Director: Ashutosh Gowariker Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Run time: 213 mins | Recommended Certificate: U Language: Hindi and Urdu with English Subtitles | Year: 2008 | Country: India
A rare chance to see this 16th Century epic love story as it was intended: on the big screen. Co-written and directed by Gowariker, it tells of a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Hindu Rajput princess, Jodhaa, who in this film at least is handy with a sword. The film is visually magnificent, a bejewelled extravaganza that features smouldering performances from Aishwaraya Rai and Hrithik Roshan and breathtaking horizon filling battle sequences.
Ashutosh Gowariker began his career as an actor with a cameo in Ketan Mehta’s Holi (1984), followed by Naam (1986), Gawahi (1989), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). His made his directorial debut with the mystery thriller Pehla Nasha (1993) and followed it up with the crime thriller Baazi (1995). His next film was the epic period drama Lagaan (2001), starring Aamir Khan. Lagaan was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film and earned worldwide acclaim, including winning the audience award at Locarno International Film Festival. His next film, Swades (2004), was a critical success, and featured Shah Rukh Khan’s career best performance. Gowariker returned to epic mode the sweeping historical romance Jodhaa Akbar (2008), starring hearththrobs Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. What’s Your Raashee? (2009), was his first romantic comedy and in 2010 he turned his sights on the Indian freedom movement with Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. In 2016, Gowariker returned to acting with Ventilator, produced by global entertainment icon Priyanka Chopra.