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Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 14, 2012
Ekta Kapoor, who rarely deviates from her formula of portraying family intricacies in her television soaps, is now set to bring the historical saga Jodha Akbar to the small screen. Being very particular about all her projects, Ekta will travel across India to many cities and attend every audition personally to handpick the right actors for the roles of Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu wife Jodha bai.

A source close to the production house reveals that she has started a countrywide search for the lead faces of the serial. “She has so far visited auditions in Mumbai, Bhopal, Kolkata and Pune. Ekta has subjected every aspirant to various kind of look tests to get the exact look that she has conceived for Jodha and Akbar,” says the source. The source adds that Ekta has also changed her Facebook status saying that she is looking for fresh faces for Jodha and Akbar.

When Ekta was contacted about this, she confirmed the whole development. Describing her rigorous search for a perfect couple, she says, “It’s tough to cast faces that have an enigma and old world charm, that are not very synthetic. They should look raw and less plastic. While casting for an era about 500 odd years ago, you realise that every face has to be looked at carefully.”

Ekta is certain that she won’t compromise in the process of getting the right pair for the serial. “She has decided to continue this vigorous search many times over, if required, until she gets the right pair for the serial,” says the source.