2007. India. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Screenplay by Gowariker, Haidar Ali. With Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Narrated by Amitabh Bachchan. From the writer-director of the crossover hit Langaan comes this epic of Cecil B. DeMille proportions, one of the most expensive and lavish Bollywood blockbusters ever made. In scenes that alternate between bloodshed, courtly intrigue, bodice heaving, and song and dance, Gowariker’s sixteenth-century historical romance traces the courtship between a reformist-minded Muslim emperor and a feisty Rajput princess. No less exceptional are the cast of a thousand elephants, the exotic landscapes of Rajasthan and northern India, Neeta Lulla’s sumptuous costuming, a rousing score by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), and the stentorian voice of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. Jodhaa Akbar truly must be seen to be believed. 213 min.
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