ‘d like to request go and watch it with open mind and I am sure you’ll like it. I am proud of it-proud of the team.
I hope we keep churning out more flicks like these unlike factory churn outs like- Yash Chopra (you don’t know how angry I was after watching neal ‘n’ nikki).