Kabir Bedi presents the world premiere of the revised version of Akbar Khan's magnum opus. This eagerly anticipated film first appeared in 2004, winning two National Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costumes. Like many a hyped Bollywood epic, however, it disappointed at the box-office. Its determined team have made a 2007 International Cut to hit screens with renewed strength. This is the poignant love story of Emperor Shahjahan (Kabir Bedi plays the older Emperor, Zulfikar Syed the younger) and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Sonya, the granddaughter of the legendary singer Noorjehan), presented as a tale of royal intrigue, internecine battles, bitter reprisals, death-defying envy of the throne and deep personal tragedy. Made with characteristic sweep, pomp and high drama, it is among the most expensive ($25m) of all Bollywood movies, befitting Mughal grandeur.
Running Time: approx. 120 mins | Language: Urdu and Hindi dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Akbar Khan | Country: India | DIFF Section: A Celebration of Indian Cinema