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Jodhaa-Akbar defames Mughal dynasty: Descendant

Press Trust Of India
Apr 21, 2008 at 01:13am IST

Dubai: A sixth generation descendant of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, and his family are upset by "factual errors" in the blockbuster Jodhaa Akbar.

Prince Yakub Ziauddin Tucy has petitioned the Indian Supreme Court that the name Harkha Bai should be used in the movie instead of Jodha, so that the emperor Akbar and the Mughal dynasty will not be defamed, the Gulf News’s online edition said.

Jodhaa Akbar, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, tells the love story of Akbar and Jodhaa.

HISTORICAL ACCURACY: Prince Yakub petitioned SC to use the name of Harkha Bai instead of Jodha.

"Akbar's reign is looked upon as the golden period of India. The movie shows Jodhaa Bai as Akbar's wife, which is incorrect. Jodha Bai was his daughter-in-law and wife of Prince Salim, who was known as emperor Jahangir. We as descendants of the Mughal dynasty will not accept the distortion of historical facts," Tucy was quoted as saying in the report.

"Akbar did not marry Jodhaa Bai, the daughter of Mota Raja Udai Singh of Jodhpur. The truth is that Jodhaa Bai was born in 1572 and married to Akbar's son Jahangir," he added.

Tucy said he wanted the "future generations to learn a history of India that is based on facts," and not one that is twisted for commercial purpose.

Tucy, who is the managing director of the Mughal Educational Trust, also serves as the president of the Mughal Emperors Family Society. He has been appointed as the Mutwalli, or caretaker, of Mughal emperor Mohiuddin Mohammad Aurangzeb Alamgir at Khuldabad, located in the district of Aurangabad.

Prior to its release, the blockbuster starring Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan, ran into several controversies causing an uproar in the subcontinent. The film was initially banned in some parts of the country, but the ban was lifted on the order of the Supreme Court.

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