Saturday, November 18, 2006
Jaipur, UNI: Ashutosh Gowarikar's historical magnum opus
Akbar-Jodha seems to be running into rough weather every
now and then. Already being opposed by Rajputs for distorting the
historical facts, the Hrithik-Aishwarya starrer has now received a notice from the
Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on the use of
animals in the film.
SPCA has shot a letter to Gowarikar asking him whether he has
taken the required permission from the Animal Welfare Board of
India for using animals in the shooting. Gowarikar is likely to use
elephants, horses and camels for his war and palace scenes.
On the other hand, the Rajput Karni Sena are holding protests in
Bikaner, Jodhpur and Sriganganagar over stalling the shooting,
which is currently on at Jaipur's several locations.
Mr Rajveer Singh, state vice president, Karni Sena told UNI.
''We plan to protest by damaging their cameras and shooting
equipment,'' said Mr Singh.
The Rajputs claim there was no love between the Hindu princess
married to Emperor Akbar.''How can Gowarikar depict it as a love
story when it was only a marriage of compromise,'' they asked.
The Rajputs also say Akbar's Hindu wife was not called Jodha bai
as is being shown in the fim as there is no historical character by
the name even in Akbar's biography Akbarnama.
However, Akbar-Jodha's shooting continues unabated
amidst tight security. The media entry has been banned completely.
It is being filmed at the historic Amer Fort, the seat of Jaipur's
The shooting at Ramgarh, a few kms from here, was wrapped up
yesterday, where scenes showing preparations for Akbar's marriage