India | 106 min | 1928 | NR

Loosely based on the immortal 17 th Century romance between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the crown jewel of early Indian cinema is the striking and heartbreaking tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.


A sweeping epic, it features lavish costumes and exquisite locations in India, including the ancient fort at Agra. The stunning restoration by the BFI National Archive is nothing less than electrifying. Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himanshu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, and features Rai as the humble potter Shiraz, who spends his life searching for his childhood sweetheart Selima after she’s kidnapped and sold by slave traders to the future emperor.


Director: Franz Osten
Cast: Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi


World Premiere: New score performed by Ensemble Polaris.


$17 in Advance, $20 at the Door