Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 32 mins

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'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 (Hrithik Roshan). After having secured the Hindu Kush, his empire extends from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, to the Narmada River. Through a shrewd blend of diplomacy, intimidation and brute force, Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs. This allegiance was not universal. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa (Aishwarya Rai), 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 daughter of King Bharmal of Amer, Jodhaa resented being reduced to a mere political pawn in this marriage of alliance, and Akbar's biggest challenge now lies in winning the love of Jodhaa – a love hidden deep below resentment and extreme prejudice.

Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan

Crew: Ashutosh Gowariker (Director), Kiran Deohans (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Release Dates: 15 Feb 2008 (India)

Hindi Name: जोधा अकबर

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as Jodhaa Bai
as Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar
as Bakshi Banu
as Rajkumar Rattan Singh
as Singer
as Narrator
Supporting Actress
as Rajkumar Bhagwan Das
as Salima
as Maham Anga
as Birbal
as Raja Bhadra
as Raja Veer Bharmal
as Sharifuddin Hussain
as Mallika Hamida Banu
as Sheikh Mubarak
as Chandrabhan Singh
as Todar Mal
as Chughtai Khan
as Shamsuddin Atka Khan
as Young Jodhaa
as Mullah Do Pyaaza
as Shaji Chaudhary
as Sujamal
as Rani Padmavati
as Rana Uday Singh
as Ni'mat
as Saadir Adaasi
as Bairam Khan


First Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Associate Cameraman
Key Grip
Crane Operator


Sound Designer
Assistant Sound Re-recording Mixer
Audio Assistant




Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Assistant


Supervising Editor
Assistant Editor

Marketing and Public Relations

Public Relations Officer


Stunt Coordinator


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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Archival Source:
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Jodhaa Akbar (English)
Dubbed into: Jodhaa Akbar (Tamil)
Referenced in: 2 States (Hindi)
Filming Locations:
Many of the candles shown in the movie are paraffin (Wax) candles. Such candles were made first in 1830.

Potatoes are native to the Americas. The scene in which the vegetables are kept ready for Jodha's cooking shows potatoes. The film is set in second half of 16th century when potatoes had just reached Europe and potatoes were introduced in India much later.

When Jodha comes to Agra for the first time after her marriage, a Rajput maid carries the pot of rice that is toppled by Jodha, a common custom. A closer look when the maid carries it reveals that there is a stainless steel bottom for the pot.

Character Error
In the scene where Jalal goes to Amer for the first time to take back Jodha, one of the subordinates of Jodha named Madhavi, while watching him through window, comments that "Mujhe to ab bhi vishwas nahi ho raha", meaning "I still can't believe this". This is clearly being spoken in Gujrati accent. It seems unlikely that a small kingdom of Amer (In present day Rajasthan) would have hired domestic help from Gujarat.

Factual Mistake
No member of the Mughal royal family named Jodha Bai is mentioned in the official biographies of Akbar and his son Jehangir. Akbar's official biography, Akbarnama, does not mention that Akbar had any Hindu Rajput wife named 'Jodha Bai'. However, the biography of Akbar's son and future emperor, Jehangir, mentions that his mother was a Hindu Rajput princess who adopted the name 'Mariam Zamani' after marrying Akbar.

Factual Mistake
Young Akbar refuses to behead Raja Hemu. However, in 'TArIkh-i-Akbari' of Muhammad Arif Qandhari, (translated into English by Tanseem Ahmad, Delhi, 1993, p. 74), it is written clearly that "...The king struck Hemu with his sword and he won the title of Ghazi...".

Factual Mistake
In the war scenes, when the cannons fire, they have absolutely no recoil.
Director Ashutosh Gowariker banned the use of mobile phones for his entire cast and crew on the sets, owing to the fact that the film was filmed in sync sound.

Hrithik Roshan's horse was familiar with words like 'action' and so when she heard action, she would take off, even if the scene required her to be stationary. The crew would use other words to avoid this from happening.

The film used over 80 elephants, 100 horses, and 55 camels.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore brown contact lenses for her role in the film.

Hrithik Roshan developed a close bond with his elephant during the making of the film.