The Chess Players (1977)

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.

Directing:
  • Satyajit Ray

Writing:
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Munshi Premchand
  • Javed Siddiqui

Stars:
Release Date: 1977-10-02
themoviedb icon 7.3/10
  • Country: IN
  • Language: اردو | हिन्दी
  • Runtime: 129

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Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi
Khurshid
Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachc...
Narration (voice)
Richard Attenborough
Richard Atten...
General Outram
Saeed Jaffrey
Saeed Jaffrey
Mir Roshan Ali
Sanjeev Kumar
Sanjeev Kumar
Mirza Sajjad Ali
Farida Jalal
Farida Jalal
Nafisa
Tom Alter
Tom Alter
Capt. Weston
Kamu Mukherjee
Kamu Mukherje...
Veena
Veena
Queen Mother
David Abraham Cheulkar
David Abraham...
Munshi
Victor Banerjee
Victor Banerj...
Prime Minister
Farooq Shaikh
Farooq Shaikh
Aqueel
Leela Mishra
Leela Mishra
Hirya
Amjad Khan
Amjad Khan
Wajid Ali Shah
Zoe Chao
Zoe Chao
Isobel
Meredith Hagner
Meredith Hagn...
Cam
Kathleen Munroe
Kathleen Munr...
Mari
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