Rare movie clips of Nizam VII to be screened at Chowmahalla Palace

Hyderabad: For the first time Hyderabadis will get the opportunity to see the moving images of the Nizam VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan, along with some important events that shaped the destiny of Hyderabad in the days of yore. The lustrous moving images will also include the silver jubilee celebrations of the coronation of the Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan in Hyderabad in February 1937, and the royal mass assembly called ‘Delhi Durbar of December 1911’ held at the Red Fort, where King George V was crowned as the Emperor of India in the presence of the Nizam and heads of other princely states.

The move is taken up by Deccan Heritage Trust which will screen around 40 little known film footages of different events that took place in Hyderabad and Delhi between 1911 and 1967.

The footages will give one a chance to have a glimpse of history from the time Mir Osman Ali Khan took over the reigns of the princely state of Hyderabad in September 1911 to the time he lost power in Police Action in September 1948.

The footages also include Nizam’s swearing-in as the Raj Pramukh (Governor) of Hyderabad state on January 26, 1950 the day India became a Republic nation, footage of Princesses Durru Shehvar and Niloufer soon after marriage etc.

The 8 mm projector footages have been converted into high definition and digitised movie clips.

According to Trust head Dr Mohammad Safiullah, the rare, never screened, movie clips will be screened in Hyderabad on April 6, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mir Osman Ali Khan, at Chowmahalla Palace near Charminar.