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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 restored the Indian/ British/ German co-production Shiraz. Franz Osten’s sumptuous Indian silent classic has been meticulously restored 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 restored version of this classic film had its world premiere at the Archive Gala of the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express on 14 October, 2017 at the Barbican theatre in London, UK.

Grammy-nominated sitar player Anoushka Shankar composed and performed a LIVE music score for this film with an India premiere in Hyderabad in November 2017 and shows in New Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.

The tour was possible with the 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.

Schedule 

Dates Cities Venue
1 November  Hyderabad Hyderabad International Convention Centre 
3 November Kolkata Sangit Kala Mandir Auditorium 
4 November New Delhi Siri Fort Auditorium 
5 November Mumbai Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium
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