‘Jodhaa Akbar’ released amid controversy

The controversial film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar was released worldwide on Friday but failed to hit the theatres in the land of Princess Jodhaa–Rajasthan– following protests by Rajput groups.

The groups under an umbrella organistion Rajput Karni Sena have taken to the streets for the past week in protest against what they called ‘distortion of historical facts’ in the movie based on Mughal Emperor Akbar.

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The film, which portrays the epic romance between Akbar and fiery Rajput Princess Jodhaa, was due to have been released in 30 cinema halls across the desert state including nine in the Pink City.

The film, starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, had its premiere at Mumbai in India on Thursday night.

The film’s director, producer and distributors had telephonic conversations with Karni Sena representatives lasting in all for four hours in spells Thursday to find a way out.

But patron Lokendra Kalvi told a news conference in Jaipur that the screening will not be allowed till Gowarikar tenders a public apology to Rajputs and revises the script removing the “distorted historical fact” regarding Jodhaabai.

Kalvi suggested that the film makers can hold a preview for a selected group of historians in Jaipur on Sunday.

‘If the historians permit I will withdraw my agitation for ever,’ he said.

According to Rajput groups, Jodhaa was the daughter of Udai Singh of Marwar and was married to Salim, Akbar’s son.

But the film shows Jodhaa as Akbar’s wife and Gowarikar claims

he has the backing of historians and a royal family of Rajasthan to prove it.

Siddharth Roy Kapoor of the UTV Motion pictures said a tremendous amount of research has gone into the movie and ‘every precaution’ has been taken.

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