The man is intrigued by India, or so it seems, what with films like Lagaan , Swades and now the much celebrated romance of Jodhaa Akbar forming his spectrum of victories. He is consciously that Indian by heart. He thinks the patriotism comes to each of us naturally. He finds Lagaan patriotic, while Swades was nationalistic. And now Jodhaa Akbar belongs to another genre of Indianness altogether.
Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai were the most obvious choices to play the title roles, we are informed. The lead actors were chosen largely because of their physical persona combined by acting talent. Akbar was a warrior. He needed someone with the physique; also he needed an actor who would look regal without trying hard. Hrithik is a tremendous actor and can adapt himself physically to a character very well. This he noticed in Koi Mil Gaya , while he was impressed with Aishwarya in Chokher Bali , where she was bereft of any external embellishments that explains by Ashutosh. There was no problem between Ash and Hrithik. Once Ash returned to shoot, it was as normal as it had always been. Both actors were very professional.