With Zee TV’s historical magnum opus ‘Jodha Akbar’ having scaled an impressive 8025 TVTs (Television Viewership in Thousands) in Week 38, the show is rapidly racing up the viewership charts and finding its place amongst the top-rated shows on Indian television. It is, in fact, the highest rated historical costume drama on television. It is evident through the show’s success that audiences across the country have loved Zee TV’s interpretation of one of history’s most intriguing chapters.
Zee TV’s ‘Jodha Akbar’ presents viewers with Akbar’s journey from being ‘Akbar the Warrior’ to ‘Akbar the Great’ and the role Jodha played in this transformation. The show captures how Jodha’s love had a calming influence on Akbar, gradually turning the fiery, aggressive braveheart into a benevolent king and a better ruler with great appreciation for art, culture and love for his people.
The show, so far, has captured the trying circumstances that led to Jodha-Akbar’s marriage – how it was a union based on political power-play rather than true love. But the story is now set to take a new turn that will find Jodha and Akbar gradually warming up to each other …!
Over the past few weeks, Akbar (Rajat Tokas)was all set to sentence Jodha (Paridhi Sharma) to death, if it was discovered that she‘s responsible for his first wife Rukaiya’s (Lavina Tandon) miscarriage. However, Akbar learns that Jodha is innocent while it is a lookalike of his trusted advisor Mahamanga (Ashwini Kalsekar) who is behind this act of treason. While out hunting, Jodha is attacked by a tiger. Akbar rushes to her rescue and saves her from the paws of the predator. As Akbar gets brutally injured in the process, Jodha goes to great lengths to nurse him back to health and it is in her tender, loving care that Akbar first finds his heart softening towards his wife. Watch this spark turn into a fire of strong steadfast love that transforms a warrior into a benevolent king as documented through history books.
Ajay Bhalwankar, Head- Content, Hindi GECS, ZEEL said, “We’re extremely glad to see that ‘Jodha Akbar’ has been received so well by the audiences. The success of the show establishes that the audiences are genuinely enjoying and appreciating the unexplored facets of Jodha Akbar’s relationship we’ve brought to the forefront. While the audiences have so far seen the resentment, negativity and misgivings with which Jodha-Akbar’s relationship began, we are now moving into an all-new phase of their relationship where an incident serves as a catalyst and sparks off finer feelings for the first time between the two. The epic romance between the royal couple is all set to unfold and we hope that the audience enjoys this new beginning to Jodha Akbar’s journey of love.”
“The tremendous success of ‘Jodha Akbar’ has reaffirmed my belief that viewers across the country are as fascinated with this epic love story as I have been since day one. It’s a story about the power of love and its ability to transform someone into a better human being. It is relevant and relatable to present times as well. In India, historicals are more incident-based. But we are focusing on the human stories, characterizations that focus on inter-personal relationships, the politics, how the characters think and communicate. Watching the show grow from a mere thought to being one of the most popular shows on television is extremely fulfilling. I think all the actors and the entire crew of the show are doing a fabulous job! I hope that viewers continue to give us the same love and support all through.” Says Ekta Kapoor, producer, Balaji Telefilms.