Shatranj Ke Khilari

TitleShatranj Ke Khilari
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1977
AuthorsRay, Satyajit
Running Time129 min
Date Released03/1977
DistributorCreative
CountryIndia
Publication Languagehindi, urdu, eng
Abstract

Director Satyajit Ray offers a piercing commentary of India's ruling class during colonial rule under the British East India Company. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh (Oudh) refuses to engage with company officials intent on colonizing his kingdom, while two men of his court spend their days playing shatranj, an ancient form of chess. Their pursuit of art and pleasure contributed to the company's seizure of Awadh. 

Cast

Sanjeev Kumar

Saeed Jaffrey

Shabana Azmi

Farida Jalal

Amjad Khan

Richard Attenborough

Veena

David Abraham

Victor Bannerji

Amitabh Bachchan

Credits

Produced by Suresh Jindal

Directed by Satyajit Ray

Written by Satyajit Ray, Shama Zaidi, and Javed Siddiqi

Cinematography by Soumendu Roy

Edited by Dulal Dutta

Music by Satyajit Ray

Genre

Comedy, Drama, History

Alternate TitleThe Chess Players
Original Publicationशतरंज के खिलाड़ी
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