After working together, on Swades, UTV Motion Pictures, and Ashutosh Gowariker Production, have again come together to produce, the magna opus love story, “Jodha Akhbar”..
Starring – Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles,, the film is set in 16th century Mughal period,, and looks in to the alliance of a Mughal leader and a Rajput princess..
Ronnie Screwvala and Ashutosh Gowariker are both very excited about working together.
Says Ronnie Screwvala, –
“We were always clear that, we would work together again. Its was a just a question of when and how.”
Adds Ashutosh Gowariker, –
“I had a very fixed idea and wanted the right backing for the project. Film is not only about production, but about overall packaging, positioning, marketing and distribution of the film.”
Ashutosh says, –
“the idea has been with me, since I completed LagaanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ but, I decide to work on Swades as this film needed more research. Haider Ali Sahib is helping me with the research of the film. I am really excited about the love story angle. I have never made a love story beforeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ we all take it for granted that Salim was born from Jodha and Akhbar’s marriage, but no one knows how their love came in to beingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ it’s a legendary love story that is untold till date. And I strongly feel that everyone will be to connect to the emotion of love. It’s a modern film set in historical times. Not a period movie. I am not showing history, I am depicting emotions. We are currently doing thorough research to maintain the authenticity of Akhbar’s characterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ While writing the story the images that came to mind were only two people warrior like Hrithik and the beauty of Ash… it was them that evolved into my mind and took shape of Akhbar and Jodha.”
At a budget of 37 crores, the film will be shot at various real locations in parts of Rajasthan, Aamir Place and Nahar Fort, Delhi and would be creating an entire replica of Agra Fort in Karjat on a 15 acre land.
Kiran Deohans will be the Director of Photography.
Costumes will be by – Neeta Nulla.
Music by – A R Rahman.
Lyrics by – Javed Akhtar.
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