Restored Indian Silent Classic Shiraz: A Romance of India To Tour Four Indian Cities

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indian-silent-filmThe British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) have announced that, following the 61st BFI London Film Festival world premiere of the restored Shiraz: A Romance of India, screening at the Barbican on 14 October the film will tour four Indian cities as part of the UK/India 2017 Year of Culture.

The BFI holds the original negative material of Shiraz in the Archive. Franz Osten’s sumptuous Indian silent classic has been meticulously remastered by the conservation team at the BFI National Archive. Screening at the BFI LFF as the Archive Gala, the film will then visit Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai in India from 1 November to 5 November, accompanied by live performance by Indian composer and sitar player, Anoushka Shankar and an orchestral ensemble.

Shiraz tells the love story of the 17th century princess who inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal. Two infamous kisses that take place in the film will definitely surprise modern audiences and are really quite extraordinary for Indian Cinema of the period. Shiraz was adapted from Niranjan Pal’s play, the first Indian playwright to have his work performed in the West End.

Tickets for the live score screenings of Shiraz in India can be bought by the public online in India on BookMyShow and via a process of pre-registration, expected to reach more than 4000 people. The tour will be made possible with the kind support of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation in Hyderabad as part of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2017 and Sangit Kala Mandir in Kolkata.

Following the Indian tour Shiraz will screen around the UK in January 2018 and be released on Blu-ray by BFI.

Priyanka Dutta

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