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Charu Roy (Prince Khurram, later Shah Jahan) and Enakshi Rama Rau (Selima, later Mumtaz Mahal) in a still from the restored version of Shiraz  ©

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As part of UK/India 2017, the British Film Institute's National Archive has restored the Indian/ British/ German co-production Shiraz. Franz Osten’s sumptuous Indian silent classic has been meticulously remastered by the conservation team at the BFI National Archive. The film tells the story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal. Made in 1928, and shot on-location in Agra, Shiraz is an epic silent film featuring an all-Indian cast, produced by and starring Indian cinema pioneer Himanshu Rai. The film tells the love story of the 17th century princess Mumtaz Mahal, and the subsequent construction of the Taj Mahal in her honour. 

The remastered version of this classic film premieres at the Archive Gala of the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express on 14 October, 2017 at the Barbican in London, UK.

Grammy-nominated sitar player Anoushka Shankar will celebrate the majestic beauty of this film with a LIVE music score to accompany the first-ever Indian premiere of the film in Hyderabad in November, 2017. The film will tour 3 other cities in the same month.

The music score will be specially performed by Anoushka's eight-piece ensemble of players using Indian and western instruments. The tour will be made possible with the kind support of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation in Hyderabad as part of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2017 and Sangit Kala Mandir in Kolkata.

By making Shiraz accessible to audiences in India, this digital restoration is the latest example of the BFI’s ongoing commitment to preserving and sharing world film heritage, having recently digitised over 250 films; India on Film: 1899-1947, Treasures from the BFI National Archive, an unparalleled collection of extremely rare films of India, which have survived the earliest days of cinema.

Passes for the Kolkata show can be collected from British Council, First Floor, L & T Chambers, 16 Camac Street, Kolkata. Between 20 October - 2 November. 11 am - 7 pm. Except Sundays. Register here.

Schedule 

Dates Cities Venue Timing Tickets 
1 November  Hyderabad Hyderabad International Convention Centre  8:30 PM onwards Available on BookmyShow
3 November Kolkata Sangit Kala Mandir Auditorium  7 PM onwards Register here for passes.
4 November New Delhi Siri Fort Auditorium  7 PM onwards Available on Bookmyshow
5 November Mumbai Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium 7:30 PM onwards Available on Bookmyshow
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