I didn’t want to blog about the controversy around Jodhaa Akbar simply because it doesn’t deserve the attention it is getting. The opinion I’ve heard about the movie is that it is an expensive and lengthy bore–at the least. Taking liberties with history is nothing new to Bollywood. Jodhaa Akbar is just the latest after the cinematic character-assassination of Bhagat Singh.
Akbar’s benevolence is a loaded term because history shows his love for mass murder in the service of Islam. He was just less crueller than Babur or Humayun or the other Mughals. However, he more than compensated that by masterful deception. By "marrying" Rajput ladies via entering into "treaties," he executed a bloodless conversion spanning generations.
Pity, Aurangzeb didn’t learn from this illustrious ancestor.