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Ashutosh keeping up his reputation

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Friday, March 17, 2006

New Delhi(UNI): The Oscar nomination for his film 'Lagaan' in the Best Foreign Film category almost overnight catapulted this filmmaker into "the big league".'Lagaan' may not have eventually won the Oscar, losing it narrowly to Bosnia's 'No Man's Land', but it has nevertheless established Ashutosh Gowarikar in India as well as the West as among the new breed of Indian filmmakers propounding sensible cinema.

With universal acclaim comes a "load of expectations" both from within as well as outside the country and, with his subsequent film 'Swades', and now for his under production 'Akbar Jodha', Ashutosh is seen taking pains to ensure that he measures up to "tall expectations" from the audience as well as critics.True to his reputation of a filmmaker giving painstaking attention to detail in his films, of which 'Lagaan' and his subsequent 'Swades' were perfect examples, Ashutosh is now busy researching for his period film 'Jodha-Akbar', a "romantic musical" which will focus on the romance between Mughal emperor Akbar and his queen Jodhabai.Ashutosh, who has already finalised the script of the film starring Hrithik Roshan as Emperor Akbar and Aishwarya Rai as Jodhabhai, is now consulting eminent historians to ensure that his film is historically accurate.

Trade sources say, 'Jodha-Akbar' will be prequel to the 60s blockbuster 'Mughal-e-Azam', in that it deals with the period before Akbar reached the age of 27.Beginning with Akbar-e-Azam (Akbar) ascending the throne in India at the young age of 13, following the death of his father, Mughal emperor Humayun, the film will show how he goes on to become a great ruler of a big empire. As is evident from the film's title, a major part of it deals with Emperor Akbar's romance and subsequent marriage with Rajput princess Jodhabhai, the sources said.

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