While Jodha is learning to write from a small child, Akbar notices her and goes to her. Akbar praises her for taking care of Rahim and calls her special. Rukaiyaa plans to spend time with the King alone. She decides to go on a boat ride with Akbar. She sends a message to Akbar about her plans. Shareef-ud-din secretly meets Abul. Shareef decides to help Abul in conquering Agra. Shareef-ud-din promises to hand over the King to Abul and in return wants Abul to ensure that no harm comes to any of the Begums. Akbar is upset at learning that many parts of his kingdom are being attacked. He takes away the responsibility given to Asad Khan and gives it to somebody else. Asad Khan sees this as an insult to himself.
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.