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Satyajit Ray

The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari)

Edition 1980
129' - 1977 - Historical, Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Urdu, English, Hindi
Director: Satyajit Ray With: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi
Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent General Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. While pressure was mounting amidst intrigue and political maneuvers, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. The court was of no help, as exemplified by nobles Mir and Mirza, who, ignoring the situation of their country and all of their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless parties of chess.

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Satyajit Ray


Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi


Satyajit Ray

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Urdu, English, Hindi

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Screenplay based on

"Shatranj Ke Khilari" (Munshi Premchand)



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