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Jodha Akbar 64: Revelations

Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-16, 07:53

Folks,


You will surely wonder: Why the plural, when there was only one Grand Revelation, that Mahaam Anga had dunnit? Oh, but you see, that is not the one I am  referring to. There were many other revelations yesterday, major and minor, from the opening shot to the precap. Let us try and identify them all.


Mahaam Anga: That she was finally self-revealed to be the Dibbi Lady came not as a thunderclap, but as an anticlimax. Even I, who started out with her as the most likely suspect, was taken in by that conversation of hers with her Girl Friday Resham, and I switched to believing that it could not be her as she sounded so sincere there. But in hindsight, the matter is so very serious that she would never have trusted anyone else, no matter how close to her, with this incendiary truth, not Resham, and definitely not her uncontrollable,  drunken  braggart of   a son. 

Now, it is like those traditional English country house murder mysteries, where one starts out with the butler - the butler did it! -  goes the round of suspects, and finally ends up  with the selfsame butler!



But for me, this was not the real McCoy. That was the revelation of what could be called the Real Mahaam Anga.  In a terrifying scene,  she herself strips away every layer of her persona, one by one, to finally reveal a weak and helpless woman, crippled by her overweening love for her worthless  son, and driven by the desire to prove, not to him, but to herself, and beyond all doubt, that he is the dearest to her  in the whole world .



To prove this to herself,  she betrays everything she not just professes to hold dear, but what she does hold dear.  Her affection for her foster son,  her loyalty to the sultanat-e-mughaliya, her fealty to the royal family and to the Shahenshah.


Listening to her proclaim that not even her shadow knows the truth (in this, she resembles no one so much as the master thief Aryan in Dhoom 2), I was struck by the folly of my conclusion, based on her apparently candid conversation with Resham,  that she had not done it.



For this is a dissembler par excellence, who can dissolve into real tears on cue, and berate Adham, her  voice nearly suspended in deep distress, for even daring to think that she could have done it (Adham's expression as he leaves seems dubious and unconvinced, however, maybe he knows his mother too well to be convinced by all her nautanki) . No one else, listening to her then, could have failed to be convinced that she  was innocent. I was so convinced, all over again.



Then comes the unveiling of the  truth. With it, there was something else that sets  her crime apart from the common, garden variety of poisoners down the  ages. It is as if she has a split personality, and that now, looking at herself in the mirror of her soul, she would like to forget that she had done it. As Alakh  put it so well, a part of her doesn't want to accept what she did, for she is always torn between Adham and Jalal.



It is true that Mahaam  loves Adham more than Jalal, but it is probably also true that Jalal is the son she would have wanted to have had. Adham must, the blood tie apart, have always been a sad disappointment for her, but she loves him beyond reason still, and she cannot change that  or let him go to his  fate. This  is her tragedy.


The wailing, the fresh tears in her solitude after Adham has left, the breast-beating,  none of it was necessary. These are not for show, for there is no one there who needs to be hoodwinked. This is all for herself, for what she has lost for the sake of Adham. 
Like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, who  remains eternally  pure and ageless  and beautiful to behold, but whose portrait, kept hidden,  shows every ugly wart and scar on his steadily  rotting soul, Mahaam Anga sees her soul as black and ugly as that portrait, and she cannot stand it.  That  is her real punishment.


Jalal:  What revelation here, you might well ask.  Patience, my gentle readers!



First, to those who feel that he was foolish to trust his Badiammi blindly and show her his trump card, the dibbi, I would only say No, that is not so.


For Jalal  that very rare kind of king, a grateful one. At times grateful beyond what is called for, but that is a generous fault. He has had only 3 people in his life he could trust with that life,  and Mahaam is one of them. I would think badly of him if he did not trust her till it becomes impossible.



Then it will be a crushing blow that will cripple him for a while.  Remember how  much it affected him when he thought that his new found trust in Jodha had been a bad mistake? How much harder would it be for him to  learn that the loyalty and care of a lifetime had been corroded by baser emotions ? 

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But this is  familiar ground. The real  revelation about him last night  concerned Salima.  In the scene with her, Jalal (and Rajat) was throughout superbly subtle, magisterially manipulative, till  he got at what he sought, certitude that Salima was innocent as well. And then, he makes it up to her with such trusting candour, such delicacy, such admirable sensitivity for her feelings, that I  was blown away. When he picks up her dupatta and drapes it round her, and assures her that for him she will always be his Khan Baba's amaanat, I was mentally standing up and applauding.  
Only a man with a heart gentle enough,  and perceptive enough, to feel what Salima feels then - and that would be a very rare sort of man - would have been able to do what he  did to reassure and comfort her.  This was a revelation.



As for what he promises himself - that he will never repeat the mistake he committed with Jodha, and will get at the real culprit - that was probably meant to be repeated to Jodha by Salima, and pretty soon at that.



Jodha:  She is now revealing herself as a spoilt brat, with all the royal breeding,  with its emphasis on total self-control under all circumstances, dignity and self-possession, that she presumably received in Amer ,  gone out of  the nearest window of the palace at Agra the minute her patidev  enters the scene. Instead, in the precap, she resembles no one so much as Scarlett O'Hara, deliberately smashing  a vase,  presumably a peace offering from Jalal.  Scarlett throws a vase at Ashley Wilkes, so I suppose  Jalal should be grateful for small mercies, that it was not hurled at his head!


It was exactly like the time when she burnt the shaadi ka joda. I don't know about  you folks, but I do not appreciate this kind of fishwife like behaviour. She should  be grateful  that Jalal is not a Petruchio, for he, whether he was badly in the wrong or  not, would have given such an impertinent wife the thrashing of her life.



When there was criticism of Jodha, at her last confrontation with Jalal,  for  her relentless outpouring of resentment and fury against him, especially the chale jayiye part, I did not agree with it. I felt she was justified in doing what she did, because she was then  uncontrollably angry with him, and rightly so. It was not just what he had done in terms of accusing her and her brothers. It is more how  he had done  it, literally  going berserk,  losing all his judgment and his sense of justice,  and descending to emotional cruelty amounting to sadism.

But I would not say the same now. I did  not like the smashing of the vase, and I did not like the high pitched sermon she launches into immediately thereafter. Jalal deserved to be told off, not just once but many times. But this is not about him. It is about  a princess, now a queen, who behaves like an ill-mannered virago, when  she should have been cool, dignified,  collected, and aloof, while still being as off putting as she wanted to be.



Jodha-Jalal: Jodha, when with Jalal,  is beginning to sound monotonous already.  This has to change, and fast,  if we are not to be bored stiff with variations on the bitter  confrontations of the last 2 weeks.  Not even such  a handsome pair can make that kind of stuff palatable!


As my last post would have shown, Paridhi has grown on  me, both  visually and in terms of her acting, and I now appreciate her a great deal, in fact almost love her,  in  both respects.
I cannot say the same of Jodha, who is, in many ways, a mirror image of Jalal, not his complementary other half. Both are arrogant , hot-headed, quarrelsome  with each other, opinionated and prone to snap judgments while disregarding  inconvenient facts, biased,  tenacious in their  prejudices that often cloud their good sense, and almost  always convinced that they, and they alone, are in the right. 



Of the two, Jalal is, despite being an  autocratic  monarch, more ready to admit his failings and mistakes, to himself and at times to others, to accept sound  advice and act on it. Not so Jodha.
She routinely disregards her mother's advice, even  in the most serious of situations, as when the shaadi ka joda  arrives.  She says whatever comes into her head when she is in a rage, and worse, she has no ability to judge a person or a situation objectively.


Plus she has, strangely enough in a well educated princess,  no perception of the pressures of ruling an empire, which Mansingh has even at such a young age. It is also curious that she has no more understanding of sensitive matters of state than Motibai, and actually expects that she would be told who the real culprit is!  It is left  to Ruqaiya to give Jodha a lesson in siyasati mamle, along with a very sharp dressing down.



Given all this, I was alarmed when  Jodha's cheerleader-in-chief, Hamida Banu, stated that Jodha could  do no wrong, which will remove any remaining faint reservations she might have had about  the wisdom of her ways. Motibai has far more sense, common and otherwise, than Jodha!


 It reminded me irresistibly of Archana in Pavitra Rishta, and her junior edition, Purvi (that is the only Ekta serial I know), both of whom brought disaster on all the men unlucky enough to fall for them, while swanning around with  24 carat haloes firmly in place.



In fact, I suspect the reason why the saas and the bahu here get along so well is that they are both convinced that they are faultless and always a pattern card for others, and so everything that goes wrong is inevitably someone else's fault. Usually Jalal's.

Thus Jodha  never remembers the times when she insulted Jalal, nor that when  she now claims that she and her family were accused and humiliated despite sakshya ka abhaav, she is being, what else, economical with the truth, given the whopper of a clue in the poisoned kesar.  Again, not so Mansingh.



Similarly. Hamida Banu never remembers all the times when she was not there for her son when he needed emotional support, most recently when he had learnt that his child was no more. It was Mahaam who held him close then and comforted him. Where was Hamida all that while?  

The Hamida-Jodha duo thus constitutes the perfect mutual admiration society. One that is, contrary to every hallowed canon of the saas-bahu code, directed against the son/husband!

But  in contrast with the likes of the hapless Manav and Arjun, Jalal has one trump card.  It is the ace of spades:  History, where his place is secure. Not even Ekta can tamper with that to his disadvantage!


The Dibbi Mystery: This continues, and  I cannot, for the life of me, understand how it can be solved given that the culprit is Mahaam. So it will probably be resolved only  at the point in the future when Adham is no more and the CVs are ready to cashier Mahaam Anga as well.
At that point, I expect that Rahim with have a flashback  in the presence of his ataliq, the Shahenshah.  I devoutly  hope that by then, Jodha has become wise enough and mature enough to  pick the shattered Jalal up and comfort him, for  there will be no Mahaam Anga around then to do it.



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Re: Jodha Akbar 64: Revelations

Post by --sumana13-- on 2013-09-16, 09:04

Hayee was waiting for you to share your post here ... Because over the weekend could not log into the other forum :(

Running to read you :)

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Post by pollyanna on 2013-09-16, 10:57

Loved the post Aunty cheers ......I am so happy that Ekta has stuck to the history and MA is only exposed to the viewers and not to characters in the show......MA was fabulous in her scenes...WOW!!!

@Jalal: U have said it ALL.....this guy is surprising me every day.....he is so SUPERB and to think that he is just 22.....WOW!!!

@Jodha: Like u, PS is growing on me too....BUT the only issue is.....makers should give Jodha time for some reflections too or monologues...else  her tantrum queen giri will become a drag....

@Dibbi: I so much want Rahim to search for dibbi in Salima's drawers and either Jodha or Salima come to know from where did it come in the first place, though MA is not getting caught till her last breath :)

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