This epic movie made tabloid headlines thanks to its big budget, vast sprawling sets, accomplished actors such as Aishwarya Rai and Hritik Roshan in leading roles, soul-stirring music, elaborate war scenes, excellent cinematography and, of course, stunningly gorgeous outfits and jewellery. Set in the 16th century, it is an endearing tale of how Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar (Hritik Roshan) fell in love with a Rajput princess Jodha Bai (Aishwarya Rai) after they were subjected to a ‘politically arranged’ marriage, much to Jodha’s dismay. A film about royal dynasties, the outfits are justifiably lavish and extravagant, not to forget the gorgeous traditional jewellery that, ironically, created new trends. While Jodha (Aishwarya Rai) and other Rajput women look gorgeous shown dressed in Ghagras with short Cholis and net Dupatta, the women at the Mughal court are clad in flared Anarkali suits.
Traditional flared Lehengas with short cholis featuring short sleeves would be ideal. It’s all about draping the Dupatta in the right way: net Dupattas with embellished panels along the border draped similar to the Gujrati style of draping the pallu at the front and over the right shoulder, would be the key feature of this ethnic look. If you wish to be more contemporary, opt for a Lehenga Style Sari instead of a traditional Lehenga-Choli.
Gorgeous necklace sets are imperative. Finally, a ‘maang teeka’ and a simple red bindi complete your ‘Jodha’ look.
As for the ‘Akbar’ look for men, regal Sherwanis in classic shades of beige, cream, off white and pale golden, preferably with a long embellished jacket, would be great.
Coupled with the right regal attitude, be prepared to fetch some royal admiration!!