“Khwaja mere khwaja” from Jodha Akbar

Jodha Akbar
Jodha Akbar: Aishwarya Rai as Princess Jodha Bai

I happened to watch Jodha Akbar in the theater for more than once. Rather, I chose to. I liked a lot of things about the film, especially the song “khwaja mere khwaja“. Interestingly, it turns out that the track wasn’t originally meant for the movie; AR Rahman had composed it sometime back for himself to listen to. A regular visitor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti shrine for a decade and a half, Rahman agreed to let Ashutosh Gowarikar use it in the film “only if gets the respect it deserves”.

In the film, a group of white clad Sufi mystics from Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti sing this song to Emperor Akbar in the open amidst burning torches. As words of praise for the saint start pouring with the gripping beat, it enchants the audience. The chorus and the singing elevates the listeners to their higher selves. Young emperor Akbar’s uninterrupted fixed look reflects his intense involvement. As the song progresses,  the seated group of singers who are now completely in a trance rise and with one hand raised, start dancing still singing Khwajaji’s name.  As the chanting increases, Akbar shuts his eyes for a moment and as if in a flash, slips into a divine trance, rises from his seat oblivious to the people around him and joins the dancing singers! With one hand raised with his gaze towards the sky, he loses touch with this world to enter a higher one, which is the hallmark of the song!

Jodha bai (Aishwarya rai) during the song Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodha Akbar.
Jodha bai (Aishwarya rai) in the women’s quarters during the song Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodha Akbar.

Composed an sung by Rahman himself, “khwaja mere khwaja” certainly generates a strong spiritual sentiment in its listeners. Once you listen to it, the song keeps playing in your mind for a long time. In the film, it tries to successfully establish a strong spiritual inclination as part of Akbars character which possibly lends him wisdom while making several significant decisions in the capacity of an Emperor who is still young. I was appalled to notice how some viewers ridiculed Akbars reaction. Probably this cross-section is not conditioned to think or expect beyond the mediocre confines set by the commerical Indian cinema. So they dont know how to handle it. According to me, this song has set a remarkable precedent for filmakers now and in time to come.

4 thoughts on ““Khwaja mere khwaja” from Jodha Akbar

  1. This is one of the most touching aspect of the movie .. simply brilliant ; its sad to see people not understanding and having a laugh . i too have seen the movie more than once (thrice !) and cant wait for the dvd to come out .

    i am more than happy with the way JA turned out , i had huge expectations as m a big hrithik and Ashutosh gowarikar fan (swades is still his finest ) .

    anyway , good to see at least few people with common taste .

    Tc ..

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    1. Hi there!
      This is crazy but I don’t know how I missed the comments here. My apologies for not replying!
      Yes- good to see more people like us 🙂 Also, I love the way they showed the fine emotions between Jodha and Akbar so beautifully!
      Thanks for stopping by (6 years back!)!


  2. Hey gr8!
    The song was gr8 in its own accord.
    But wy 2 expect people understand.if u understand it you ve nt understand it.:)
    ny way the movie was nt dat gr8.it was simply a race horse.


  3. Sujit,
    Replying after a “while”- my apologies.
    Agree that there should be no expectation from others to be having the same taste and likes as oneself. But again, that what the reason for the origin of this post 🙂
    And lets agree to disagree on the movie shall we? 🙂 I thought it was beautiful!


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