URDU AS/A2 Level Study Session: Jodhaa Akbar

Recommended for: AS, A2 and equivalent level Urdu

Capacity: 158 places

This in-depth study session is relevant to the A Level research-based essay component, as it will focus on literature and the arts. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the different characters, key themes, social and cultural settings and styles/techniques employed in Jodhaa Akbar. This is a sixteenth century love story between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa. The language used is simplified – Akbar speaks in Urdu, Jodhaa in Hindi – and this contrasting style and richness of the two languages will be analyzed in more detail. The session will also offer students a chance to gain a better understanding of Indian films and the role of Urdu language in a cultural context.

This event is open to 14-19 year olds and their personal tutors only.

Screening: Jodhaa Akbar (12A)

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker, India, 2007, 213mins. In Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles

This historical love story begins as a marriage of alliance between two cultures and religions, with the Hindu King Bharmal of Amer giving his daughter’s hand to Akbar. When Akbar accepts the marriage proposal, little does he know that he would in turn be embarking on a new journey – the journey of true love.

Download the Study Guide
For Urdu AS/A2 Level students and teachers. Using Jodhaa Akbar by director Ashutosh Gowariker as a catalyst for Urdu AS/A2 Level language exercises and discussion, this Study Guide includes pre, during and post screening activities based around the film and focuses on the themes: personal relationships, marriage of alliance between two cultures and religions (Muslim & Hindu), customs, traditions and the Mughal emperor. Written by Tahira Riyaz. Download it (Adobe PDF, 7MB)