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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 2K 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). 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.
Bonus features include: Music of India