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The Chess Players (1977)

U 05/17/1978 (US) Drama 2h 9m
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Satyajit Ray's First Hindi Film


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.

  1. Satyajit Ray

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Sanjeev Kumar

    Sanjeev Kumar

    Mirza Sajjad Ali

  2. Saeed Jaffrey

    Saeed Jaffrey

    Mir Roshan Ali

  3. Shabana Azmi

    Shabana Azmi


  4. Farida Jalal

    Farida Jalal


  5. Veena


    Queen Mother

  6. David Abraham Cheulkar

    David Abraham Cheulkar


  7. Victor Banerjee

    Victor Banerjee

    Prime Minister

  8. Farooq Shaikh

    Farooq Shaikh


  9. Tom Alter

    Tom Alter

    Capt. Weston

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The Chess Players
The Chess Players

Original Title शतरंज के खिलाड़ी

Status Released

Original Language Hindi

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