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The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khiladi)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:September 19, 1978
Running time:129 minutes
Cast:Tom Alter, Richard Attenborough, Shabana Azmi, Amitabh Bachchan, Victor Banerjee
Director:Satyajit Ray
Producer:Suresh Jindal
Writer:Munshi Premchand
Distributor:Creative

Description: Based on a story by Munshi Premchand, and much influenced by Vsevolod Pudovkin's 1925 film Chess Fever, this satirical film by noted Indian director Satyajit Ray is set in colonial India in 1856. The British Resident of the East India Company (Richard Attenborough) has observed that the monarch of Lucknow, which is in his trading region, seems to be completely uninterested in government. He tries to arrange things so that he can annex the province. Embroiled in a long-running chess rivalry, two local noblemen (played by Sanjeev Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey) cannot be bothered with such minor issues as who is governing whom. Meanwhile, conditions in the kingdom go from bad to worse.~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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