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Post by sashashyam on 2013-08-17, 15:42

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Folks,


Here is a treat for all of you,  a really short one.Yes, yes, I can hear you saying to yourselves Short? This I have got to see!  But it is so, for once, and all the credit for that goes to the screenplay.
There were only 4 main points that emerged today.
1)  Jalal, even  he rightly cuts short Jodha's  vigorous argument with Adham Khan and shooes her back to the palace, admires her unhesitating readiness to stand up for what she believes is right,  and to fight  for it with anyone, any place, any time.  That can be seen,  firstly, from the relatively gentle way in which he dismisses her, as compared to the harshness with which he  snubbed Ruqaiya over the Zaheer affair, almost yelling at her.
And secondly, from his imagining Jodha,  almost involuntarily,  amidst the Amer dancers  at the jashan, bearing the Aner flag with pride, and in an utterly natural way, devoid of any arrogance or self-righteousness.  It is revealing that he is not just dreaming of her, but that  this is how he  perceives her. He regards  his vision of Jodha  with no trace of either anger or sarcasm. For once, he genuinely approves of her and her ways.
It is the same when Jodha announces her readiness to compete  against Ruqaiya, citing her Rajvanshi heritage of never backing down before a challenge. For a brief instant, Jalal  looks benign and even admiring.
2) Jalal handles the pancham matter to perfection. He investigates it  swiftly and effectively, and then does justice to the poor banjaras -  truly a Solomon come to judgement (with apologies to Shylock an to Shakespeare!).  He  next puts Adham Khan in his place (or as near to that as possible given Adham's temperament), and finally, also seizes the opportunity to organize  a delightful surprise for Bharmal & Co. (who, incidentally,  seem to hav given the go  by to their beti ke ghar paani bhi nahin peete rule, as they are now enjoying their javaisa's hospitality without any qualms) .
Jalal  has now come into his own, and is fast maturing into  a just and decisive monarch, who can put his absolute power  to use for the good of the awaam .
3) Jodha is still in the same Shahenshah bahut bure hain... zaroor mujhe peedha pahunchane ke liye kuch karenge groove, like an LP stuck in one place. So much so that  even  when she sees that the banjaras,  whose cause she was advocating so vigorously that morning,  have not not only been freed but have been invited to perform at the jashan, she does not think even for an instant that it was well done of Jalal. Instead she is off at once looking around for clues to what he might be planning next against her.
As things stand, he is looking forward to showing  her up  as being no match for Ruqaiya at chess,  but I am sure that even if there had been no chess match,  Jodha would still have been on edge, fearing a booby trap set by her (un)beloved patidev.  In that sense. Jalal has won, for   Jodha does his job for  him,  as she herself makes sure that she never has a moment's peace of mind!
4) Jodha's sotto voce remark to herself, when she decides to take the plunge and face Ruqaiya at chess, is very curious. It is not, as would be natural  in a proud Rajput princess, that she wants to uphold  Rajput honour.
Instead, what she wants is to block Ruqaiya from getting that  one time blank cheque, so to  speak, from Jalal. Agar Ruqaiya jeet gayi, toh ne jaane who  Shahenshah se kya mangegi! The unstated part is: Mujhe use rokna hoga, aur uske liye mujhe jeetna hoga!.
But what is it that Jodha does not want Ruqaiya to ask of Jalal if she wins, and then get it?  I cannot think of any thing that the generally detached Jodha would resent Ruqaiya getting. So is it that she has begun to resent Ruqaiya per se, and is making this excuse to herself to explain away this resentment? Because of  Ruqaiya's much tomtommed hold on Jalal? A teeny weeny stab of the green-eyed monster- good old jealousy?
Not consciously as yet, but perhaps  sub-consciously, just like the subconscious longing  in her eyes as she looked at Salima and Rahim in the morning.  How else can one explain what she says to herself ?  If this is indeed so, what a contrast with her reaction in the scene with Ruqaiya,   in her bedroom!
Hamida Banu: The scene between Jodha and her mother-in-law was utterly charming and touching. I loved Jodha bending to touch Hamida Banu's feet and calling her Ammijaan,   gracefully adopting  part of the Mughal tehzeeb.  It would be interesting to see Jalal's reaction if she were to call Hamida Banu Ammijaan  in his presence!
Hamida Banu  obviously does not care for Ruqaiya, very  likely seeing her as one of the elements making sure that Jalal's khoya hua dil  stays khoya hua. So she roots unabashedly for Jodha at the chess match, just as much as the Amer lot.
The chess match: Ruqaiya, true to her brash, over-confident and arrogant temperament, plays a very aggressive game, capturing as  many of Jodha's pieces as she can  in quick order. Jodha, on the other hand, keeps her head, and continues to  play a waiting game, looking out  for a mistake from her opponent. I could not see the whole board at the end, but I bet that Ruqaiya , while advancing to surround Jodha's King, has left  her own open to a swift pouncing move by Jodha's queen.
The CVs seem to believe in ending on a cliffhanging note on Friday evenings, but a Jodha victory is a no brainer, so we can all relax!
Shyamala B.Cowsik

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Re: Jodha Akbar 44: Suspended animation

Post by Shesherkobita on 2013-08-17, 16:21

What an wonderful piece Shaymala. You have an eye for finding nuggets that I always miss ( like touching Hamida's feet) ... Well I watch online on an 8" screen and don't speak Hindi ( or understand most things Mughals say and cant rewatch as its blocked where i live) - my lame excuses for not getting everything. :P 

I wondered about Jodha's reaction too... Whatever Rukiya does with her winnings shouldn't bother her... Unless.... she really wants to STAY.... Doesn't want Rukiya to evict her. She might think if she is evicted then Ameer's protection might be lost .... But then the real reason could be ...she is enjoying this game too ( you have made my life a "game" - she doesn't mind the game, she minds that  Jalal made her parents pawn in the game too)! 

The way she roams around poking her head into everything ( Banjaran, salima s son) tells me Jodha is curiously absorbing everything that is going on in the harem and she is actually having FUN... Like a kid in a new school... Figuring out the vibe... Good teacher, bad ones, "mean girls", jockeys and geeks...

I was surprised with Jalal's daydreaming about her dancing carefree... Love your explanation of it... He is figuring her out little by little....

Yes, Jalal is emerging as a just ruler ( ever since Biram khans demise) sans Jodha's influence... I like that... It's not that Jodha will transform him completely... She will complement and supplement his philosophies! If jodha came into his life a few years early ( combative Jalal)  or a few years later ( already matured into an emperor) they wouldn't gel the way it's happening now. Isn't that what LOVE is all about? The right person ( no matter how wrong they seem)  comes at the right time. Heart 
Thanks for your amazing analysis again. 

Sab

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Jodha Akbar 44: Suspended animation

Post by sashashyam on 2013-08-17, 17:04

My dear Kobita,I have not yet seen a more perceptive or  more delightful take on Jodha, and as for your comments on my post, they are better than the post itself!Yes, the right person comes at the right time, and the right time is when the right person comes along ! I am reminded of a very beautiful Urdu couplet:Do hi waqt guzari hain mujh par ye saari umr may,Ek tere aane se pehle, ek tere jaan ke baad,There have been only two spells of time in the whole of my lifeOne was before you came, and the other was after you left.In between, of course, while she was there with him, time stood still. Lovely, isn't it? That is what love is all about.Thank you once againShyamalaShesherkobita wrote:What an wonderful piece Shaymala. You have an eye for finding nuggets that I always miss ( like touching Hamida's feet) ... Well I watch online on an 8" screen and don't speak Hindi ( or understand most things Mughals say and cant rewatch as its blocked where i live) - my lame excuses for not getting everything. :P 

I wondered about Jodha's reaction too... Whatever Rukiya does with her winnings shouldn't bother her... Unless.... she really wants to STAY.... Doesn't want Rukiya to evict her. She might think if she is evicted then Ameer's protection might be lost .... But then the real reason could be ...she is enjoying this game too ( you have made my life a "game" - she doesn't mind the game, she minds that  Jalal made her parents pawn in the game too)! 

The way she roams around poking her head into everything ( Banjaran, salima s son) tells me Jodha is curiously absorbing everything that is going on in the harem and she is actually having FUN... Like a kid in a new school... Figuring out the vibe... Good teacher, bad ones, "mean girls", jockeys and geeks...

I was surprised with Jalal's daydreaming about her dancing carefree... Love your explanation of it... He is figuring her out little by little....

Yes, Jalal is emerging as a just ruler ( ever since Biram khans demise) sans Jodha's influence... I like that... It's not that Jodha will transform him completely... She will complement and supplement his philosophies! If jodha came into his life a few years early ( combative Jalal)  or a few years later ( already matured into an emperor) they wouldn't gel the way it's happening now. Isn't that what LOVE is all about? The right person ( no matter how wrong they seem)  comes at the right time. Heart 
Thanks for your amazing analysis again. 

Sab

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Post by pollyanna on 2013-08-19, 15:05

Wow...First and foremost...what an amazing Title!!! and then such a befitting analysis......Shyamala Aunty....Can u please have a tete-a tete with Ekta Maiya...and ask her not to ruin the show after the 6 months' time- frame, coz I really dont want you to stop writing.

Ohh...I can never say a bad word for jalal---he behaved like a typical pati dev when he tells JODHA BEGUM to go to her palace and then imagining his biwi with that Dhwaj...Aaye hayeee....munda bigad raha hai Wink

Jodha, like u and Sabi(Shesherkbita) said.....happened to Jalal at the perfect time INDEED!!!

I want Jodha having a nice time with rahim....overlooked by jalal(obviously he is again hidden behind some pillars). Also I want to see Jalal's reaction when Jodha calls his mom, ammijaan.....that was really a nice touch......jodha is taking a baby step Wink 

Jodha getting jealous of Ruks...why o why??? she doesnt want jalal to come near her, rite Wink  chal hat jhoothi Wink

Aunty...that was a lovely Urdu couplet bounce 

@Sabi : love ur DP and the comment dear.....cheers

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