Jodha Akbar's April 3rd episode: Salim goes to darga and pays respect to the soul of Anarkali’s dead father. He meets Anarkali and expresses his love. Anarkali refrains from accepting it, as she thinks that it would be an illicit affair.
Akbar is informed that the people of the Mughal kingdom are being stopped from going to Haj. Even his own sister Bakshi Banu faces the same thing. He understands that Shah Iran has started executing his order, as Jodha is not converted to Islam.
Rukaiya proposes that Salim’s crowning should be stopped. Jodha fears that Salim would feel insulted. Akbar says that he cannot stop the function; it will take place as scheduled by him.
The ambassadors of Shah Iran attend the crowning function. Everyone waits to see Salim being crowned as the next Emperor. But Akbar says that he is crowning Murad for the position, as he is born of a Muslim mother.
Everyone is shocked except the messengers of Iran. They think that Akbar has taken a wise decision to avoid his conflict with Shah Iran. Jodha comes to talk with Salim after the ceremony is over.
Salim says that he has no problem if the Emperor wants to crown Murad as his heir, but he feels insulted for the pretension made by Akbar. Jodha tells Salim that there must be some reason.
Jodha crosses Akbar for his shocking and disastrous decision. Akbar explains that in the last meeting with his officers he decided to place Murad as the next King. When he was angry with Shah Iran’s action, his officers told him that his state had been through a tough time in the last few months; another war would create nothing else than destruction.
Akbar understood that he has to play a brain game with Iran. So, he decided to make a temporary pretension of comprise, only to take some time to find out a strategy. Akbar also says that he did not share it with Salim in the fear that Salim’s face could make him weak.