Shahrzad (TV series)
|Written by||Hassan Fathi|
|Directed by||Hassan Fathi|
Mahmoud Pak Niat
Amir Hossein Rostami
Ateneh Faghih Nasiri
|Theme music composer||Mohsen Chavoshi|
|Country of origin||Iran|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||59|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Distributor||Tasvir Gostar Pasargad (Iran)|
Lotus Play (Iran)
|Original network||Video Rental Services|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||12 October 2015 –|
11 June 2018
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  The storyline is set around and after the 1953 Iranian coup d'état. The Shahrzad series is licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran and available online and in CDs around the country. Due to its international popularity, it has been dubbed and aired in Urdu, Arabic, French, Spanish[failed verification] and Russian.
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. 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.
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.
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.. 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.
|Taraneh Alidoosti||Shahrzad Saadat||main|
|Shahab Hosseini||Ghobad Divansalar||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|
|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|
|Nahal Dashti||Mitra Damavandi||Recurring|
|Mona Ahmadi & Maasoumeh Beygi||Simin Saadat||Recurring|
|Nasim Adabi||Homeyra Saadat||Recurring|
|Ramin Naser Nasir||Houshang||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|
|Mehran Nael||Mr. Arshad||Recurring|
|Mohammad Yeganeh||Asad Ghiasi||Recurring|
|Sam Nouri||Sedgh Nouri||Recurring|
|Abbas Zafari||Akram's father||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|
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.
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.
This section needs to be updated.June 2018)(
|Best Director||Hassan Fathi||Won|
|Best Soundtrack||Mohsen Chavoshi with Sina Sarlak||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Shahab Hosseini||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Taraneh Alidoosti||Nominated|
|Life Achievement||Jamshid Hashempour||Won|
- Best Series in Iran of all Time with 67% vote - Cmmagazine
|2.||"Shahrzad 2"||Alireza Ghorbani||3:16|
|4.||"As A Memorial"||Mohsen Chavoshi||5:31|
|5.||"Where Are You ?"||Mohsen Chavoshi Ft. Sina Sarlak||3:48|
|7.||"The Bridle"||Mohsen Chavoshi Ft. Sina Sarlak||4:40|
|8.||"Moon Forehead"||Mohsen Chavoshi||3:57|
|9.||"Get up"||Sina Sarlak||4:51|
|10.||"Bitter Farewell"||Mohsen Chavoshi||3:58|
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