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Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-26, 14:36

Folks,
Even from a cursory reading of the forum entries for this episode, there seems to be a feeling that it was disjointed and confusing, and Mansi has listed 5 points about Jalal-Jodha  that she sees as inexplicable, plus 2 about Mahaam thrown in for good measure. Well, I did not see the episode as at all confusing; rather it was clarificatory as regards Mahaam I & Mahaam II, and as regards Jalal and Jodha, it was rich in hidden hints if one looked for them.
Let us take our golden couple first. I am tired of calling them the Odd Couple, and  then yesternight, in all the sunny glory of her latest yellow joda, Jodha looked as if she had been electroplated all over in 24 carats, and was spreading a golden glow wherever she went.  Jalal too, happily, had  a new dress for his jungi riyaaz, I was just as tired of  the old brown one, which had doubled up for a night dress at Sujanpur.
Jalal-Jodha 1: Prologue:  This scene was preceded by the departure of Jodha's brothers, who left without meeting her. Their excuse of being in a hurry would hardly wash, as it must be at least 3 days to Amer on horseback, and an hour spent bidding farewell to Jodha would not have mattered. So either Bharmal must have told them not to alarm Jodha unnecessarily, or they must have decided to do so on their own, following the age-old maxim of keeping all the bad news from the (supposedly) fragile women of the household until it is too late to do anything about it.
As for the likely question  you might have, and Mansi has, Why does Jalal not mention Jodha's projected departure to the brothers?, why, that is a non-starter. This is  a sensitive matter concerning a daughter of their family, and propriety demands that it be discussed ONLY with the head of the family, her father, whose decision it would then be to share it with one or more or the others as he chose. It would have been grossly disrespectful on the part of Jalal to have told anyone other than his father-in-law about it.
What he tells Ruqaiya as to why he did not sent Jodha with her brothers, that they  were going elsewehere, is true,  but it is not the real reason. Nor the other thing he tells her, that the escort would have to come from Amer. The logical thing would have been for her husband to have sent her with a Mughal escort (NOT escort her himself, which would be acutely embarrassing  in this case).
Jalal is waiting, not just for the Ameri escort, but for Bharmal's reaction and response. He might well be hoping that it is in the negative, for  then Jodha would have to  stay on despite, as he assumes now, wanting to leave.
But again, the real reason is that he is not sending Jodha back, she has elected to return, and for this , in any royal family of that era, her father's consent is necessary.  As an honourable and responsible son-in-law, Jalal cannot simply dump his wife back in Amer as if she was a piece of unwanted baggage, even if she is demanding it.
Jalal-Jodha 1: Anyhow, Jodha, who, after her crying jag of the day before,  had obviously spent  half the night or more mulling over Jalal's Do din ke mehmaan se kya gila kya shikwa, which enrages and hurts her for no logical reason, pounces on what she sees as a golden (oh, not again, sorry!) opening to engage him in another skirmish after catching him, as she imagines, on the wrong foot. She is not one to bother about the proprieties of appearing before the soldiers unveiled,  so she barges into his jungi  riyaaz area unannounced.
Incidentally, this area is clearly, as we saw in the earlier tulsi aarti  scene, very close to Jodha's rooms and the tulsi grih,  which comes into play again today.
What followed was remarkable not so much for what happened, or what was said, but for what was not. 
But first,  it  was good to see Jalal's energetic shamsheerbaazi after a long while,  he is like quicksilver and steel combined, with the suppleness and elusiveness of the one,  and the  hardness and the tensile strength of the other. It was also good to see him appreciating and commending the soldier who was his sparring partner for having  broken thru his guard, even if his hand was cut in the process..
Now, for some more likely  questions , also on  Mansi's list, that might arise from Jalal telling Jodha that he  had arranged for her departure, and the testy, irritable exchange of barbs that follows:
Mera yahan  dum ghuthta hai, main Amer laut jana chahti hoon (translation: Why on earth, your stupid man, can you not see that mera dum yahan se jaane ki soch  se ghuthta hai? Why can't you for once help me out and tell me Aap kahin nahin ja rahi hain, Jodha Begum, kyunki hum aap ko nahin jaane denge?)
Hum bhi aapko jaane se rokna nahin chahte (translation: Why on earth can  you not see, your tiresome, pigheaded female, that all that I have been doing of late was  to please you? Why can you not see that you are best off with me, not languishing in Amer?)
 Qs: At which point did Jalal write the paigam to Bharmal? Why did Jalal not tell Jodha what arrangements he has made for her leaving?  And, jumping ahead a bit to Jalal-Jodha Scene 2, Why did Jalal tell Jodha not to tell anyone about her leaving till her departure?
First of all, we need to stop taking Jalal's do din ke mehmaan  as if was a deadline for a bomb timer to go off, set and immutable . It is only a throwaway phrase, meaning that the duration of her stay in Agra would  now be limited.  Jalal had asked Jodha to decide, and he now thinks he has an indirect answer, that she wants to leave. He will arrange for this soon, but hardly in 2 days!
He must, after her tirade of the night before, have decided to send  a paigham to Bharmal, setting out the facts of the case, and informing him about Jodha's decision to return, leaving it to him to respond as he thought fit. This message might have gone off that morning,  after the departure of the brothers but before his jungi riyaaz session. So what he tells Jodha, and later Ruqaiya, would be technically correct.
I think he does not tell Jodha what arrangements he has made because he is not at all sure of  how Bharmal will  respond.  If he tells her now that he has written to her father, she might panic, anticipating  that he would refuse to let her come back. That he might see  her demand/desire as childish and irresponsible, both because of Rajput maryada,  and because  he now has a high opinion of Jalal and might thus blame her rather than him. She would thus have preferred to land in Amer straightway with a Mughal escort, and face her father and family with a fait accompli.  Jalal anticipates all this, and  he does not, for good reasons, want any more scenes from her!
As for why he tells her to keep the news of her leaving for good to herself, methinks it is for the same reason. Bharmal might very well refuse to take her  back, and by  telling her to keep it secret till it actually happens, Jalal probably  wants to spare Jodha any humiliation in the harem, where she would be then mocked for being unwanted by both the Shahenshah and her family. He has by now come a long way from rejoicing in her guroor being thus trodden underfoot, whether he realises it or not.  
Incidentally, Rose/Alakh  had first suggested that Bharmal's refusal might be the reason for a desperate Jodha trying to drown herself. I would agree with her; I cannot think of any other reason that would be as strong and as immediate. (It must of course be hard for a good swimmer like Jodha - remember her in deep water when she rescues Rahim? - to die by drowning.  A swimmer's body fights on its own, using familiar techinques, to survive).
Mohabbat ka marham, nafrat ka zakhm: An inspired piece of scripting, and even more so of performance. The shifting expressions in Jalal's eyes, first questioning as Jodha looks consideringly at the wound and then turns away, then  puzzled as she returns, holds his hand and applies the lep, blowing gently on it all the while, probing when she is explaining her action, to assess how far there is another reason behind the surface one, then mischievous Hum phi se ghayal ho gaye, apna farz nahin nibhayengi?. Finally, as she leaves in a huff, he looks after her with a very curious expression, part sadness, part longing, part regret.
A tour de force from Rajat, and as he brings out  that gorgeous line Bahut khoob! Mohabbat ke marham mein lipta, nafrat ka zakhm.. Hamein achcha laga (the boy gets all the best lines, and how he delivers them, in that deliberate husky baritone!)  Jodha's eyes say so many things as she  looks at him, then down and away.
Jalal-Jodha 2:  This would be standard issue, but for Jodha's constant carping on Jalal's do din ke mehmaan.After she has finished repeating it, in a sulky, accusatory tone,  about 4 times, even the dumbest of men would have realized that she was angry with him for wanting to, apparently, bundle her out in  such short order.  And, flowing naturally from this, that she was angry because (a) he was making too much haste and (b) she did not want to be hurried out, and in fact did not want to go at all.  And as for why the secrecy he mandates, I have given my take on it above.
As for why Jalal forces Jodha to participate in the  Meena Bazaar, it is, methinks,  largely out of pique, and then partly because he does not  want  to lose face because of this non-compliant wife, and partly because he now wants  to protect himself, in his interactions with Jodha, behind the barricade of  the haughty, demanding Shahenshah. No more signs of weakness, as in his apology, or his Hum aapke liye ek khushkhabari laye hain ( I now wonder what that was, as it is now clear that it is not the Meena Bazaar).
What remained with me after the telecast was not the precap, with  Jodha delivering her usual acerbic lecture to Jalal, both condescendingly and sarcastically, in her full blown Rajput  culture mode. By now, I am beginning to find this smart-alecky stuff very tiresome.
It was rather the totally lost look on Jalal's face as Ruqaiya declares that there is no place in Agra for anyone who hates the Shahenshah.
Mahaam & Lakhi: This  was a surprisingly neat wrapping up of the whole humshakal track,  with no loopholes that I could spot. As for the objection that  different people age differently, and how then could Lakhi still  look exactly the same as Mahaam after 18 years, that is hardly impossible, and is in any  case hardly a major piece of cinematic licence. 
The reference to Mullah Beqazi  is the catalyst that reminds Mahaam of Lakhi and shows her a way out of the net that she sees tightening around her as Jalal's tafteesh about the dibbi proceeds apace. Jalal would naturally go with the Abu Hamza angle, re: humshakals,  as he knows nothing about Lakhi, but for the viewers,  it is a nice, fat red herring, that is all.
As for Mahaam's chancing on Lakhi 18 years ago, it was good  luck for Jalal than, and as for her being reminded of her  now, it is the devil helping his own!
All this apart, the whole Lakhi track is  really, as often in Jodha Akbar,  an ode to Rajput loyalty and cold blooded courage,  a reaffirmation  of their  parivaar aur vachan ke liye sar kata sakte hain motto.Even if Lakhi's unquestioning loyalty to Mahaam was in aid of a beastly crime, her courage cannot be called into question.  It is also characteristic of Mahaam that she values this as it should be valued, and as she breaks into Lakhi's Rajputani folk yodel,  one felt the  force of that admiration, even if was from one evil woman for the evil done  by another out of misplaced loyalty.
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Post by clarissasham on 2013-09-26, 14:38

as usual superb writing aunty


liked their musings and thats exactly whats going on in boths mind

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Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-26, 15:16

Thank you, Clarissa, but the question is when and how it is going to surface.

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clarissashamas usual superb writing aunty


liked their musings and thats exactly whats going on in boths mind

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Post by pollyanna on 2013-09-26, 16:25

What a delightful read!!!! Thumbsup 

And Aunty take a BOW!!! explaining J-J Prologue, 1 and 2...what and why and how things will happen .....u have such a great claruty of how things should move as far as Jalal's soch is concerned...WOW!!!!

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Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-26, 17:43

Thank you, Pallavi, but the SBS segment shows that Jodha tries to commit suicide after a silly quarrel with Jalal about Mahaam. Alas for poor Alakh and her sensible suggestion, and my  endorsing it as the only explanation that would be serious enough!

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pollyannaWhat a delightful read!!!! Thumbsup 

And Aunty take a BOW!!! explaining J-J Prologue, 1 and 2...what and why and how things will happen .....u have such a great claruty of how things should move as far as Jalal's soch is concerned...WOW!!!!

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Post by sonia1 on 2013-09-27, 02:28

Superb writing. Thumbsup

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Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-27, 10:56

Thank you, Sonia.Shyamala B.Cowsiksonia1 wrote:Superb writing. Thumbsup

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Post by pollyanna on 2013-09-27, 11:02

Aunty, aren't u fuming at Jodha's lecture yesterday...it was so uncalled for...intended to HURT Jalal and nothing else.....Am mad at her Twisted Evil

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Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-27, 11:56

Yes, my dear, and here is what I wrote in another thread about it, as I am not doing a post about it today, most likely. Shyamala AuntyI could not agree with you more, and I would like to add my two bits very quickly. So I hope you will not mind it if I paraphrase below  what I wrote on Vicki's thread lat e last night.My take is far harsher than yours on Jodha but right now, I think  what she deserves is a sound spanking.\"About Jodha, I think you - and you are of course far from alone in this respect - tend to romanticise her to excess, perhaps as the designated heroine. I do not see her as embodying all shades of humanity and womanhood, unless you include in this description  being brattish, and overtly and publicly rude to the man who is both her husband and an emperor, and thus has to be accorded at least public respect.  Not to forget a tendency to hold forth, at the drop of  a hat, about the superiority of her native culture in the most condescending and even sarcastic manner possible, like a Hyde Park soap box orator. I found her lecture on colours pompous throughout, delivered as if she was talking to an uncultured inferior being, and in parts completely meaningless.  She was also trying so hard to needle him that she lost sight of all good sense and even her royal  breeding.  Her apologists never tire of  saying about Jodha that she never fails to maintain proper decorum towards her husband in public, no matter how she rails at him in private.Today, she threw even that to the winds. The way is which she declared, in answer to his polite question of what was the significance of having a stall of colours, that she did not consider it necessary to tell him that,   was not only extremely rude, but betrayed a total lack of breeding dismaying in a princess born. One wonders what the Shahenshah' s attendants, not to speak of her own,would have thought about such behaviour in public. Nothing  flattering to Jodha, I am sure.  I was delighted  that her deliberate impertinence in soiling what she thought to be his white dupatta boomeranged on her,and she fell flat on her face. I almost cheered Jalal for having tripped her up so smoothly and effectively. The symbolism of her colouring what would have been a widow's white with pink, thus making it a sign  of happiness for a wedded woman (though then it would have to be red, not pink), as it has been interpreted elsewhere, would have been perfect, except that she did not do it for that purpose. She  did it to spoil something that she  thought belonged to him. That she was left with something gifted to her that is now unusable seemed to be poetic justice!To those who protest that she is doing no more to Jalal now than what he did to her during the dature ka  ark phase, there are two answers  to that.One, that he has apologised for his unfairness then, and in public. He is not being given any credit for that. He should be. Not many modern husbands would do as  much, if they were in a similar position of absolute power. She has been as rude herself repeatedly in the past, and still is. In fact she is going from bad to worse.Two, that there is a distinction to be drawn between public behaviour and private behaviour. Good behaviour. especially in public,  is something one owes to oneself  and to one's upbringing, it need have nothing to do with the way others have behaved or behave with you. I thus have nothing against Jodha ranting at Jalal in private. But in public it is an entirely different matter, and that is what distinguishes  a lady, and more so a princess, from the common run of ill-bred humanity. So when Jodha burnt her wedding joda, after having been cautioned by her mother about the likely consequences for Amer, I felt that she was behaving like a reckless  fishwife. Today I felt that she was behaving like a shrew. Royalty is taught above all never to let their self-control slip, no matter what the circumstances. Judged by those standards, Jodha is  sadly wanting. She has always been so. It seemed to me that Jalal treated her today the way an adult treats an ill-behaved and obnoxious child, with exaggerated patience and unshaken calm . Not  as if he was trying to patch up an as yet non-existent relationship, but rather as if he wanted a civil parting free of any hostility or vindictiveness. He  thinks she has chosen to leave, which does not surprise him  given the assurances of hatred and contempt that she bestows on him  so liberally. I do not think that at this point he is thinking of  her staying back, and when he refers to the aakhri khwahish  of a departing guest, it is  precisely that and no more.To sum up, while we all know  what is to happen eventually, probably after another 200 episodes, right now,  to say, as Vicki does,  that Jodha is Promising that this marriage is for keeps and she will always be his shield,  seems to  me to be so far out into the future as to be clean out of the range of sight  for the present. In the meanwhile, I am tiring of all this  unending  prodding and poking of the tea leaves or chicken entrails to see  where their putative love affair is headed,  while all we get onscreen these days is an endless series of tiresome squabbles and exercises in one-upmanship, interspersed with bouts of rona dhona  and acid-tipped exchanges. If I had paid for a ticket  for this show, I would ask for my money back and go buy a DVD of Jodhaa Akbar. Aishwarya's Jodhaa would  be balm for nerves frayed by the shenanigans of this avatar. I do apologise if I sound acidic myself, but today's Meena Bazaar encounter set my teeth on edge. I set great store by  proper behaviour and good breeding, and I do not like it when these are found to be so patently wanting in the accredited heroine. Shyamala B.Cowsik wrote:
pollyanna Aunty, aren't u fuming at Jodha's lecture yesterday...it was so uncalled for...intended to HURT Jalal and nothing else.....Am mad at her Twisted Evil

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Post by pollyanna on 2013-09-27, 12:33

Aunty...after reading your post..my anger has subsided a little...thanks for venting out in such an apt way....Absolutely loved reading it :) 

Jodha just brought disgrace to Amer yesterday. PERIOD!!!

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Re: Jodha Akbar 72: Hidden hints & loose ends

Post by sashashyam on 2013-09-27, 14:16

Well, you know me by  now, Pallavi! I could not resist doing a post after all: A Contrary View, which is an expanded version of my earlier comments, is up  here. Do take a look at that as well. Shyamala Auntypollyanna wrote:Aunty...after reading your post..my anger has subsided a little...thanks for venting out in such an apt way....Absolutely loved reading it :) 

Jodha just brought disgrace to Amer yesterday. PERIOD!!!

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