1631. The Empress of India – Mumtaz Mahal – has died. Yet,
rather than anoint one of his several other wives to take her place
as Empress of India, Mughal King Shah Jahan anoints his
seventeen-year-old daughter Jahanara as the next Queen of India.
Bearing an almost identical resemblance to her mother,
Jahanara is the first ever daughter of a sitting Mughal King to be
anointed queen. She is reluctant to accept this title, but does so in
hopes of averting the storm approaching her family and Mughal
India. Her younger siblings harbor extreme personalities – from a
liberal multiculturalist (who views religion as an agent of evil) to
an orthodox Muslim (who views razing non-Muslim buildings as
Meanwhile, Jahanara struggles to come to terms with her own
dark reality: as the daughter of a sitting King, she is forbidden to
marry. Thus, while she lives in the shadow of her parents’ unflinching love story, she is devastated
by the harsh reality that she is forbidden to share such a romance with another.
Mistress of the Throne narrates the powerful story of one of India’s most opulent and turbulent
times through the eyes of an unsuspecting character: a Muslim queen. It uses actual historical
figures to illuminate the complexity of an era that has often been called “India’s Golden Age”.