Jodhaa Akbar - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) - But, watch it in theaters, if you must!
quick review:

Painstakingly made but painfully long. The history and politics is interesting but the teachers seemed to be in a rush to cover the course material. What we do know now though, is romance 450 years ago was same as it is now. It is a visual treat nevertheless.



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48 reviewers have given Jodhaa Akbar an average rating of 3.3/5.0 (?)

27 yays
12 nays
9 so-so

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So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Such unsubtle and filmi treatment of a crucial sequence was not expected from a filmmaker whose past works I have greatly admired.... full review

Thumbs up by Tajpal Rathore, BBC ...It hits at the heartstrings and somehow has enough energy to sustain itself through the bloated script that perhaps should've been chopped.... full review

Thumbs up by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood bothered me a little that she was attractive when being domestic and docile and he was attractive being aggressive... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...And when a largish chunk of a film is filled with things you don’t much care about, it’s a huge problem... full review

Thumbs up by Razeen Shameem, Bolly Spice ...He creates a wonderful soundtrack that may not create an impact at first listen, but once seen on screen, you can’t help but be mesmerized by each and every song.... full review

Thumbs up by Aaina Sharma, Bollywood Mantra ...Finally the performances lend the final refinement and elegance to this superlative product.... full review

Thumbs down by Hetal Adesara, Business of Cinema ...One can relentlessly argue that Lagaan was longer in duration than Jodhaa Akbar but then Lagaan was Lagaan and the climax made it well worth the wait. However, this does not hold true for Jodhaa Akbar... full review

Thumbs up by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 ...As for the war sequences, they could have well been done without. Ashu doesn't get too creative here... full review

Thumbs up by Chandrima Pal, Buzz18 ...If he is the steely emperor of Hindustan, leading his fearsome army one moment, he is the vulnerable lover, longing for the intimacy of his wife in the other.... full review

So-So by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...I don’t think the film takes one deeper into the mind of the Emperor that looks full of conflicts... full review

So-So by R Krishnakumar, Deccan Herald ...What really fails Jodhaa Akbar is its compliance to convention.... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...The scenes were handled so well that you won’t get bored for a single moment... full review

Thumbs down by Oz, Desi Train ...the way he ends “Khwaja Mere Khwaja” is irritating and painful... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...If only the writers (Ashutosh Gowariker and Haider Ali) had done it in a more enjoyable manner, not making the first half drag like there's no tomorrow... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...Sufism is touched upon by a clap-a-hand-here-clap-a-hand-there qawwali... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The film's best moments are the ones between the protagonist couple.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...This one stands out and stands out the tallest.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ... Jodhaa Akbar is a brilliant work of cinematic excellence. Period! No there’s more to the review. Just keep an adjective count hereon.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Kiran Deohan’s proficiency is evident from scene one... full review

So-So by Indiequill, Indiequill ...The Mughals and the Rajputs seem to have had exactly one plan of attack - rush towards each other and hack away.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, ...Gowariker deserves a bow for his vision and successful handling of the epic love story... full review

So-So Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog ...You must watch the movie like a museum trip, which can’t always have ‘everything’ at it’s best.... full review

Thumbs down by Sreeram Ramachandran, M TV ...And before I forget, there is no big suspense in the film, was just trying to make the review interesting, since the film offers very little by way of that. Sorry.... full review

Thumbs up by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...The film is visually opulent. The jewellery design deserves special mention... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Jodhaa is so real and convincing as a Rajput princess that you feel she has never before looked so good in a role... full review

Thumbs down by aslam, MovieWalah ...Discovery of India did a much better job than most of these period movies... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Mumbai Mirror ...Kiron Deohans's cinematography is ostentatious... full review

So-So ...Having unwanted slow songs just increases boredom at times... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Who else but Ashutosh could create a sublime, superbly erotic love story about an already married couple, who live in the 16th century.... full review

Thumbs up by Jahan Bakshi, Now ...this could well be called Ashutosh Gowariker's most masala film... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ... Not once does the director allow the inherent opulence of his theme to overpower the love that grows between them... full review

Thumbs up by Sundeep Mann, Passion for Cinema ...Asutosh Gowariker has to be congratulated for making a film with such conviction and executing his story on such a grand platform... full review

Thumbs down by Anand Kadam, Passion for Cinema ...The main culprit here is the screenplay with half baked plots and half developed characters... full review

Thumbs up by Deepak Venkateshan, Passion for Cinema ...Go in to see a story, a well woven script and for amazing cinematography, art direction, choreography, music, lyrics and of course the direction.... full review

Thumbs down by Dpac, Passion for Cinema ...Shoddily done CGI scenes, boring war sequences, saas-bahu dramebaazi, distinct lack of characterization and clichés galore…... full review

Thumbs up by Shruti Bhasin, Planet Bollywood ...the main stars showcase natural chemistry and personify their characters so much that you forget you are watching actors playing a role... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Infact, Jodhaa Akbar stands out because of its tight screenplay and writing, clever direction and fantantic performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Tagore, Radio Sargam ...I don’t know how it will fare at the box-office but yes this is a must watch at the theatre... full review

Thumbs down by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...However such flashes are rare, as the Gowariker who gave us “Pehla Nasha” and “Baazi” seems to take control from time to time, much to our misfortune.... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...To paraphrase screenwriting guru Syd Field, a scene should be entered as late as possible and exited as early. Gowariker does the complete opposite... full review

Thumbs up by Arthur J Pais, Rediff ...The film is about three hours and 30 minutes but once it hooks you, the length does not matter... full review

Thumbs down ...Most of the time Hrithik Roshan seemed like he was performing the role of Birbal (Akbar’s court jester).... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The sets (Nitin Desai) are breathtaking and precisely authentic... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The battle sequences are unimaginative, often tacky, the length inordinate, the political intrigue comic... full review

Thumbs down by Saakshi Juneja, To Each Its Own ...Sajan beemar aur Sajni bhage prabhu ke dwar. Phir ek raat ki baat aur Sajan back in full avatar... full review

Thumbs up Upper Stall ...Stand out performers from the supporting cast are Ila Arun, Yuri, and Nikitin Dheer... full review

So-So by Neha Viswanathan, Within / Without ...But the film does succeed in using simplicity to build the idea of a budding relationship.... full review