As part of UK/India 2017, the BFI National Archive’s restoration of an Indian/ British/ German co-production Shiraz was announced. The film will premiere as the Archive Gala at the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express on 14 October, 2017 at the Barbican in London, UK.
The silent film Shiraz tells the love story of the 17th century princess Shah Jahan who inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal. Planning is now underway for the film, which has rarely been seen in India since 1928, to be screened in Agra, India once again with the Taj Mahal forming a backdrop to the event.
Both screenings will be accompanied by a live performance of a specially commissioned score by the Indian composer and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Subsequently Shiraz will screen at festivals and cinemas across India as a powerful symbol of the partnership between India and the UK.