Shiraz: a Romance of India
World premiere of the BFI National Archive’s latest restoration, an epic silent feature based on the story of the world’s most beautiful monument to love: the Taj Mahal.
The film will premiere as the Archive Gala at the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®
Photograph: Deutsche Kinemathek
Dir Franz Osten
Prod. Himansu Rai, PC. British Instructional Films, UFA, Himansu Rai Film
Based on play by Niranjan Pal
Ph. Henry Harris, Emil Schunemann
With Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi
Shiraz: a Romance of India is an epic silent feature based on the story of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, his queen and the building of the world’s most beautiful monument to love: the Taj Mahal. The brainchild of star and producer Himansu Rai, this remarkable British-Indian-German co-production was shot entirely on location in India and features gorgeous settings and costumes. Rai plays the humble Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart when she is sold to the future Shah Jahan. Shiraz is ultimately fated to design the queen’s iconic mausoleum. Commissioned by the BFI, the new score by world-renowned sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will be performed live at the Barbican Hall with a hand-picked eight-piece ensemble of musicians playing Indian and western instruments.
Tickets from £17.50.
Read more about Shiraz: a Romance of India and the Archive Gala screening.
The British Film Institute is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
Restoration made possible thanks to Film is Fragile donors.
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