Jodal says right but you don’t meet people, they are away from you, you cant meet every person, you are connected to them with the thread of your ministers but when this thread is broken then common man suffers, you have to understand their problem you have to go inbetween them then you will understand corruption, he says you go to them in disguise but you should go frequently, so ministers will be afraid that you are connected to people and also we will catch corrupt, jalal says now I understand your point.
in market, jalal atgah and todal comes there in disguise, todal ask did you come here before? Jalal says yes but didnt buy anything, one shopkeeper is selling rice in high price, todal says in mathura it is of less price, shopkeeper says then go to mathura, jalal looks at him. He goes to another shopkeeper who have more price, shopkeeper says my rice is good, he says price is more than mathura because we have to give bribe to ministers too, jalal is stunned., he says if you want to buy then give money otherwise get lost. Jalal gets angry and says you know to whom you are talking? Todal stops jalal, shopkeeper says he thinks himself as jalal. Jalal ask todal whether in mathura it sell on less price? Todal says and shopkeeper was right they have to give bribe, jalal ask atgah to gather ministers. Jalal sees soldiers asking money from people, people say you are doing injustice, atgah is informed that they are hindu yatries and tax is taken from them, jalal recalls how he was asked this tax when he was with jodha, hindus says they dont listen to us, they didnt even listen to jodha, jalal is stunned.
Jalal ask soldier to not beat them, soldier says if he will stop them, eh says that he will beat jalal too as he is taking side of hindus being muslim. jalal ask atgah to bring meeting on this matter.
jalal is in jodha’s room, he recalls how they were given bad food when didn’t pay tax, jalal is tensed and looks at jodha’s portrait, he caresses it and says in your absence I talk to your painting, he sees some box and and gets flashback of when he once came to jodha and ask what you put in this box? jodha says I save coins which I get from shahi money so that I can help poor, I give it in mandir and also to someone who cant pay yatra tax,
jalal says to jodha that you are saying that tax taken from hindu yatries is not valid, jodha says I cant say anything, I can advise you but you are sheehnshah and decision is yours, she says tell me one thing if you are going to some dargah and you are asked for tax which distracts your prayers then how will you feel, fb ends, jalal looks at coins and jewels and is sad, he says I now understand what you were trying to say but couldn’t understand, now when you are gone I am understanding this.
in court, jalal brings some hindus who were complaining yesterday, they say we respect you a lot but we are being forced to follow many orders, they ask us more and more money for yatra(pilgrimage), aren’t we also part of this state? are you only shehenshah of muslims, atgah ask them to behave properly, jalal says its ok, hindus says we are always scolded is this justice, jalal says nobody will stop you today say what you want, they say we feel like killing ourself, we feel like leaving our homes, our fault is we are hindus?
jalal says not your fault but my fault as I couldn’t see problems of my people, I now feel this tax is burden so I am announcing to remove this tax, atgah says but this tax is collected from many years, jalal says I told you earlier that if something is happening from year then that doesn’t mean its right, . jalal says it is unfair to collect money for prayers, will my god allow me to collect this money? it is unfair to collect interest in islam, it hurts man, if I stop them from prayers will they not curse me? munim and atgah agrees, he ask atgah to bring that solders who were beating them, jalal ask with whom order you were beating common hindus, with whom order you were taking more tax, soldier bluntly denies it and says nothing of that sort happened you are mistaken.
jalal says I was there and I stopped you, he says this is all unfair, he ask to beat these soldiers and put them behind bars and take their property, jalal ask to bring shopkeeper who was seeling at hight price, jalal shouts on them that you corrupted people will not allow me to rise, he ask tham on whom order you were selling on more price, jalal says take shops from them and find which ministers are involved. he ask todal to bring honest shopkeepers and keep eye on all, this is serious matter, adham thinks what happened to jalal? jalal says king is like father to nation and when people say they will kill themselves then its shameful to listen,
I accept tax is important but not on cost of lives, tax is collected for good, qazi says we are with you but removing yatra tax is not good jalal says then every muslim will pay tax too, qazi says what are you saying, jalal says all are equal for me whether hindu and muslim, qazi says you are deviating from rules, jalal says king is for hindus and muslims both and don’t forget all are my people, agriculture is developed by hindu and muslim too, adham and baghwan das both took wounds for me, todal and atgah both serves me when god sends rain it is sent to both hindu and muslim house, qazi says you are ignoring muslims, you are putting hindus in palace too, jalal says we honest and worthy people, I took that people who will serve us good,
jalal says our people betray more, one minister says it will burden finance, adham says if we remove yatra tax then from where will money come for expenses of government, jalal says says valid question, he ask todal to tell if we remove tax then how much will it effect finance of government, todal says it will effect initially but then people will praise you so roits will be less which will be good, prople will be happy by this, qazi says this is wrong, jalal says enough I told you to not speak in politics and if anybody is not satisfied that he can leave, people are important for me, I am announcing that yatra tax will not be taken from now on, he ask atgah to tell this in other states, salima and hamida are happy.
Atgah hands the no tax order to the messengers and they are ordered to hand them over to the respective overlords, chieftains , governors .. The messengers are strictly instructed to convey to the said overlords and governors Any violation of the order will result in harsh punishment.
A announcement is made in public places that the Lagaan(tax) has been abolished and henceforth Hindus will not be paying any Lagaans.in a deserted place
Pratap is praying when his messenger informs him about Jalal’s decision to abolish the Lagaan Tax . The Incisive mind of Pratap immediately grasps the difficulties that Jalal ‘s decision has thrown up..He is sure now that Hiindu subjects will support him as the sore spot has been removed .. but Pratap is undeterred ..He swears to oppose Jalal at every turn as he is a invader. The Rajputs are impressed.
In agra, Moti and some Hindu Servants wish to see Jalal; Jalal orders them in .. They sing praises of Jalal’s broadmindedness and thank him for removing the tax. Moti adds that had Jodha been here , she too would have been elated ..Jalal hopes that this news does reach Jodha and she at least will remember him on this pretext.
Jodha is praying to Kali maa, Saguni Bai informs Jodha Begum that her time to depart has come .. Jodha smilingly agrees and says she has completed her prayers and will be leaving soon..saguni corrects her pointing out that she had called her Jodha Begum and not Kunwri Jodha .. Jodha is puzzled, she falteringly replies that she has not understood Saguni’s cryptic talk.. Saguni grows even more enigmatic, retorts that destiny is always inscrutable ..
Jodha walks out .
in agra, Hamida and Jalal have a chat.. Hamida has begun to treat Jalal as the King addressing him respectfully ..Hamida hesitantly brings up the issue of Maham and involving her in running of government.. Jalal doesnt agree with her.
in amer, Jodha is handing out coins to Hindu pilgrims so that they can pay the tax for pilgrimage when a maid comes hurrying , tells Jodha that a messenger from Agra has come with the news that Lagaan has been abolished .. Jodha is very surprised and comes out from temple , she is ecstatic to hear everyone singing praises of Jalal. Jodha realizes that Jalal’s heart has awakened.
Jodha says she began to recollect each and every word that he had said.. we get the flashback of Jalal apologizing, of all the other moments…
in agra, maham is in her room, gnashing her teeth n riling against the overweening influence of Jodha .. maham is angry that jalal is veering towards Hinduism away from Islam, She blames Jodha for this change. Hamida walks into Maham’s room.. Hamida and maham engage in conversation..Hamida informs Maham that her faults have been many but at the same time, Hamida says one cannot overlook Maham’s contribution and her sacrifices .. Hamida encourages Maham to try and decrease the distance between jalal and herself.. Hamida points out that Jalal still respects her hence he has overlooked many faults of Adham and hers.. Hamida wishes the best for Maham n leaves.. Maham who was looking all broken with tears rolling down her cheeks gets back to cruel mode again.
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