I would say this Episode was a mixed Bag. It can be enjoyed in parts. If we dissect the happenings and then analyze it in segments, it was a fine episode. Otherwise, it was not a very good timing to show Birbal's introduction coinciding with the unbelievable treatment, the Creatives are 'showering' on a Royal Queen, who is about to deliver twins. On one side, we had the Diwan-e-Khas in Agra where the Mughal Royalty was enjoying Birbal and his lucid answers, and on the other hand we had a Queen, who was suffering so hard in the rain, in the 8th month of her twins pregnancy...!!!
As i said in my yesterday's episode writeup that Birbal is 'putting up an act' ; i was correct, it was on similar lines. He was indeed acting and deliberately pretending to be a rabble rouser, by speaking(gentle mockery) up against the Shahenshah. All was done, in order to get a chance to meet the Emperor. He was successful, as he was picked up by the soldiers and brought in the Diwan-e-Khas. He cracked up a few "puzzling jokes", in his trademark style, and i wanted it to be this way ONLY. The jokes had an impact on Malika-e-Azam and other Begums as well.
Jalal is impressed by Birbal's hunar and give him a place in the Royal Court.. This infuriates Sharif-ud-din, who is NOT able to digest entry of yet another Hindu in Akbar's coterie..Well, I am waiting for Badayuni, and it will be interesting to watch his frustration with Birbal..!!
Historically(or better say in folk-tales) , Birbal and Akbar met when the latter was out on a hunting trip. In present situation, we saw a bit dramatized version, though here also Akbar went on an 'inspection' and then met Birbal. We had high expectations from Birbal. I was expecting a subtle sense of humor, not the BIG LAUGHING FACES and Jokes being cracked in Diwan-e-Khas. To me the treatment was Royal. It was plain humor, in my language. I am looking forward to his role in future..He was a soldier, a singer, and a poet. It's too early to decide now.!! At present, in our show, Akbar is around 22 and Birbal is 37..!!
Meanwhile, we saw, Jodha in labor pains, in the Jungle. While Ruqayya and Moti try their best to support her. They shift her from the palanquin to a dilapidated bullock-cart with some straw. I did NOT like the fact that so much drama was shown to us, with scenes from Amer, where Shaguni Bai was constantly harping with her MA's curse obsession.
I found this scene, straight from a typical Balaji Production. It was a WAY TOO MUCH dramatized for extraction of maximum possible TRP juice.. And, about MA's curse obsession - Well.! like yesterday, i choose to ignore this, as i am a believer in the Karmic theory, which i explained in yesterday's post. Why to discuss it more, for one's own sanity..!!
In the end of the episode, we saw Jalal worried about Jodha and the entourage, as it was getting late and the queens had not arrived. Hamida and Salima were praying for the 'Salamati' of Jodha and her kids. The episode ends with Ruqayya entering before Jalal, informing her about "Jodha and her children....... in a choking voice" . Jalal is shocked to see the blood stained hands and clothes of Ruqayya.
I wish that at least the delivery of twins is shown in the Royal Palace of Agra, with all arrangements. I am hopeful of this.
The twins have arrived and we saw twins, in the hands of 2 different ladies. And, as usual, we have Shaguni Bai, side by side who harps again on MA's curse..
One historical point i would like to mention here, based on Precap. We saw two ladies holding the kids, and taking care of the twins, while their mother was recovering.
Historically, i have read names of two ladies in this regard, they were Berijah Begum(mother of Asaf Khan, not to be confused with Nur Jahan's brother) and wife of Zain Khan Koka. Husain was taken care of, by the former and Hasan, the latter.
You all are welcome to share your views, and discuss the episode...
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