08 19 Oct '24
684b0e27 4f9b 4742 8ab0 ab515b8fd88c

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.

Image gallery

684b0e27 4f9b 4742 8ab0 ab515b8fd88c
95cc8bc6 2668 4d55 8068 409cf285902a

Credits

Director

Satyajit Ray

With

Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi

Scenario

Satyajit Ray

More information

Dialogue

Urdu, English, Hindi

Countries of production

India

Screenplay based on

"Shatranj Ke Khilari" (Munshi Premchand)

Year

1977

Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?