Posted: 15 August 2013 at 2:32am | IP Logged
A new member to this forum, I am bewitched by this political saga and for once appreciate that Ekta is trying to give us something far removed from her comfort zone. I mean, the angst between the main leads before the love blossoms is so cliche. But what hooks me on, is the strong political undertones in a period where traditionality and following the well trodden path was equivalent to one's mazhab and novelty was something to be abhorred. Here, We have an emperor who for the first time in the mughal history thinks out of the box and tries to win wars with brains rather brawn. What he does is by no means noble, which is quite evident by the smooth way he bestows the honor if 5000 tks on bharmal. He, with one swift move not only solves the issues he faces in Rajasthan but at the same time extracts a far greater price from this king bharmal than he ever could have, had he just conquered his land by force. Really, his shrewed mind is something to be applauded even as we are left somewhat doubting the existence of his heart. He is smart and totally devilish which is what till now, attracts us the most to him.
And then we have his oh so on the surface of it, innocent wife. Never could he have imagined, when he actually married her, that conquering her and forcing her to bow down to him would provide to be so much of a challenge. But the again, had she been that easy, he never would have married her.
Our Jodha sees what he does and understands him much more clearly and probably better than mahamanga or ruqaiya ever could. I think that she admires and fearshis shrewed mind in equal parts even as the crassity and the brutality of it all, horrifies her. While her family is gaga over their new jamaisa and think it their honour and duty to do as told, she very rightly understands how smoothly her family and her amer has been manipulated by this empire. It will be her challenge and her life's work to change this person and force him to do right by her land and it is no easy task. That said, only she has that power to do so.
I understand your vexation in the cliched form this drama has taken when we were expecting so much more.. But I differ in your source of the said vexation. You see, while you blame Jodha and her reactions for the same, I would rather blame the Shehenshah. For how cool would it be if this shehenshah and his strong mind would quickly understand and accept jodhas word.. I cannot percieve Why jodha would lie when she knows he holds all the cards and he shouldnt either?? In fact, had he immedietely understood and launched a full on investigation as to the source of this mirchi business and scared the shit out of maham, i would be on tenterhooks of myseat and applauding his strong mind grinning ear to ear. It would change thedynamicsof their relationship too, causing jodha to see him as a clear minded individual and jalaal, rather than the jallad she percieves him to be. It vexed me that he didn't show any of the qualities he possesses while analysing this particular situation. In fact he fell a little in my estimation, while jodha rose.
I dont blame jodha for her response and her quick words "your threats dont scare me. In fact, quite the opposite. I am willing to die for my honour and i will not fall down to your level by justifying what you think i have done, because i am not at fault.'" A shrewder person would spot the truth of her words immedietely because he would understand that for Jodha honour is everything and she would rather spit in his face and admit to the chilli incident (had she truly been responsible for the same) than lie because she is not scraed of him. His response, "so you are not afraid of death, but you are afraid of hurting your family" actually justifies what Jodha said, because she would never put chilli in his food as that would efectively dishonour her family and to her, that would be worse than death.
How this drama unfolds and what jodha does to change him and his lifestyle is something I would love to see if executed properly. The battle between them would be a treat to watch. Will jodha be able to save Amer from the devilish clutches of this emporor and if so how will she do it?? Will the king be able to change his princess into his way of life.?? Who wins this battle of wits and will is yet to unfold. But as of today.., like you, I am sorely disappointed.
Edited by shal1983 - 15 August 2013 at 3:21am