Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jodha Akbar

Ok. I can't resist this one. I'm no movie reviewer but I HAD to write about Jodha Akbar. Not because its a sincere and stupendous effort to capture a bygone era, not because it is the love story of a King who had the vision to see a country united by more than just religion. But for smaller happy making reasons -the films setting: the huge and dazzling Mughal and Rajput Palaces and Aishwarya Rai’s Jewellery. I have drowned in drool, people, please see why. I saw this poster and decided I HAD to see the film- and Im not a movie buff at all. Just LOOK at that neck piece!!!!
Akbar (Hrithik Roshan) is shown wearing some phenomenal pieces of jewellery. Im sure that a coffee table book will follow with luscious pictures of the jewellery and the sets of this film- I will be the 1st to pick it up.


All the jewellery in the film (400kgs of gold- the wiki page will tell you) has been designed by Tanishq. The jewellery is primarily Rajasthani Kundan and Polki and Meenakari enamel work from the 16th century Mughal period.

The following are some pics I dug out because I was DYING to share with you guys (all of you in other countries, who won't be able to see it on a movie screen) something of the intricacy and magnificence of these palaces. These are pictures of Amber palace in Amer the maternal home of princess Jodha and Jaipur city palace shot by John Henry Claude Wilson. I have been to Amer and Jaipur but long before I owned a digicam :( I just have to go again!

Amber Palace, Amer.
The Audience Hall the City Palace-Jaipur-Rajasthan
Detail of enamel work Wall Painting details.

Wall painting, City palace, Jaipur.
Detail of fine mirror and plaster work in the Sheesh (Glass) Mahal,the City Palace Jaipur
The great news is that Nitin Chandrakant Desai the art director of the film is planning on opening the sets of the film (N.D. Studios, Karjat) to tourists. If that happens you know who will hop across 1st with her camera :)

51 comments:

jess gonacha said...

INCREDIBLE. I am blown away by these photographs. Thanks for sharing!!

vineeta said...

Im really glad u liked it :) When I saw the film I was wondering how the hell can I show you guys the brilliance of what I'd seen :)

gunJan said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... no comments, i think my speechlessness shall say it all

vineeta said...

Gunj, you are mad :) Guys I saw the film with Gunjan this last weekend & we were dissecting the film in great detail over dinner :)

MASALA CHAI said...

Out of curiosity, how was the movie itself? I've been a little wary, not a period film type of girl and heard it's pretty long . (not terribly fond of the lead actors either)

chandu said...

Vineeta,

Amen to your thoughts on the movie.I rushed to the movie here in North carolina for the same reasons you stated in your post.Magnificent architecture and and the kundanpolki jewellery,the lehangas and the burst of colours.

Cheers.

tangobaby said...

These are the most gorgeous photos you have posted yet. I am totally distracted from my work!!!

vineeta said...

masala chai, your question is one of the reasons I didn't want to post about this movie :) I feel opinions on film & tastes therein are extremely personal. But u asked and heres my take on it. Definitely worth one dekko. The film has its moments- my fav is the song 'khwaja mere khwaja'. Its a brilliant effort at telling the story of a extraordinary man who was VERY important in Indian history and bringing him alive for todays generation and the world. It makes me feel proud of being an Indian. Thats a lot. But Im also not someone who goes into a theater to sit on the judjmental high horse. So :)

vineeta said...

Chandu, hi :) its always great to see new ppl here :) The wiki page on the film tells that the film is doing phenominal business in North America & is all set to break OSO's records :)

vineeta said...

Tangobaby :) Welcome to the beauty of historical India :) you can download the pictures from the films website onto your computer if you so wish :)

MASALA CHAI said...

Thanks Vin,
I'm a big fan of the director but I've just been hearing mixed reviews. Then again ppl thought Swades was like a documentary when I absolutely loved it. I shall check it out for sure.

vineeta said...

Also Pav, I didn't realise the length of the film when I saw it. so it doesn't drag. And you are an artist & for that one reason its a must-see :)

Anonymous said...

I have been told that if one can not own such pieces, one can have her fill, by drooling at them. My jewellery box has pieces from the south ( since my husband is from India) but everytime I go to India I am always travelling from Bombay to the south and back. What exactly are these pieces called? And they are so much better than what I have.

Liz

vineeta said...

Liz, this is 'Kundan and Polki' jewellery. A lot of the bangles she wears is the traditional Rajasthani 'Meenakari' enamel work. Due to some uploading probelms, I have realised that one whole para has gotten deleted. In it I have included the link of the company which produced all the pieces of jewellery worn in the film . Here's the link : http://www.tanishq-jodhaa-akbar.com/index.asp
Enjoy! :)

Arch at Rang said...

Lovely post Vineeta:-)

The jewellery is one thing that really blew my mind off when I saw the promos...

Thanks for the post now I am intrigued...I think I shd make plans with some girl friends because the man of the house cannot seem to sit through a hindi movie;-))

~ ॐ ~ said...

awesome Vineeta...

you are fantastic...

vineeta said...

archana, you must :) I have a feeling you'll really like the film :) And spare the hubby- anyway there must be things which one does and the other doesn't :)

vineeta said...

Prashant - thanx :) I think Ashutosh Gowarikar the one who is fantastic not me :) but Im still grinning happily :)

Christine said...

Wow..wow...wow....these photos are mind boggleingly beautiful. Again, you have such a wonderful eye for detail.
Thanks
Christine

Anonymous said...

Thanks Vineeta.
Liz

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Is this an international film? Will I be able to see it here in Canada. I must!Thank You.

vineeta said...

Christine :) thanx- I just showcase their brilliant sense of detailing :)

vineeta said...

liberty post editor, yes the movie is on in Canada " In Canada, for the first time, a Hindi film is being released simultaneously in 6 provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Alberta)."
I hope you are able to see it. Here is the link to the whole article. http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1151054

Bhavna said...

Jodha Akbar is such a visual delight! The jewellery is to die for...similar can be found at jewellers like Surana's of Jaipur [if one has that kind of moolah! ;-)]

Sampige said...

Holy Schmoly. I have seen the Youtube trailer and have swooned already!!I am all set to watch it over the first week of March in NY.

Peggy said...

I'm going to put this film on my Netflix queue.

vineeta said...

Bhavna, yes ofcourse- if one has that kind of money :) But drooling is for free :)

vineeta said...

Glass Bangles!! what a surprise to see you here :) And yes, its a MUST SEE. Have fun!

vineeta said...

Peggy, see if you can catch it in the theatres. This is the kind of film that HAS TO BE seen on the big screen :)

Smita said...

When people asked me how the movie was - I said - If not anything else go to see the jewellery and the costumes. I agree - such fantastic get ups!

vineeta said...

Smita, surely no one will contest that :) But i thought the movie had a lot more than just the costumes to speak for it.

studio wellspring said...

i'm overwhelmed with all the stunning details and beauty. thanks so much for sharing this decadent world with us.

Spandana said...

here is a silly male perspective:

with nose rings like that, how do you eat?

vineeta said...

Angie, glad u loved it. There was no way i was seeing something like this & not sharing :)

vineeta said...

Spandana, :) There is a scene in the film where she is shown eating- I suggest u see it ;) and let us thank our gods in unison that neither sexes have to wear this kind of a thing anymore :)

Sas said...

Wow....sigh....so beautiful and inspiring!

Thank you so much for sharing dear Vineeta :))

Sas

Adventuress said...

Gorgeous, I LOVE Indian jewellery and decor!

vineeta said...

Sas, I knew you will love it! :)

Adventuress, Yes, with your kind of taste this is right up you alley :)

Ananva said...

You seem to have an eye for this! Be it wall colors, architecture, or jewellery!!
Great post as usual.Coming over to your blog just makes my day:)
Have you been to the Chor Bazaar in Mumbai? I grew up in Mumbai, but have never been there. I am told that place is a trunkful of treasure, if you know where to look!

Kate said...

I so want to see this movie, but am going to have to wait a while for it to arrive in Australia, it looks absolutly beautiful although I'm with masala chai on the issue of acting ability.
I'd also love to wear my gorgeous bangles that my grandmother gave me much like the ones in the picture but they'd be covered in screenprinting ink in a minute.

vineeta said...

ananva, thanx, yes, i do like this kind of stuff :) and no I've been wanting to go to CHOR BAZAAR sooo badly, but havent had the time, and these past two weeks have seen me down with the worst kind of cold. But Im headed there & when I go you will know cause I will post :)

vineeta said...

Kate, You are the AMAZING artist pavitra featured on her blog! I must say I LOVE your stuff!
and u have a gorgeous bangle your granny gifted u- how lucky is that! Do check the film out- it has its moments. I loved it!

Mango Power Girl said...

Yea, I'm not much of a movie person but I've always loved Indian history and these sets, jewelery, etc. look amazing...might have to find this movie. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

vineeta said...

you're welcome :) & everybody- pls look at Mango power girls phenomenal food blog!!!

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Nirmal Simon said...

I personally love the Khwaja number. Found its lyrics on freehindilyrics.com and think the song is very well written. A R Rehman has done full justice to Jodhaa Akbar’s songs

vineeta said...

Nirmal Simon, I agree :)

Neha Joshi said...

Hey,,im really thankful to you that u downloaded these pics..while googling for images of Amber Palace i found these...they are amazing....I went to India in August and went to Rajasthan wid my family..and here in USA im writing an article on Rajasthan to be published here. Thanks to you for these amazing pics....

Manuj said...

Excellent eye for details. I really missed these. Enlightening.

Manon said...

Hi Vineeta,
I found your post and my memories took me back to a movie theatre in Noïda, where I lived with an Indian host family, in 2008. I now own the movie with English subtitles (much easier for me to understand) and whenever I am homesick I watch this movie all over again (and love it even more!)Thank you for sharing.
Manon from The Netherlands

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