Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Poonam Sinha ...
Mallika Hamida Banu (as Mrs. Punam S. Sinha)
Suhasini Mulay ...
Rani Padmavati
Ila Arun ...
Raza Murad ...
Shamsuddin Atka Khan
Raja Veer Bharmal
Surendra Pal ...
Rana Uday Singh
Rajesh Vivek ...
Chughtai Khan
Pramod Moutho ...
Todar Mal (as Pramod Muthu)
Vishwa S. Badola ...
Saadir Adaasi (as Vishwa Badola)
Manava Naik ...
Disha Vakani ...
Dilnaz Irani ...


Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal Emperor, Akbar and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa. Politically, success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar, After having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Himalayas to the Godhavari River. Through a shrewd blend of tolerance, generosity and force, Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs, the most belligerent Hindus. 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 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 did not merely lie in winning battles, but in winning the love of Jodhaa - a ... Written by hEmRaJ (

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Release Date:

15 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jodhaa Akbar - Die Macht der Liebe  »

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Box Office


INR 400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£365,785 (UK) (15 February 2008)


$3,440,718 (USA) (11 April 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Ashutosh Gowariker hired a research team of historians and scholars from Delhi, Lucknow, Agra and Jaipur to guide him on the film. See more »


In the scene where Maham Anga raises the issue of food-testing by the chef, she says to Akbar and the royal courts men... "Khud Jahaanpanah is baat par inkaar-e-harf nahin utha sakte," meaning "The emperor himself doesn't have the privilege/authority to raise objections on this issue." The actual phrase is "Harf-e-Inkaar." Harf meaning letter/word/point and Inkaar meaning "denial/objection." The "E" in such phrases is the Persian/Urdu style of addressing possessive forms of words. The order of the words was erroneously reversed, which changed the meaning of the sentence! Harf-e-Inkaar = Word of objection, Inkaar-e-Harf (wrong!) = Objection of word... (doesn't exist). See more »


Todar Mal: [DVD English subtitles by Nasreen Munni Kabir]
[Akbar and Jodhaa, in private argument]
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar: I don't understand?
Jodhaa Bai: No, you don't! You know how to wage war and conquer. But do not know how to rule.
Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar: [confused] What did you say?
Jodhaa Bai: That you have only conquered me, but not won my heart yet... you should have at least tried to know what really happened. But the truth is that you are far removed from reality. You do not know how to win hearts. To do that, you need to look into their minds, discover their little ...
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Crazy Credits

Some titles in the end credits have images from the movie which represent the certain department:

1)For choreography a screenshot from the song "Azeem-o-shan Shehensha", which shows the dancers.

2)For dialogues, screenshot of Jodhaa's letter to Sujamal.

3)For music, screenshot from the song "Azeem-o-shan Shehensha", which shows the drummers.

4)For production design, the fortress.

5)For costumes, screenshot from the song "Azeem-o-shan Shehensha", which shows Jodha and Akbar standing together.

6)For stunts, a battle screenshot.

7)For editing, screenshot of Jodha and Akbar's swordfight, with theirs swords overlapping and forming a scissor shape.

8)For religious consultants, screenshot of Akbar's meeting with the scholars.

9)For jewelry, screenshot of Jodha with Nelakshi in the back, right after the wedding night. See more »


Referenced in Gang of Ghosts (2014) See more »


Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Javed Ali
Courtesy of UTV Music
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An Amazing Film...truly OUTSTANDING!
18 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I can't digest that people would protest this amazing film. People need to respect that there are alternate versions of history, and the director states that in the credits from the beginning. If people had some sense, they would respect the integrity of a person committed to bringing history to film with utmost dignity and respect. Those people clashing an protesting the film are idiotic!

The 3 hours flew by because the story was captivating. The actors were amazing, especially Ila Arun...Sonu is also a revelation. Aishwarya was just right! A talent that needs to be recognized, Ash showed how amazing an actor she really is. Hrithik was equally amazing as Aishwarya. I don't understand why there is such sexism in Hindi cinema, the males always get their critiques or praises first and then the females. Well Aishwarya is first here! The music was simply well suited and appropriate. I want A R Rehman to continue being brilliant! That's an order! The director has proved himself yet again that he is simply the best there is in the world of cinema...HE makes South Asians Proud!

I would recommend this film to anyone.

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