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Jodhaa Akbar

With my bronchial tubes getting a slight respite, I pushed myself to go & watch the 230 minute long silver screen historic saga – Jodhaa Akbar, on Friday.

I will refrain from writing a review..as it is hard for me to analyze such a long movie after one viewing. But I can share some general observations…
  • If Ashu had his way to make the movie with every single scene he had originally penned, the movie would have ended up being a 5 hour long movie 
  • There were several beautiful scenes but somehow how I didn’t feel the connectivity…They all worked well on their own but when strung together, they lacked the flow. This could be because of deletion of some scenes and lines..to reduce the overall length of the movie
  • Khwaja Mere Khwaja – Very simply and elegantly picturized – But I failed to get the context of Akbar’s divine enlightenment. And like Amitabh always does when he really intends on promoting a movie of his kith and kin, he came up with a comment praising Hrithik’s trance dance  – “Not since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001-Space Odyssey, such an apocalyptic moment has been witnessed in movies..”..I tried to pay special attention to the trance dance scene – Should say, it was good – pretty good – but nothing apocalyptic – certainly not in the class of the point of reference here..
  • Background music – “Extraordinary” to say the least.  But there were a couple of instances, I felt it was a little too loud. Those were just a couple of instances. I have to watch the movie again (and buy the DVD) to catch all the OST scores – there were several pieces that uplifted the scenes..
  • Characterization – Ashu’s homework shows in every character…
  • Acting – Nothing over the top – but there were a few stereotypical characters that you are used to seeing in all “Indi-Ishhtaary” movies..
On the whole, just for the sheer grandeur and production values, I will give this movie another Dekko. I certainly will buy the DVD as there is a lot to learn from this as far as movie making goes and as far as music production goes..