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Who's who in Jodhaa Akbar

Most of us know the story of Mughal emperor Akbar and his controversial wife, Jodhaa. But there are in fact, many more characters who made this love story unique and interesting.

rediff.com takes a look at some of the important supporting characters in the film.

Mirza Shariffuddin Hussain
Played by: Nikitin Dheer

Role: Mirza Shariffuddin Hussain was Akbar's brother-in-law. He was married to Akbar's sister, Bakshi Bano Begum. He is one of the best fighters in the kingdom and therefore, he feels that he will make a better emperor than Akbar.

About Nikitin: I went to Ashutosh sir (Gowariker) for work but he told me he did not have a role for me in Jodhaa Akbar. He asked me to give an audition so that he could get back to me in future. But when he saw my audition, he liked it so much that he immediately gave me a role.

Since that was a big decision, I told him that I needed to consult my father (actor Pankaj Dheer) first. I spoke to my father, and then came on board.

I'm very realistic. I knew no one would want to come to the theatre to watch me in a lead role in a film. I would have to prove myself first. So I choose to act in a big banner, even though the role was negative.

It was great working with Hrithik. Whenever I got stuck or worried about a scene, he would help me take a decision. When he saw the film, he liked the way I acted.

I had no scene with Aishwraya but she is the most beautiful woman here. No one can be better than her for Jodhaa's role.

It was great learning experience working with Ashutosh sir. His camera angles are very good. You learn something good everyday.

I was fascinated with acting since I was seven or eight years old. I would see how happy and satisfied my father was with his work. Some of my friend's father would come home late and night and barely get any time with their kids. But I was lucky because during my holidays, I could go on the sets with him. That's when I decided that I would be actor.

I trained myself for 10 years in various kinds of martial arts training and also dance with Saroj Khan. I also learnt acting during theatre rehearsals though I never acted on stage.

After Jodhaa Akbar, I have a three-film contract with Suniel Shetty's Popkorn Entertainment. My first film with them is Mission Istanbul.

Text: Patcy N, Syed Firdaus Ashraf

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