Director: Franz Osten
Stars: Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent movie retells the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal. An international co-production shot entirely on location in India with an all-Indian cast, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings. Shiraz, a humble potter’s son, follows his childhood sweetheart Selima to Agra when she’s kidnapped by slave traders and sold to the future emperor. This BFI restoration includes a score by Anoushka Shankar.