Shiraz: 5 Reasons to Watch this 1928 Movie

By:  Suvidha Jani

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Recently British Film Institute has made attempts to restore the beauty and charm of Shiraz(1928)- a Himansu Rai-Charu Roy-Enakshi Rama Rau starrer movie. Here are five reasons to watch this movie-

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  • Fairy tale love story

A historical romance set in Mughal Empire. Shiraz narrates the story of an architect who fell in love with Selima, a woman who inspired him to build the Taj Mahal. This story of unrequited love will leave you in tears.

  • Mumtaz-Shah Jahan story with a twist

Everyone is aware about the story of Taj Mahal and Shah Jahan’ undying love for his wife Mumtaz but Shiraz is a story of a man who had neither power nor wealth and yet he managed to be transcend his love beyond space and time. Shiraz is a story of Selima- a princess raised by a potter. She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram and later becomes Mumtaz Mahal.

  • A Rarity

This 1928 epic movie is not seen by many. This rare movie will soon be screened in India and Britain as part of the UK- India year of Culture. Organisers are planning to screen this movie even in the Taj Mahal premises.

  • Sensual and Erotic

This movie though made in 1928 transcends the stereotypes associated with Hindi films. With a number of kissing scenes, Shariz redefines the sensual and the erotic.

  • Challenging Censorship

The recent decision taken by Pahlaj Nihalani –in relation to much acclaimed movie Lipstick Under My Burqa- is not just absurd but also against the spirit of democracy. Shariz and many other such movies challenges as well as questions the decisions of our censor board.

We hope you are looking forward to this classic movie. Get ready for a historical and romantic journey.

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