The Oscar nominated director , Ashutosh G (for best Foreign language Movie Lagaan ) casts Hrithik Roshan (one of India’s most beautiful actors) and ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bacchan in this love story of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great.
First things first – the movie is as historically true as you can expect entertainment movies to be. So much for history.Hrithik and Aishwarya and the other actors more than compensate for the historical in accuracies . Akbar didn’t win all battles by negotiation, but as a descendant of Mongals did use massacres selectively for shock, awe and deft political manouevering.
But the songs are good , the people are lovely and the movie sets sparkle with mughal grandeur . Lots of Bollywood masala, and some inspiration from Troy ,the Hollywood movie. Which is sad actually. Why borrow the climax from the famous Eric Bana /Hector and Brad pitt/achilles contest.
Hrithik and Aishwarya might as well act in a Hollywood movie rather than copy one. their chemistry makes the movie tick, and you might get to see one of the slowest sensual love songs created in the new generation Bollywood.
Watch Jodha Akbar……..good time pass and well worth your ticket money…… but forget the history of both Akbar and Troy and go with lowered expectations…and you will have a reasonably good time.