The Chess Players

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Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Hindi: शतरंज के खिलाड़ी; The Chess Players) is a 1977 Indian film by Bengali director Satyajit Ray, based on Munshi Premchand's short story of the same name. The film is set in 1856 and shows the life and customs of 19th century India on the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857. The focus is on events surrounding the British annexation of the Indian State of Awadh (also spelt Oudh), the politics of colonial expansion by the British East India Company and the deluded divisions of Indian monarchs.

  1. Satyajit Ray

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Munshi Premchand


Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard Attenborough

    Richard Attenborough

    General Outram

  2. Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan


  3. Sanjeev Kumar

    Sanjeev Kumar

    Mirza Sajjad Ali

  4. Saeed Jaffrey

    Saeed Jaffrey

    Mir Roshan Ali

  5. Shabana Azmi

    Shabana Azmi


  6. Farida Jalal

    Farida Jalal


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Movie Data


Original Title शतरंज के खिलाड़ी

Status Released

Original Language Hindi

Runtime 2h 9m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • May 17, 1978



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