Jodha Akbar

Jodha Akbar is an Indian historical fiction drama aired on Zee TV. The series premiered on 18 June 2013. The show was produced by Ekta Kapoor under her brand name Balaji Telefilms. It starred Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma in lead roles. The show focuses on how a political marriage between a royal couple from two different religions brings love between them to the extent that it changes the fate of India and its people. It was one of the most expensive TV serials ever made with its dazzling array of period costumes, sets, and jewelry.[2][3]

Jodha Akbar
GenreHistorical fiction
Created byEkta Kapoor
Developed byEkta Kapoor
Written byStory and Screenplay
R M Joshi ,
Anil Nagpal
Binita Desai
Manish Paliwal
Kirtida Gautam
Neha Singh
Mayuri Roy Chaudhary
Sahil Dogra Dialogues
Dheeraj Sarna
Research, lyrics and consultant
Dr. Bodhisattva
Directed bySantram Varma
Ranjan Singh
Vicky Chauhan
Arshad Khan
Creative director(s)Shaalu
StarringRajat Tokas
Paridhi Sharma
Theme music composerLalit Sen
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes566 [1]
Producer(s)Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Production location(s)Jaipur
CinematographySantosh Suryavashi
Editor(s)Vikas Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 24 minutes
Production company(s)Balaji Telefilms
Original networkZee TV
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release18 June 2013 
7 August 2015
External links
Production website

Plot summary

Jodha Akbar is an epic drama about a sixteenth-century story of a political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. The show focuses on how their political marriage brings love between them to an extent that it changes the fate of India. This period drama also portrays the wars of that time along with the relations between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The drama focuses on the functioning of the queens, the courts, courtesans, the ministers and their influence on the love story of Akbar and Jodha. The show highlights how Mughal emperor Jalaluddin acquired the title of Akbar from the people and covers most of his reign from 1557–58 up to 1598, also showing the life of Akbar's children, a secondary love story of Prince Salim and Anarkali.


Historical inaccuracy

Many of the events portrayed in the series are fictitious. Certain Rajput groups claimed Jodhaa was married to Akbar's son, Jahangir, not Akbar, whereas certain reports state that Jodha and Akbar were not married. They also protested against the show along with Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, another historical series that aired on Sony TV.[5] The title of the series was criticised by members of the Rajput community as misleading, politically motivated historical revisionism that minimised Rajput history. The community protested against the series in Rajasthan, and alleged that if the name was not changed they would not let any Balaji Telefilms films to be released in the state.[5] Ekta Kapoor stated, "I always believe it's 20% history and 80% folklore."[6]


The producer of the show, Ekta Kapoor was influenced by the 2009 big screen movie, Jodhaa Akbar, directed by Bollywood's Ashutosh Gowariker.[7][8]

Rajat Tokas who had earlier worked with Ekta Kapoor in the soap opera, Tere Liye was selected to play the role of the protagonist Akbar[9][10]

Ekta Kapoor stated she conducted 7000 auditions for the female protagonist Jodha across the nation before selecting Paridhi Sharma.[11]

Ashwini Kalsekar was selected to play the role of Maham Anga, Akbar's primary caretaker and protector.[12]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Historical/Mythological Show Ekta Kapoor Won[13]
Best Actor in Negative Role Chetan Hansraj Won[13]
Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar
Best Art Direction Sandesh and Vishwanath
Best Costumes Nidhi Yasha
Best Actor (Drama) Rajat Tokas
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Dharavahik Ekta Kapoor Won[14]
Favorite Khalnayak (Male) Chetan Hansraj
Favorite Nayi Jodi Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma
Favorite Popular Face (Male) Rajat Tokas
Best Screenplay R M Joshi
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won[15]
BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor Rajat Tokas
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Historical Series Ekta Kapoor Won[16]
Best Director (Fiction) Santram Verma
Best Actor in Leading Role Rajat Tokas
7th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Ashwini Kalsekar Won[17]
Best Actor in Negative Role (Critics) Chetan Hansraj
Best Actress in Supporting Role (Critics) Lavina Tandon
Golden Debutante of the year(Female) Paridhi Sharma
Best Actor In a Lead Role (Critics) Rajat Tokas
Best Television Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Ashwini Kalsekar Won[18]
Best Fresh New Face (Female) Paridhi Sharma
Best Actor In a Lead Role Rajat Tokas
Best Ensemble Cast Ekta Kapoor
Best Historical Series Ekta Kapoor
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Dharavahik Ekta Kapoor Won[19]
Favorite Jodi Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma
Favorite Bal Kirdaar Ayaan Zubair Rahmani
Best Screenplay R M Joshi
2015 Star Guild Awards Best Ongoing Drama Series Ekta Kapoor Won[20]


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