Narrowly defeated by Alam Ara as India's first picture, this lavish musical, directed by J.J. Madan, is based on the legendary saga from the Shahrama. The film centers on Persian sculptor Farhad who built a massive canal for shah Khusro and who has fallen in love with the Shah's wife, Queen Shiran. The shah agrees to let Farhad marry Shiran if and only if he can destroy the towering mount Besutun with his two bare hands. The sculptor ultimately dies in the attempt. Yet when Shiran finally breathes her last breath, Farhad's tomb magically opens up to accept her body. This film was a bigger box-office success than Alam Ara and it used a method of sound reproduction that would prove much more influential.
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