Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
It takes a hell of a long while to hook into Jodhaa Akbar. The prolonged narration by Big B about how Jalaluddin (Hrithik) established his reign in the country—the wars, the strategies, alliances and peace treaties—all remain fairly remote. Then comes a scene where Jalal talks about respecting prisoners of war and not treating them like slaves and keeping religious differences aside to build a unified nation and things begin to fall in place.
You could dismiss it for distorting history but it’s only when the past is placed in a modern frame that Jodhaa Akbar really works. Instead of offering history neat, it takes ample liberties and it’s the resultant cocktail that’s heady. Like Akbar being referred to as gair mulki or the Outsider, which could well be today’s politicians taking on Sonia Gandhi’s Italian roots. The...