Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Director Ashutosh Gowariker's much-awaited epic drama 'Jodhaa Akbar' opened to a lukewarm response at the box office here Friday.
Despite the media hype and large-scale promos, the initial box-office collections in Mumbai stood between 75 percent and 80 percent - not a handsome percentage for a film made on a whopping Rs.400 million budget and starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.
Set in the 16th century, the epic love story explores a marriage alliance between two cultures and religions for political gain. Gowariker has tried to portray this political alliance as a romantic tale.
Younger audiences reacted unfavourably to the movie, primarily because it was a historical and many felt Akbar's role did not suit Hrithik.
Vinita, a college student, said she couldn't reconcile to Hrithik playing Emperor Akbar, at least at this stage of his career.
The usually bankable A.R. Rehman's music also proved to be a letdown as none of the songs will stay with the audience, unlike some of his memorable tunes in 'Bombay' or 'Lagaan', said trade analyst Amod Mehra.
The fact that 'Jodhaa Akbar' has not been released at many city multiplexes, except the PVR chain, could be another reason for its discouraging box office performance.
The film has already run into trouble with the Rajput community of Rajasthan, which felt Gowariker has distorted facts. Rajput organisations said Gowariker has presented Jodhabai as Akbar's wife, which is they claimed was factually incorrect.
According to them, Jodhabai was not the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amber as shown in the film. The princess was the daughter of Motaraja Udai Singh of Marwar and she was married to Akbar's son Salim alias Jehangir. And Mughal king Shahjahan was her son, they say.
However, Maharani Padmini">Padmini, the direct descendant of Jodha Bai, not only attended the music release function of the film held here, also showered praises on Gowariker for keeping historical facts intact and doing justice in portraying the relationship between Akbar and Jodha Bai.
Gowariker is also said to have consulted several eminent historians for the film.
If the first day's collections are any indication, the movie will find it difficult to set the cash registers ringing in the coming days. Mehra also felt that barring grandeur, the film has very little to offer to the audiences by way of entertainment.
Some also complained that the movie was a bit long - 200 minutes - especially for youngsters and for what is essentially history retold.
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Absolutly disagree with those people who said Hirthik didn't suit the role!! I actually can't imagine anyone else playing this role of Akbar other than Hrithik. He did an excellent job!!! The movie was just fantastic. And btw in the movie Jodha was born in Amer not Amber..just a small typo ther ;)
My Review of Jodhaa Akbar
An A+ Movie, not to be missed
There are good movies. And then there are great movies.But very few are truly epics. I can very confidently say that Jodhaa Akbar is going to be an epic.
Do not be daunted by the 195 minutes runtime of the movie. At no point in the movie will you be aware of the time. The performances put in by Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai,along with the ethereal music provided by A.R.Rahman and the stunning costumes by Neeta Lulla are going to blow your breath away.
No Indian cinema has ever evoked such a strong mixture of emotions in the audience as this one. Each and every frame of the movie is a treat to the eyes. There is richness and grandeur in every aspect of the film.
'Jashn-e-bahara' and 'Khwaja mere Khwaja' are superbly shot and executed songs. And then 'Azeem oh Shan Shahenshah' is one song that will remain etched in your memory long after you leave the theater.
The scenes where the Emperor Akbar tames the wild elephant and the sword fight between the royal couple are truly memorable. The battle sequences are captured very well.
The initial mistrust between Akbar and Jodha bai and the subsequent budding romance are handled brilliantly.
Hrithik is superb as the Emperor Akbar and I doubt if any actor of his generation could have handled this role as well. And Aishwarya Rai as usual looks stunningly beautiful.
All in all, a tremendous movie and I am going to strongly recommend this to all my friends.
Thank you Ashutosh for Jodhaa Akbar.
It was awesome.. and every one must go and see it.. Hrithik has the persona to carry off any role and ppl should not write off the movie without even seeing it once! The running time of 200 minutes also seems justified once you are into the movie!!! Loved it!!!
i was the movie ... i'm a big fan of Hrithik and diffenetly Ashutosh i loved his laagan and swadesh... but this movie is Rubbish... so long and all importance given to wat the sets were or wat jewellery ash was wearing.
Pls dnt waste money ... dnt go fr the movie
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