Originally posted by shal1983Hi shyamala,
What an awsome post. Didn't get the time to see Yday's episode but just managed To read your take on it and your splendid analysis.
On your points 1,2,3 I agree completely. In fact I see it as something of a certainty that jalal and jodha should both behave in such a way. They certainly would, till they find the courage to face their own feelings. You see none has ever challenged them or changed them so effectively and in such a cataclysmic way. For jalal, he may have the advantage of a witty companion in the form of ruqaiya but not a companion he desires to such an extent who is so openly oblivious to his charms. Which to his mind is actually an impossibility. After all he is the shehenshah but more than that he is a man above who consider. Himself better than the rest. It goes beyond the Fact that he is the shehenshah. It is a yardstick he measures all makes against. He just happens to be the superior of them all.. Who then is this new maharani who is immune to it all?? How dare she?? On the surface of it, it's his ego playing. But if you look deep enough, you just see a childlike want and need to be as desired by jodha as he does her. It's as simple as that. Everything he does provokes her to acknowledge him in some way. You want to hate me - fine. But dare you be indifferent to me. That I will not allow. And my ego allows me only to be cruel to you to do so, then so be it!
Jodha on the other hand seems to have her emotions completely helter skelter. She veers so quickly between anger and fear, so deeply between admiration and rejection that she resembles more like a horse with its head chopped of. She doesn't know what to do. For the first time in her life the proud princess is lost. Here is a person who affects her so deeply and yet she cannot fathom as to exactly what he makes her feel. She hates him, true. But the depth of her hatred stems rather from the fact that she doesnt understand, than any true malice. It's actually a delight to watch her inner struggle between a warrior princess and a dutiful wife. To incur his wrath would be foolish for her, to insult him would be against her duty as his wife, but to allow him the liberties he takes, would be against the pride of her being. That she cannot allow. What then must she do??
You caught me. I happen to be a Scarlett fan. Completely and totally bewitched by her. I donot think there was ever a role written with as much contradictory Emotions as Scarlett o hara. You are left confused as to whether you admire her or detest her. And although superficial, selfish and negative you find that you are captured by her much more than the somewhat s straightforward but the drab Melanie.
Coming to the political angle of it all, I get your point but I stand by what I said. In that jalal gained much more by marrying jodha than he ever could have, had he conquered Amer by force. It might have been a very small place, otherwise obtuse in the shine of the mewar palace e, but had he taken it by force, he would have unified the rajput nations against him. Even now, the mansubedari that he placed on the head of bharmal was a very well thought out plan. India then was not just divided by the Royal clans but was divided by strong cultural and religious backgrounds. Winning against Hindus or mughals wasn't just winning, but it was proving your religious superiority. A mughal, which they would consider of a different mazhab was more dangerous than a Raja of the same mazhab. Being conquered by him would be a bigger offense and an affront than paying allegience to someone of the same cultural backgrounds. And akbar knew that very well. That's why he started this. Putting one king against the other was similar to the divide and rule employed by the British
What akbar has effectively done is made bharmal his servant. Even if bharmal doesn't agreewith what akbar says, he will have to follow him because his daughter jodha is matried to him. Although an out and out victory would have led to the same consequence, atleast he would've had the ability to show his true Feelings. Here he would have to as they say swallow this bitter pill and ifs left with no outlet, no chance to complain. Plus the other kings might feel a touch of sympathy towards bharmal, while now he attains the position of the most haTed Raja in the rajputani. Effectively, akbar has alleniated him from everything familiar and everything friendly isolating him from all but himself.
My battery is down so well cut of here. But will edit shortly.