Jodha is talking to one of her care-takers about Akbar's strict behaviour. Akbar enters the room. But, Jodha not noticing Akbar continues to talk. Jodha suddenly turns her back and to her surprise finds Akbar there. Bakshi Banu is thankful to Jodha but is missing her husband. Akbar decides to play a game of chess with Jodha. Although he plays it always with Rukaiyaa Begum, he decides play the game with Jodha for a change. Akbar wins the game. But is not happy as he feels Jodha lost it on purpose. Jodha asks Akbar to give Bakshi Banu a gift on the ocassion of her Godh Bharai. She wants Akbar to release Bakshi Banu's husband Shareef-ud-din from prison as a gift to Bakshi Banu. Rukaiyaa is upset with Akbar. Akbar tells her that he enjoyed the game of chess with Jodha like never before.
Jodha Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a political marriage of convenience saga between a Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa. But much more then that it's the marriage of contrasts.