'A Romance of India' is fittingly the subtitle of this beautiful 17th century epic, based on the story of Shah Jahan, his queen and the building of the world’s most beautiful monument to love: the Taj Mahal. Himansu Rai (the film’s producer) plays the humble Shiraz, who is brought up as brother to Selima, a girl of unknown but royal lineage, rescued from an ambush in childhood.
Shiraz falls in love with Selima and when she is kidnapped by slavers and sold to the royal palace, Shiraz follows her, risking everything for his unrequited love.
HippFest presents the immaculate new BFI digital restoration of this remarkable British-Indian-German co-production, shot entirely on location in India with an Indian cast. The story’s flamboyant romanticism is matched by ravishing settings and costumes, beautiful lighting and expressive performances.
Dir. Franz Osten | India/UK | 1928 | BBFC cert U | b&w, tinted & toned | 1h 44m + short
With: Himansu Rai, Enkashi Rama Rao Charu Roy, Seeta Devi
Performing live: John Sweeney (piano)
Screening material courtesy of BFI National Archive
Supported by the BFI National Lottery Fund
Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.
If you like this try: Classical Indian Dance workshop at 2pm, Underground another magnificent restoration later on Sunday evening and Striving part of our international programme