The controversy associated with JODHAA AKBAR seems to simmer and there are no signs of it slowly ebbing away. As a matter of fact whenever in the recent times films have been made revolving around a historical figure they have courted controversy and on one count or the other attempts have been made to ban the film. JODHA AKBAR also seems to have fallen into this trap.
The moot point under reference is whether Jodha was the wife of Akbar or not. Problem with dealing into this realm in the history is that it is always very difficult to find the names of wives of the famous personalities in actuality. Court chronicles form the basis to find out the names, and court chronicles being in the nature of panegyric it is always difficult to rely on its authenticity to arrive at conclusive evidence.
If one were to trace the history of controversies associated with the films they have started finding expression in a big way after the mushrooming of the electronic channels as the media bytes that are provided to the opponents also incite those sitting on the fence also to jump on to the bandwagon and make their debut on the electronic media. This is what Marshal Mclluhan had predicted that in the age where media would come to dominate our lives, everybody would be hankering to attain the celebrity status even though the status may be totally ephemeral. This is what is happening as the repeat telecasts of those who oppose it extend to them the status of a celebrity.
JODHA AKBAR is one of the most romantic stories that could happen in Indian history even though it may have an element of fantasy associated with it, as it is one of the first stories about blossoming of love between a Muslim king and a Hindu princess. This film needs to be appreciated, as it is one of the first attempts to understand the psyche of a man who had a grandiose vision about India and who had the desire take people of all religions together for all round development of the country. It is with this vision and mandate that Ashutosh Gowarkar has made on an attempt on a great man AKBAR. Had the dispute been associated with aspersions being cast on one community or creed then one could have some sympathies about the same.
In this new age of Indian cinema where people have started delving into the history and translate a slice of them into the canvas, the attempts should not be countered with violence. Violence in fact should not be allowed to become a medium of expression of dissent, as it seems to happen. When Hollywood can lampoon even their President and he can take that in stride, then why can't us.