The Enigma of the Shah

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The Enigma of the Shah
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Genre Drama
Written byMohammad Reza Varzi
Directed byMohammad Reza Varzi
Ending theme"Silk and Iron" by Salar Aghili
Composer(s)Babak Zarin
Country of originFlag of Iran.svg  Iran
Original language(s) Persian
No. of episodes80
Producer(s)Ali Ladoni
Running time50 Minutes
Distributor IRIB TV1
Original network IRIB TV1
IRIB Tamasha
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 15, 2016 (2016-10-15) – 2017
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The Enigma of the Shah (Persian: معمای شاه mo'ammāye shāh) is an Iranian historical drama directed by Mohammad Reza Varzi. The story focuses on Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and the events leading up to the 1979 Iranian revolution which led to the abolition of the monarchy.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia and officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 20th-century Shah of Iran

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, also known as Mohammad Reza Shah, was the last Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shahanshah on 26 October 1967. He was the second and last monarch of the House of Pahlavi. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi held several other titles, including that of Aryamehr and Bozorg Arteshtaran ("Commander-in-Chief"). His dream of what he referred to as a "Great Civilisation" in Iran led to a rapid industrial and military modernisation, as well as economic and social reforms.


It aired on cable network IRIB TV1 on Fridays at 22:00 from 12 January 2014 - October 2016 until 41 episode but it aired again from 15 October 2016 from first episode everyday at 22:15 (IST).

IRIB TV1 is one of the 40 national television channels in Iran.


It is when Reza Shah forcefully leaves Iran to an unknown destination. Who will be the next Shah? who has the power and authority to keep Iran's sovereignty and independence?

Reza Shah Shah of the Imperial State of Iran

Reza Shah Pahlavi, commonly known as Reza Shah, was the Shah of Iran from 15 December 1925 until he was forced to abdicate by the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran on 16 September 1941.

Shah Persian title

Shah is a title given to the emperors, kings, princes and lords of Iran. It was also adopted by the kings of Shirvan namely the Shirvanshahs, the rulers and offspring of the Ottoman Empire, Mughal emperors of the Indian Subcontinent, the Bengal Sultanate, as well as in Afghanistan. In Iran the title was continuously used; rather than King in the European sense, each Persian ruler regarded himself as the Šāhanšāh or Emperor of the Persian Empire.


Main Cast

He was last Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979.

He was a student of medical university and became a doctor of pharmacy

People around Pahlavi

He was the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty, reigning from 1925 to 1941, he was the father of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

She was an Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and mother of Shahnaz Pahlavi

She was second wife of Mohammad Reza

She was third wife of Mohammad Reza, the first Shahbanu (Empress) to be crowned in Iran since the 7th century.

She was twin sister of Mohammad Reza.

He was a politician who served as Prime Minister of Iran five times.

He was an Iranian strongman and practitioner of varzesh-e bastani.

People around Vaziri

He was Mahmoud Vaziri's father and an eye doctor.

She was Mahmoud Vaziri's mother

She was Mahmoud Vaziri's wife

She was Mahmoud Vaziri's sister

He was Mahmoud Vaziri's brother

She was Mahmoud Vaziri's ex-wife

He was a Photographer

He was an Iranian Shia Muslim religious leader, revolutionary and politician. He was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Original soundtracks

1."My life is for Iran" Salar Aghili 4:27
2."Silk and Iron" Salar Aghili 4:45
3."Blood Lyrics" Salar Aghili 4:12
4."Freezing date"Bahram Paeez4:00
Total length:17:24

Awards and nominations

201616th Hafez AwardsBest OST Song Salar Aghili Won
201717th Hafez AwardsBest OST Song Salar Aghili Won


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Gholamreza Pahlavi Persian royal

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Fatimeh Pahlavi Iranian entrepreneur

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Khosrow Jahanbani Iranian royal

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Hamid Reza Pahlavi

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Esmat Dowlatshahi

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Azadeh Shafiq Iranian politician

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