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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Akbar a benevolent ruler doing what he thinks is best for the country and trying to negotiate peace between various ethnicities and religions... or is he a self-important tyrant with no regard for human life, drenched in what we now would call toxic masculinity? The story honestly allows for both interpretations; Jodha weeping and fearing for her son, Salim himself delivering long diatribes against his father later on, and the Sculptor sneering about Akbar's injustice certainly do not help.
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  • It Was His Sled - Everyone knows how the legend ends. Badly.
  • Les Yay: Bahar's exchange with another, unnamed courtesan (when the former is seen wearing a crown) is... oddly homoerotic.
  • Values Dissonance: A lot of it, the most obvious being the whole Parental Marriage Veto and class inequality thing, on which the plot hinges. Salim's behaviour towards Anarkali is downright abusive at times; Jodha is absolutely mortified when her supposedly loving husband Akbar declares that she's no longer his wife, which leads her to choose her marriage over the very life of her only son.
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