Indian films have always been known for drama, comedy and romance but has never been recognized in the historical war-drama genre. Jodha Akbar changed the perception of watching film when it was launched in 2008. As the film completes 12 years today, let us see how it fared at the box office in our special report.
From the director of cult films like Lagaan and Swades, Ashutosh Gowarikar pulls off the historical biopic, Jodhaa Akbar, with a sincere effort. Jodhaa Akbar tells the story Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, played by Hrithik Roshan, and the Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai who becomes his wife, played by Aishwarya Rai.
Following the line of K.Asif’s classic Mughal-E-Azam, writer Haider Ali collaborated with Ashutosh Gowarikar to make a prequel with Jodha Akbar, telling the events which impacted the life of Akbar from the age of 13 to 28. The music was composed by the legendary A.R.Rahman who enriched us with beautiful songs like “Jashn-E-Bahara”, “Khwaja” and “Azeem-O-Shahanshah”, which are memorable supported by excellent lyrics written by Javed Akhar. The experience of watching Jodha Akbar was its grand art direction by Nitin Chnadrakant Desai and amazing sequences choreographed by Ravi Dewan while the CGI was provided by Tata Elxsi. Coming off from the huge success of Dhoom 2, Hrithik Roshan transformed himself into the character of Akbar. His dialogues (in Urdu) delivery, body-language of a king and the action stunts were praised by critics and welcomed by the audience. Aishwarya Rai wowed everyone with her portrayal of queen Jodha. She looked gorgeous and delivered a knock-out performance.
According to the Boxofficeindia.com, Jodha Akbar was released on 15th February, 2008 at 1000 screens to Rs 3.81 crores. The film collected Rs 13.32 crores in its first weekend and went onto collect Rs 21.83 crores in its first week. Jodha Akbar ended its theatrical run with Rs 56.04 crores against a budget of Rs 40 crores and was declared “Hit” at the box office.