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The Chess Players

The Chess Players

Satyajit Ray's First Hindi feature FilmOct. 02, 1977129 Min.
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It is the year 1856. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is the king of Awadh, one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British colonialists, intent on controlling this rich land, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. Pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, but the Nawab whiles away his time in pursuit of pleasure and religious practice. The court is of no help either—Court nobles Mir and Mirza, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless games of chess. The film is based on Munshi Premchand’s short story of the same name.

Original title शतरंज के खिलाड़ी
IMDb Rating 7.5
TMDb Rating 7.2 42 votes


Ramesh Sen


Sanjeev Kumar isMirza Sajjad Ali
Mirza Sajjad Ali
Saeed Jaffrey isMir Roshan Ali
Mir Roshan Ali
Shabana Azmi isKhurshid
Amjad Khan isWajid Ali Shah
Wajid Ali Shah
Veena isQueen Mother
Queen Mother
Victor Banerjee isPrime Minister
Prime Minister
Tom Alter isCapt. Weston
Capt. Weston

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