The Fateful Day

The Fateful Day
Directed by Shahram Asadi
Written by Bahram Beyzai
Starring Ezzatolah Entezami, Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Zhaleh Olov, Mehdi Fat'hi, Hossein Panahi, Ladan Mostofi
Release dates
Running time
105 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

The Fateful Day (Persian: روز واقعه), is a 1994 Iranian film based on a script of the same name by Bahram Beyzai. The film is directed by Shahram Asadi. It is generally, but perhaps not unanimously, known as the finest religious picture in Iran[1][2] and attracts great popular and critical attention. Its cast includes a large number of Iranian cinema stars. Wheeler W. Dixon describes it as "an enormous hit in its home country."[3]

The Script

Beyzai's scrreenplay was already published as a well-known book ten years prior to when the film was made.[4] The hugely lauded script was offered to Shahram Asadi in order to be made into a movie. The film was produced and immediately became a hit.[5]


The story is of a Christian youth who converts to Islam for the love of a Muslim girl at the time of Husayn ibn Ali. At the wedding, he hears voices calling for help. He leaves the ceremony and takes a journey to Karbala. But he arrives after the Battle of Karbala.


The film won numerous awards at the thirteenth Fajr Film Festival:[6]

  1. Best Makeup
  2. Best Set Design
  3. Best Musical Score
  4. Best Direction of a Second Feature Film

See also


  3. Winston Dixon 1998, p.37
  4. Winston Dixon 1998, p.38
  6. Winston Dixon 1998, p.37


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