Jodhaa Akbar – Review

Pehla Nasha, Baazi, the Oscar nominated Lagaan, Swades and now Jodhaa Akbar. Ashutosh Gowariker has bet his career and money on movies that he believes in. Okay, ignore the first two movies as a learning curve, but starting from Lagaan, you just wonder at the passion and intensity that goes into his movies.


Now for the question that everyone wants to know. Is Jodhaa Akbar (JA), India’s answer to Troy or Braveheart? Naah. Let’s be realistic. You cant make such movies for $10 million. The budget of JA wouldn’t even cover the remuneration that Brad Pitt takes for one movie.

See the movie in isolation, and its nothing but, a brilliant piece of art. The detailing that has gone into the movie, the costumes, sets, the magnificence of the palaces, the jewellery that the protagonists wear. Everything is top class. Akbar speaks chaste urdu (thank God for the english subtitles) and Jodhaa speaks hindi. The music by AR Rahman is brilliant. Especially Khwaja Mere, Jashn e bahara and Azeem O Shaan Sehehanshah (magnificent choreography).


Hrithik Roshan is brilliant as Akbar. Aishwarya is good. At least doesn’t giggle silly like she does in other movies. The support cast is as usual good like in all Ashutosh’s movies. Special mention about the cinematography of the movie by Kiran Deohans. Its of international standards.

My rating **** (4/5). Must Watch.

Above pictures courtesy: SantaBanta



  1. whenky says:


    nice review………..

  2. But I heard that it is a very long movie. It gets a bit boring after sometime.

  3. lazybug says:

    I hope to watch it. Just like I hope to watch Taare Zameen Par…

  4. Liju Philip says:

    The movie is 3 hours and 20 minutes. Not counting the interval. Ya, pretty long, but i didnt feel bored. Or maybe i have been watching a lot of slow movies lately 😉

    I haven’t watched Taare too. My friend passed me the CD more than 2 weeks ago and am yet to watch it.

  5. So, in short, we get more of the same. A love story. I wonder when we will get a full-fledged war movie.

    And yes, A.R. Rahman rocks! Great music!

  6. Liju Philip says:

    We Indians cant live without music/songs, so expecting a movie without songs is once in a while experience.

    Even war flicks like Haqeeqat, LOC and Border had some beautiful melodies in them.

    Ya, a full fledged war movie would be something worth watching.

  7. Music is good. Visuals are good. And for a change, Ash didn’t look silly, fake beautiful dame. Yet I was bored to death in the movie. I passed my time at theatre with difficulty.

    For me, story was not at all believable. Not because of historical facts. I do not give a damn about it. But here was a love story about a Mughal Emperor who had a big harem and went on to marry more Rajput princes. And as for wooing and love, it is just that setting is different for a boy-meets-girl story.

  8. Liju Philip says:

    The only trouble i had at the movie was a mother and daughter sitting beside me and their uncontrollable bladder. They kept drinking coke/pepsi and kept making a beeline to the toilet. Every trip to the toilet by the mother ended up in my toes getting crushed.

    Not to mention the chewing of the popcorn by the duo. Sounded like Dolby stereo.

  9. Kuky Vijayan says:

    The movie though long was never boring. Don’t go with the expectation of watching a Love-Story. Rather it is a concise historical lesson.
    Hrithik Roshan emotes well in the movie. Aishwarya Rai is boring in this role. She does not really have much to do, and her acting was very weak in scenes that required powerful emotional responses.

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