The Chittor war occurred some 2.5 years after the demise of the twins. But it seems to have been preponed to just after the twins' demise, using their deaths as justification for the war. How sick can the CVs get!?
As far as natakiya roopantars (NR) go, I understand that some leeway has to be made for creative liberties to be taken. But there are times and places for NR and there are times and places where NR must not be used as an excuse to blatantly and insensitively justify the unjustifiable by fabricating details, as per convenience. In the fact cum fiction conundrum of JA, the Chittor war undeniably happened. Either it should have been completely omitted. Or it should have been handled with extreme caution, so as not to hurt anyone's sentiments and to avoid tampering with history.
Personally, I do not agree that Akbar was turned into a jallad by the death of his twins and therefore went out to wage war in that frame of mind, to show God that he was still powerful, as we saw last night (Oct 17).
Many people are unaware of the significance of the Chittor war and treat it as just another war that Akbar fought. It is therefore even more critical to present this war in the proper light so that the vast majority of Indians can better understand what exactly happened in Chittor and how even a great emperor could massacre thousands of innocent people who had the temerity to resist his might for 4 months.
To simply suggest that Akbar was driven by the tragic death of his 2 innocent babies into a ruthless war-monger, who wanted to show God that he was still powerful by massacring innocent people, is gut-wrenchingly sickening. As it is, the poor babies lost their lives most sadly. To pin the blame for such a gruesome war on their death is just terrible!
I fail to understand this Jalal we are watching now. What are the CVs trying to show? That he is a ruthless expansionist? He seems more like a coward to me, who is unwilling to accept responsibility for his failure to protect his children and blaming his innocent wife and the mother of the babies instead of neglect leading to their death.
First and foremost, Akbar and MUZ did not have a fallout after the demise of their twins or any other child. People, who say it is fine to show the fallout as NR because in all shows, the leads keep falling out and reuniting, forget that this is not the fictional story of 2 imaginary characters. Some respect has to be maintained for the legends involved.
Even in the West, no dramatization ever exceeds its limits and shows false details as part of its creative license.
Even if the two had to be shown as growing apart, they could have been shown to be weighed down by guilt and remorse and drifting apart emotionally, without assassinating the character of Jodha.
Be that as it may, enough has been said about it elsewhere.
The CVs then applied their twisted logic to use the tragedy as an excuse to justify Akbar's war against the Rajputana stronghold of Mewar / Chittor.They showed that Akbar was openly going for the war, whereas he had approached Chittor quietly, using a hunting trip as a camouflage for his real intentions.
It was further shown that Akbar had tried to engage Rana Udai Singh in negotiations that had failed and was "forced" to fight the war. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
If watching the justification for Akbar's actions is not bad enough in itself, we have to bear the antics of Ruqaiyya, who seems to be becoming more powerful and more in-our-face (than even Akbar) by the day.
It is difficult to understand her constant tirade against Jodha even now, considering that Ruqaiyya's position now seems stronger whereas Jodha has been relegated to the far corners of the Agra fort by Jalal.
Hamida Bano and Salima Begum had a hard time, trying to explain Jodha's dilemma to Ruqaiyya to little success. Ruqaiyya has a closed mind that refuses to let in any ideas other than her own or those of people similar to her.
And it's equally difficult to see her smirking all the time, even when Jalal is going to wage a war and everyone else is downcast. Perhaps she feels that the heartless, ruthless Jalal is the Jalal she knows and can manipulate to her advantage and gain power. She may also be happy that this Jalal is not Jodha's Jalal and has distanced her from his life, seemingly forever.
Hamida Bano and Salima Begum are still hpeful that Jodha would be able to win over Jalal with her love. But shouldn't they also be concerned about how she has been unfairly blamed for a crime she didn't commit?
I can understand Jalal's impassioned pleas to his men and his cruel laughter before the war. I can imagine the real Akbar may have been in a somewhat similar mood before venturing out on the war trail.
Jodha tried her best to understand the reasons why Akbar was fighting this war.She impressed yesterday as the Rajput queen caught between her husband on one side and the Rajputs fighting for Mewar on the other side. As she said,whoever won the war, she and the Rajputs of Amer would be the losers. My heart went out to those Amer soldiers who had to fight their own people on behalf of the Mughals. It was an extremely challenging situation and, to their credit, they maintained the Rajput tradition of loyalty to their commander, Jalal.
Whatever his personal equation with Jodha, Jalal trusted Raja Bharmal enough to leave him in charge of the Agra fort and its harem. This had really happened too, I believe, during some war. The absence of Raja Bhagwandas was sorely felt yesterday. Can't the PH find one decent actor for this role????
After many days, Bakshi Bano came out of her hojra to bid her brother farewell.She was conspicuously missing when everyone was mourning the death of the twins. Even now, though Bakshi is visible, her husband is missing. Has he gone to his new posting already, leaving his wife and daughter behind?
One last point: The wives of the Rajput soldiers were giving their jewelry to their hsubands going to war. Jodha commented that there was no one to take care of the Rajputs who fell during the course of the battle and needed money to survive. This is my doubt. Didn't Akbar take care of his Rajput soldiers, when he used them to strengthen his army?
The precap is alarming. The war took around 4 months to conclude. But it seems the CVs wish to wind up the war in just one episode.? Why is Akbar already walking among the dead? Let's see.
Jodha's sensitive soul is stirred by the red skies and she knows from her childhood that red skies can only mean one thing - Jauhar of innocent women and children.
Let's see what the CVs have in store for us on Monday. Fingers crossed!
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