have become the in-thing and they seem to be working just
like their cousins - mythological series - are. We are referring
to historical shows on television. Following closely on the
heels of Sony Entertainment's Maharana Pratap which
was launched on 27 May 2013, is Zee TV which is set to premiere
the old time romantic tale of Jodhaa Akbar on 18 June
at 8.00 pm. The story was interpreted on the big screen under
the crafty hands of helmer Ashutosh Gowariker, and most lovers
of cinema are familiar with that.
Tokas as Akbar and Paridhi Sharma as Jodha
strike a pose
TV czarina Ekta Kapoor says that "the beauty of Indian
history remains open to perception and interpretation."
And it was this that encouraged her to take up the challenge
of producing the show under the banner of Balaji Telefilms.
The magnum opus historical will capture the intriguing journey
of love that, in fact, began with intense hatred.
Jodhas love softened the hard edges of Akbars
personality and made him a kinder, more compassionate soul
forms the crux of Zee TVs Jodha Akbar which is
set to replace Rab Se Sona Ishq.
Telefilms has churned out shows in all genres such as drama,
romance, thriller, horror and even kitchen politics. Jodha
Akbar marks Kapoor's maiden encounter with history (if
you exclude the disaster that was Mahabharat on NDTV
Imagine) and she says she is ready to take any sort of criticism
that comes her way."It's a huge risk I am taking,"
says Kapoor. "But I love taking on challenges. Balaji
is the premier TV production house in the country and this
will be shown through Jodha Akbar."
Verma who has previously directed a thriller drama show titled
Kaahin Kissii Roz on Star Plus and has also helmed
the movie Krishna Cottage (2004) to his credit will
be occupying the directors chair for Jodha Akbar.
Verma: "Viewers will get to see a very strong love story
for the first time in a historical show. A similar period
drama Jhansi Ki Rani on Zee was a huge success and we expect
a similar response for Jodha Akbar as it has a very
innovative storyline that will touch the hearts of many."
brains behind the creative's - Sujata Rao
Rajesh Joshi is penning the epic series, following eight months
of research, courtesy Bodhisattva, who is the man behind scores
of historicals and mythologicals. Prakash Kapadia, who has
written for films like Devdas (2002), Black (2005)
and Saawariya (2007), is writing the dialogues.
Rao, a master of her art, and of known for her work for Jhansi
Ki Rani and Veer Shivaj has been hired to creatively
direct Jodha Akbar.
Rao: "We are going to be a lot more different and innovative
when it comes to creativity of the show. We are penetrating
equally into the characters, scenes and inter-personal relationships
be in terms of father who is a king and his daughter. How
they behave behind the doors, how the father talks to his daughter
not being a king, these things are not going to be typical.
We have gone into the depth of the history. am sure the show
is going to be unique in its own way. With the help of Bodhisattva,
we have managed to make a good historical set for Jodha Akbar."
Kapoor talks about her comeback on Zee with Jodha Akbar
Kapoor: "Zee is my lucky mascot. I started my career
with Hum Paanch on Zee. I followed with Kasamh
Se a huge success. The
story of Jodha and Akbar is an intriguing chapter from Indias
history. It speaks of love in the time of hate. It is relevant
and relatable to present times as well. In India, history
books are more incident-based. But we are looking at human
stories, characterisations that focus on inter-personal relationships,
politics, how they think and communicate.
11 episodes have been filmed in scenic locations of Jaipur
at Sawai Madhopur's Nahargarh Haveli (the schedules ran for
almost a week) followed by another stint at Kolhapur and finally
at the grand ND Studios in, Karjat.
investments have been put into the sets, with lots of detailing
to rightly depict Akbars grand 'Diwaan-e-khaas', 'Diwaan-e-aam
palace's and 'Jodha Mahal'.
further reveals that history gives a roadmap, incidents, experiences,
various dates, and a broad structure of what happened in the
past. To add on further, Ekta says, the creative team has
been her strength for it is they who are adding colors to
the characters and relationships.
The cast of Jodha Akbar is all set to
Chauhan fame Rajat Tokas will be playing Akbar, while
Ruk Jaana Nahin second lead fame Paridhi Sharma being
his Jodha. Ekta travelled across the country and attended
every audition personally to hand-pick the right actors for
the roles of Jodha and Akbar.
the young and handsome Tokas, Ekta has found the ideal blend
of boyish innocence and rugged manliness required for Akabr,
says she. She adds: "He is quite mature as an actor.
He is an expert in martial arts and horse riding, so he was
the perfect choice for her."
went through as many as 7,000 auditions during the course of
a nationwide hunt before she gave her final nod to the beautiful
Paridhi. Other in the ensemble o the show include prominent
actors such as Ashwini Kalsekar playing Mahamanga, a pivotal
mother figure in Akbars life who saved him from the
clutches of death on many an occasion. Chetan Hansraj has
been chosen to portray Adham Khan, the mighty son of Mahamanga
who has an eye on the Mughal throne.
Head Content - Ajay Bhalwankar
head content Ajay Bhalwankar states: Our experience
with Jhansi ki Rani gives us the conviction that
viewers in India are curious to know more about prominent
historical figures. It was a story that was received extremely
well because it was told interestingly. The key objective
is to highlight to our audiences the power of love and its
significant role in making someone a better human being. And
on top of that we have a wonderful team consisting between
800 1000 who have been working thick and thin for the
show. So it will work very well with the audiences at large.
further reveals to indiantelevision.com that the show is going
to be the most expensive ever produced for Indian television
right from the sets at different locations, costumes, jewellery,
weapons and so on.
TV is leaving no stone unturned in terms of marketing and
digital activities. The channel plans to create a virtual
historical monument on Facebook giving online users a chance
to immortalise their love by inscribing their and their lovers
names on the monument.
Zee intends to create Pinterest boards, familiarising viewers
with the architecture, monuments, artefacts, clothes and jewellery
from the Mughal era. To top it all, it will also organise
edutainment excursions for school children where they will
watch the shoot of the show and be taken on a guided tour
of the Jodha Akbar sets that resemble Jodha and Akbar palaces,
showcasing replicas of the same.
channel has tied up with the local Delhi authorities and plans
to make the toll booth on the DND Flyover toll-free on 18
June in remembrance of the fact that Emperor Akbar had waived
off a pilgrimage tax for all countrymen in his time. Plans
are to have stalls serving sherbet outside prominent dargahs
in Uttar Pradesh as a goodwill gesture on the launch day.
Akbar is going to come up against other long-running fiction
series like Balika Vadhu on Colors (2.8 TVR) and newers ones
such as Anamika on Sony (0.8 TVR) and the upcoming show Meri
Bhabhi slated to debut on 17 June on Star Plus.