Shiraz: A Romance of India

In cinemas 2 February

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning Anoushka Shankar.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).

Venues

February

2-15 February
BFI Southbank

2-8 February
HOME Manchester

10-12 February
Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

March

8 March
Northern Light Cinema

9-12 March
Eden Court, Inverness

31 March
Chichester Cinema at New Park

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