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).



2-15 February
BFI Southbank

2-8 February
HOME Manchester

10-12 February
Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast


8 March
Northern Light Cinema

9-12 March
Eden Court, Inverness

31 March
Chichester Cinema at New Park

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