Don't know how many of you know this...but Ruqaiyya was indeed Akbar's most beloved wife. In fact, he loved and respected her so much, that in the Akbar-nama (Akbar's autobiography) he regrets marrying mutliple times and notes that had he been wiser at the time, he would have not married anyone after Ruqaiyya. Her name is mentioned several times, not only in his autobiography, but also in Jahangir's memoirs. Akbar refers to her as 'Badshah Begum'...the King's most beloved wife. She was extremely respected and powerful in Akbar's courts and had been said to influnence many of Akbar's political and personal decisions.
Actually, by showing Ruqaiyya and Akbar's romance or whaterver, Ekta is probably trying to inject some sort of authenticity into the show. Because nowhere in Mughal History, is there a mention of Akbar's Hindu wife, certainly no one by the name of Jodha Bai (I think this is the fault of Mughal-e-azam film...they are the one's who started this historically incorrect connection between Akbar and Jodha!
) Its only Ruqaiyya and another one called, Mariam-uz-Zamani (who was actually a Rajput princess married to Akbar and converted to Islam) who are mentioned.
Though I agree, that if the creatives have set out to show a fictional romance between the Mughal King and the Rajput princess, it makes sense to show their relationship more than anything else! Besides, Paridhi is really pretty...one wishes to see her on-screen more! Her chemistry with Rajat is also much better than the one between him and Smiley!
I think the creatives are downplaying the romance / relationship between Akbar and Jodha now...because they want to keep most of it for post-marriage stuff!
Edited by poppy2009 - 10 July 2013 at 6:37pm