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Light filters through the carved windows and two shadows emerge from the tombs.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Mumbai |
June 21, 2013 12:57:24 pm

IN the opening shots of Zee tV’s new period drama,Jodha Akbar from the house of Balaji telefilms,the camera zooms in on Agra,reels past the tourists,and takes the viewers to the tomb of Akbar and Jodha.

Light filters through the carved windows and two shadows emerge from the tombs.

they are the eternal lovers and soulmates,Jodha and Akbar,speaking to each other about how their love story still resonates after 400 years.

It’s an impressive start but this is where the experimentation ends and the dramarama begins.

the magnum opus of a serial,with Om Puri’s theatrical voiceover,goes on to showcase Akbar’s insatiable hunger for war,victory,and instilling fear.

the makers paint a cruel picture of the Mughal ruler.

It stands in stark contrast to Jodha’s simplicity,humility,courage,compassion and conviction.

She is a Rajput princess who rescues injured birds,reasons with her father,fights for honour and stands by her friends and family.

the show is yet to make a bang,and we found the special effects a bit too tacky.

the first two episodes are textbook presentations: bringing in the characters,one by one and introduce it to them at a steady pace.

the secrets will unravel as we move along.

So far,we’ve been treated to the shrewd Bairam Khan (played by Naved Aslam) as the brains behind Akbar’s wrath and tyranny,Jodha’s beloved brother Sujamal (played by Vicky Batra),Jodha’s father Raja Bharmal (Rajeev Saxena) and mother,Rani Menawati (Natasha Sinha) among others.

there’s a clichéd soothsayer in Shaguni Bai (Kalyani trivedi) who foretells Jodha’s future with Mughals.

Only two episodes old,the show has reportedly invited the displeasure of Rajputs in India who contest that there was no Jodhabai in Rajput history.

Whether it was a publicity stunt or news,ekta Kapoor aired it with her show,and even put the no resemblance disclaimer.

All said and done,the protests have garnered good media attention for the show.

For someone who was ruthless to the point of being barbaric,Rajat tokas’s fair and lovely skin and soft looks fail to give that hint of authority and royalty to Akbar’s persona.

Paridhi Sharma,as Jodha,unfortunately,looks too simple and slightly older than Akbar.

One cannot resist drawing comparisons especially when one’s been treated to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s,Jodhaa Akbar.

In the meantime,we are waiting for more characters — Ashwini Kalsekar as Mahamanga,a pivotal mother figure in Akbar’s life who saved him from the clutches of death across many battles,Chetan hansraj will play the role of Adham Khan,the mighty son of Mahamanga who has an eye on the Mughal throne and Smiley Suri as Ruqaiya Sultan Begum,the first wife of Akbar.

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