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A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz (Rai). She is abducted and sold as a slave to ... See full summary »

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Franz Osten (as F. Osten)

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Niranjan Pal (play), William A. Burton (as W. Burton)
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Himanshu Rai ... Shiraz (as Himansu Rai)
Charu Roy Charu Roy ... Prince Khurram, afterwards the Emperor Shah Jehan
Seeta Devi ... Dalia
Enakashi Rama Rao Enakashi Rama Rao ... Selima, afterwards the Empress Mumtaz Mahal (as Enakshi Rama Rau)
Maya Devi Maya Devi ... Kulsam
Profulla Kumar Profulla Kumar ... Kasim
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A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz (Rai). She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram, later Emperor Shah Jehan (Roy), who falls for her, to the chagrin of the wily Dalia (Seeta Devi). When Selima is caught with Shiraz, the young man is condemned to be trampled to death by an elephant. A pendant reveals Selima's royal status and she saves her brother, marries the prince and becomes Empress Mumtaz Mahal while Dalia is banned for her machinations against Selima. When Selima dies (1629), the emperor builds her a monument to the design of the now old and blind Shiraz, the Taj Mahal. The film contains a number of passionate kissing scenes. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In 2017, the film received a restoration from the original camera negative and a preservation film master by the British Film Institute, with a new music score composed by Anoushka Shankar. See more »

Goofs

When Selima is robbed by the slave traders, Shiraz wrestles with one of them. The other one sneaks up behind him and knocks him down. Shiraz wears a turban. However, when he is knocked down, he suddenly does not wear one. See more »

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Featured in Celluloid Man (2012) See more »

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Shiraz: a Romance of India review
4 May 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

One of a trilogy of Indian/UK co-productions produced by and starring Himansu Rai, Shiraz invents a romantic backstory to the building of the Taj Mahal which, for the final reel at least, really tugs on the heartstrings. The location photography is stunning, but the acting is woeful and the story stretched pretty thin.


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Release Date:

21 October 1929 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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$16,467
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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