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Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ Stirs Controversy

  • By PTI

  • Aug 15, 2013
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Ekta Kapoor (third right) of Balaji Telefilms is seen with the cast of Zee TV show “Jodha Akbar” in this file photo.
  • JAIPUR, India

    After activists of Sri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) held protest demonstrations demanding the withdrawal of television serial “Jodhaa Akbar,” producer Ekta Kapoor Aug. 15 said that she would amend the show by changing its name and character. 

    Kapoor, who is the producer of the Zee TV show, flew to Jaipur to hold talks with SRKS convener Lokendra Singh Kalvi.

    “We are committed to the fact that no caste, community or religions will be shown in a bad light by us. We cannot stop the serial ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ as Zee is also a party to it, and there are certain contractual obligations among ourselves and third parties.

    “As a producer of the serial, we will consider changing the name of the show and the character’s name. We have discussed the issue with SRKS now; if their (SRKS) demand is not met, I openly say at this public forum that there would be no involvement of Balaji’s in the said TV show. I will abide by my decision in the future, too,” said Kapoor.

    SRKS had claimed that the period drama had “distorted” the history of the Rajputs.

    “The character Jodhaa, as depicted in the serial, had never existed in the Rajput history of Rajasthan nor with Akbar,” Kalvi had said.  

    “If I have hurt any religion or community, whether Rajput or any other caste, I am apologizing for it, “ Kapoor said.

    The group had even barred the release of Kapoor’s upcoming film “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara” in the state, but now they have given it a green signal.

    “After a meeting with the Karni Sena chief Kalvi, it is decided that our new film ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara’ will be shown in Rajasthan’s theaters forthwith,” Kapoor said.

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