What if the Rakhigarhians really did look like Hrithik Roshan?

Theories will be upset if reconstructed ancient Indian faces vindicate Gowarikar.

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Hrithik Roshan in 'Mohenjo Daro'.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that inhabitants of this subcontinent, whether from 4,500 years ago in Mohenjo Daro or merely 450 years ago — Emperor Akbar — looked like Hrithik Roshan, but the probability of either is equally low.

The latter premise is easily dismissed as there is enough pictographic evidence to show that the third Mughal emperor did not have either the facial features or the physique of the Punjabi Bollywood star. Contemporary accounts say the monarch was of medium height and stocky, and his nose had a bump. But whether the fictional Sarman from Mohenjo Daro (the city and the film) circa 2,500 BCE looked like a 21st-century green-eyed Indian is less easily ascertained.

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Hrithik Roshan in 'Jodha Akbar'. (Image: imdb)


So, the announcement that the faces of five skeletons excavated from the ancient city of Rakhigarhi in Haryana will soon be revealed via a reconstruction program developed by South Korean scientists assumes importance. Will director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s gamble pay off anthropologically even if the eponymous film got buried deeper than 'Mohenjo Daro' at the box office? Indeed, if the Rakhigarhians — calling them Harappans is inappropriate as Rakhigarhi’s establishment around 5,500 BCE makes it considerably older than the famous Indus Valley duo of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro — look even remotely like Hrithik Roshan, it will upset many theories.
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