Shahrzad (TV series)

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Shahrzad
Shahrzadseries.jpg
GenreDrama
Romance
Historical
Mystery
Written byHassan Fathi
Naghmeh Samini
Directed byHassan Fathi
StarringShahab Hosseini
Taraneh Alidoosti
Ali Nasirian
Mostafa Zamani
Parinaz Izadyar
Mahdi Soltani
Mahmoud Pak Niat
Abolfazl Poorarab
Jamshid Hashempour
Reza Kianian
Roya Nonahali
Ateneh Faghih Nasiri
Amir Jafari
Theme music composerMohsen Chavoshi
Composer(s)Amir Tavassoly
Country of origin Iran
Original language(s)Persian
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes59
Production
Producer(s)Mohammad Emami
Production location(s)Tehran
Isfahan
CinematographyNooshin Jafari
Editor(s)Mahdi Hoseinivand
Running time60 minutes
DistributorTasvir Gostar Pasargad (Iran)
Lotus Play (Iran)
Release
Original networkVideo Rental Services
Picture format16:9
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release12 October 2015 –
11 June 2018
External links
Website

Shahrzad (Persian: شهرزاد shahrzād) is an Iranian romantic and historical drama series. The series is written by Hassan Fathi and Naghmeh Samini and directed by Hassan Fathi [1] The storyline is set around and after the 1953 Iranian coup d'état.[2][3] The Shahrzad series is licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran and available online and in CDs around the country.[4] Due to its international popularity, it has been dubbed and aired in Urdu, Arabic, French and Spanish.[5][not in citation given]

Storyline[edit]

Iranian bureaucrat Bozorg Agha is the head of a very powerful mafia syndicate who had a strong role in the coup d'état against Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's government on 18 August 1953.[6] The son and daughter of two of Bozorg Agha's henchmen, Shahrzad and Farhad, are about to get married. During the coup chaos, Farhad gets arrested and sentenced to death. Bozorg Agha uses the influence he has amongst the coup heads to set Farhad free on the condition that Shahrzad agrees to break her engagement to him and marry the nephew of Bozorg Agha, Ghobad. Ghobad is already married to the sterile daughter of Bozorg Agha, Shirin, who does not take kindly to her husband's growing love for his second wife. The conflict created by these circumstances as well as the political activities of Farhad set the background for the story. The series follows the troubled lives of the people under the control of Bozorg Agha's rule as well as the ongoing rivalry between Bozorg Agha and other corrupt political leaders of the time.[7]

Production[edit]

The cast of the 28-episode series includes over 200 artists. Considering the professional team behind the camera plus two years spent on pre-production and four months of shooting, it is the biggest project by the private sector for the home video network.[8]

Location[edit]

The series was shot in Ghazali Cinematic Town in the western part of Tehran. Covering an area of 10 hectares, the complex was established in 1971 by the late director Ali Hatami, partially simulating old Tehran. It comprises various state and historic buildings; streets, and places similar to more than 100 years ago decorated by Italian decorators, particularly Gianni Cortina. Other locations are the Museum of the Qasr Prison, Vossug ed Dowleh House, House dr Mohammad Moin, Naderi Café, Passenger Terminal, Sulaimaniyah Palace and Baharestan Square camerawork.[9]. Another location that resonated with the Armenian community in Iran is the Armenian Club that is used for weddings and outings by the Armenians. This club is used in the very first few parts of episode one of Shahrzad as a meeting place for Farhad and Shahrzad.

Cast[edit]

     = Main cast (credited)
     = Recurring cast (3+)
     = Guest cast (1-2)

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2
Shahab Hosseini Ghobad Divansalar Main
Taraneh Alidoosti Shahrzad Saadat Main
Ali Nassirian Bozorg Agha Divansalar Main Does not appear
Mostafa Zamani Farhad Damavandi Main
Parinaz Izadyar Shirin Divansalar Main
Mehdi Soltani Hashem Damavandi Main
Gelareh Abbasi Akram Bourbouran Main
Houman Barghnavard Colonel Teymouri Main
Pantea Panahiha Sharbat Main
Parviz Fallahipour Nosrat Pashaei Recurring Main
Amirhossein Fathi Homayoun Mohtadi Recurring Main
Ghazal Shakeri Azar Goldarrei Main Does not appear
Mahmoud Pakniat Jamshid Saadat Main Does not appear
Abolfazl Pourarab Heshmat Pashaei Main Does not appear
Amirhossein Rostami Babak Yeganeh Main Does not appear
Mina Vahid Maryam Mehrzad Main Does not appear
Fariba Motekhasses Marzieh Recurring
Soheyla Razavi Parvin Recurring
Nahal Dashti Mitra Damavandi Recurring
Mona Ahmadi & Maasoumeh Beygi Simin Saadat Recurring
Nasim Adabi Homeyra Saadat Recurring
Ramin Naser Nasir Houshang Recurring
Pasha Jamali Asghari Recurring
Jamshid Hashempour Major Fouladshekan Recurring Does not appear
Jamshid Gorgin Shahram Behboudi Recurring Does not appear
Manouchehr Zendehdel Colonel Soheili Recurring Does not appear
Hadi Ghomeyshi Mr. Shirvani Recurring Does not appear
Banipal Shoomoon Esfandiari Recurring Does not appear
Saghi Zinati Malmal Taherkhanlou Recurring Does not appear
Roya Nonahali Belgheys Divansalar Does not appear Main
Reza Kianian Shapour Behboudi Does not appear Main
Amir Jafari Captain Aparviz Does not appear Main
Ateneh Faghih Nasiri Soraya Does not appear Recurring

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2
Mehran Nael Mr. Arshad Recurring
Farshid Samadipour Zabih Recurring
Parviz Bozorgi Rajab Recurring
Mohammad Yeganeh Asad Ghiasi Recurring
Nahid Moslemi Batool Recurring
Sam Nouri Sedgh Nouri Recurring
Abbas Zafari Akram's father Recurring TBA
Parisa Sabournezhad Saeedeh Recurring TBA
Mahsa Nasiri Esmat Recurring TBA
Hamidreza Azarang Lieutenant Mohammadi Recurring Does not appear
Hossein Saharkhiz Masoud Khan Does not appear Recurring
Shokrekhoda Goodarzi Mozaffar Does not appear Recurring
Siamak Helmi Feri Does not appear Recurring
Parviz Bashardoost Enayatollah Khan Does not appear Recurring
Mohsen Naghibian Does not appear Recurring
Amirkaveh Ahaninjan Does not appear Recurring
Aman Rahimi Does not appear Recurring
Mahdi Yahestani Does not appear Recurring
Morteza Rostami Does not appear Recurring
Javad Zeytooni Does not appear Recurring
Farhad Mahdavi Does not appear Recurring
Mohammadreza Imanian Does not appear Recurring
Houshang Ghanavatizadeh Does not appear Recurring
Behzad Davari Does not appear Recurring
Pouria Miandehi Does not appear Recurring
Shahab Ashkan Does not appear Recurring
Hootan Shateripour Does not appear Recurring
Amirhossein Shariatmadari Does not appear Recurring
Mohsen Marvi Does not appear Recurring
Elham Nami Does not appear Recurring
Ahmad Lashini Does not appear Recurring

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Parviz Jahed review from Guardian wrote:

Good story-telling has made it an intriguing and successful melodrama set against the backdrop of an important episode in Iran’s modern history.[10]

Mehdi Ganjavi review from Global Voices Online wrote:

As the story of Shahrzad shows, the political and economic aspirations, desires, and interests of any historical moment entail a revision of what happened in the past. Shahrzad is a love story in the disturbed atmosphere.[11]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016
16th Hafez Awards[12]
Best Series Shahrzad Won
Best Director Hassan Fathi Won
Best Soundtrack Mohsen Chavoshi with Sina Sarlak Nominated
Best Actor Shahab Hosseini Nominated
Ali Nasirian Won
Best Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Nominated
Parinaz Izadyar Nominated
Life Achievement Jamshid Hashempour Won

Poll[edit]

  • Best Series in Iran of all Time with 67% vote - Cmmagazine[13]

Soundtracks[edit]

Shahrzad OST[edit]

Track listing
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Shahrzad"Alireza Ghorbani2:50
2."Shahrzad 2"Alireza Ghorbani3:16
3."Bedfellow"Mohsen Chavoshi2:59
4."As A Memorial"Mohsen Chavoshi5:31
5."Where Are You ?"Mohsen Chavoshi Ft. Sina Sarlak3:48
6."Shahrzad"Mohsen Chavoshi4:11
7."The Bridle"Mohsen Chavoshi Ft. Sina Sarlak4:40
8."Moon Forehead"Mohsen Chavoshi3:57
9."Get up"Sina Sarlak4:51
10."Bitter Farewell"Mohsen Chavoshi3:58
11."Insane"Mohsen Chavoshi4:34

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