Zee TV Launches Jodha Akbar
Zee TV with Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms brings to you the epic romance of ‘Jodha Akbar’. The magnum opus historical will capture the royal couple’s journey of love that, in fact, began with intense hatred. What started as a marriage based on political power-play, evolved into something more meaningful as they went along. How Jodha’s love softened the hard edges of his fierce personality and made him a kinder, more compassionate soul forms the crux of Zee TV’s ‘Jodha Akbar’. The show premieres on June 18 and will air on Zee TV every Monday to Friday at 8 PM.
Head, Content, Hindi GECs, ZEEL Ajay Bhalwankar said, “Our experience with ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ gives us the conviction that viewers in India are curious to know more about prominent historical figures. The show will highlight how it was Jodha’s love that had a calming influence on him, transforming him from a brave warrior to a benevolent king and a better ruler with great appreciation for art, culture and love for his people. The key objective is to highlight to our audiences the power of love and its significant role in making someone a better human being.”
Balaji Telefilms has conducted an in-depth research to verify all facts and figures, the chronology of events and the depiction of all its characters. Minute attention to detail has been given. Ekta Kapoor says, “The story of Jodha and Akbar is an intriguing chapter from India’s history. It speaks of love in the time of hate. It is relevant and relatable to present times as well. In India, historicals are more incident-based. But we are looking at the human stories, characterizations that focus on inter-personal relationships, the politics, how they think and communicate!”
Ekta attended every audition personally to hand-pick the right actors for the roles of Jodha and Akbar.
Akbar is being playes by Rajat Tokas. Ekta tells us, “For Akbar, I wanted an actor who is a boy-man. Although Rajat has the innocence of a 19-year-old, he is mature as an actor. 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. So, he was perfect for me.”
For Jodha, Paridhi Sharma was picked. Ekta reveals, “I wanted someone who possesses the radiance of the loveliest Rajput princess Indian history’s seen. Paridhi embodies everything I had in mind for Jodha!”
The cast also has actors like Ashwini Kalsekar playing Mahamanga, a pivotal mother figure in Akbar’s life and Chetan Hansraj - Adham Khan, the mighty son of Mahamanga who has an eye on the Mughal throne.
‘Jodha Akbar’ is an epic drama you don’t want to miss! The show premieres on June 18th; every Monday- Friday at 8pm only on Zee TV.