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Updated: June 14, 2013 19:57 IST

In the lap of history

S. M. Aamir
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Rajat Tokas plays Akbar
Special Arrangement Rajat Tokas plays Akbar

An upcoming serial promises to showcase Akbar’s transformation from a warrior to a benevolent king

Television has had its share of historical and mythological serials. While the success of Tipu Sultan is truly memorable, there have been other popular serials like Akbar The Great, Jhansi Ki Rani, Veer Shivaji and so on. Aiming to continue in the lofty tradition is Santram Verma who will be directing the show Jodha Akbar. The serial has no correlation with the film of the same name which starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. It is much more low key with Rajat Tokas playing the lead role of Akbar.

Only 22-year-old, Rajat, a Delhi boy, has earlier done many serials but playing the role of Akbar is going to be the most challenging one in his career. He was understandably shy and at a loss for words in his media interaction at Zee studios in Noida.

Rajat started his acting career as an eight-year-old. “I was swimming in a pool with my dad when a director of a show spotted me there and asked, if I was interested in acting. It was in the year 1998. The name of the show was Ek Nazar Ki Tamanna which was televised on Doordarshan. Before this I never had an idea of choosing acting as a career. Rajat was last seen on television playing the role of Prithviraj Chauhan. Says Rajat, “This one is going to be my fourth lead role in just eight years. Before this I have played lead roles in shows like Dharam Veer, Tere Liye and Prithvi Raj Chauhan. I feel playing Akbar will be the most challenging one. Akbar’s role is a powerful one. I have to give my best, nothing less than 100 per cent. I have not gone through any history books nor have I seen Akbar’s character elsewhere. I just try to observe things, rest depends on the director”. Being an expert in martial arts and horse riding gave him an edge over others in getting this role. Paridhi Sharma will be playing the character of Jodha.

Produced by Balaji Tele Films, Jodha Akbar promises to showcase Akbar’s journey from being Akbar the Warrior to Akbar The Great. The show will highlight how it was Jodha’s love that had a calming influence on him, transforming him froma brave warrior to a benevolent king and a better ruler with great appreciation for art, culture and love for his people.

The show will be aired on Zee TV every Monday to Friday at 8 p.m. starting 18th June.

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