Ekta Kapoor – Jodha Akbar Hindi Serial Launch
Moving away from her comfort zone of family dramas and soap operas, the undisputed queen of television Ekta Kapoor is all set to bring the historical saga of ‘Jodha Akbar’ to the small screen. The show to be aired on Zee TV will capture the intriguing journey of the royal couple’s love for each other that had, in fact, begun with intense hatred.
Being extremely particular about the finer details of all her projects, Ekta has been traveling across India and attending every audition personally to handpick the right actors for the roles of Mughal emperor, Akbar and his Hindu wife, Jodha Bai.
And seems like her search for Akbar seems to have come to an end. In the young and handsome Rajat Tokas, Ekta has found the ideal blend of boyish innocence and rugged manliness required of Akbar.
Ekta confirmed the news and said, “For Akbar, I wanted an actor who is a boy-man. Although Rajat has the innocence of a 19-year-old, he is seasoned in terms of maturity. Akbar was someone who became a soldier and a king at the age of 14 and by 17 he had already won a battle on his own. Rajat is an expert in martial arts and horse riding. He was perfect for me.”
While an elaborate 2-month shoot schedule for the show has begun in Jaipur to bring alive the grandeur of the historical era with authenticity, Ekta’s hunt for Jodha continues. She is certain that she won’t compromise on getting the right Jodha. “My casting of Jodha is extremely crucial. I will settle for nothing less than an out- and-out winner!”
It is notable to see Jodha Akbar has been a controversial issue in Rajasthan as back in 2008, Ashutosh Gowarikar directed film created alot of unrest among Rajasthan Rajputs, who protested against “distortion of historical facts” in the movie based on Mughal emperor Akbar. Movie’s shooting took place in Jaipur and various other parts of the state.
Activists of the Karni Sena had written letters in blood against the film’s release and submitted it to theatre owners.The group also filed a petition to ban the screening of the film, however, the Rajasthan High Court dismissed a petition seeking restraining orders against leaders of Rajput Sabha and Karni Sena but asked the government to ensure law and order.