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Shiraz: A Romance of India

This epic silent film tells the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal.

The screening on Friday 2 February 18:00 features a Q&A with composer Anoushka Shankar.

Image from Shiraz: A Romance of India

UK-Germany-India 1928
Dir Franz Osten
With Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy
With Anoushka Shankar score
Certificate U
A BFI release

Shiraz is based on the story of the 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, his queen and the building of the world’s most beautiful monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India with an all-Indian cast, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive with specially-commisioned score. The film was the brainchild of producer Himansu Rai, who also stars as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).

Bryony Dixon, Curator, Film & TV Fiction

The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Also available on BFI Player.

See our Seniors’ matinee + intro on Wednesday 14 February.

Commission of the new score supported using public funding by Arts Council England, alongside additional support from PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

See our screenings of Around India with a Movie Camera.

India on Film      UK IN

Arts Council England      PRS Foundation

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