The Chess Players

शतरंज के खिलाड़ी, Shatranj Ke Khiladi
by Satyajit Ray 1h53min India 1976
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The Chess Players
by Satyajit Ray

Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent General Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. While pressure was mounting amidst intrigue and political maneuvers, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. The court was of no help, as exemplified by nobles Mir and Mirza, who, ignoring the situation of their country and all of their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless parties of chess.

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  • Richard Attenborough : Le général Outram
  • Amjad Khan : Wajid Ali Shah
  • Sanjeev Kumar : Mirza, un joueur d'échecs
  • Saeed Jaffrey : Meer, un joueur d'échecs
  • And with: Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Tom Alter, Victor Banerjee


  • Director Satyajit Ray
  • Scenario Satyajit Ray
  • Dialogs Satyajit Ray, Shama Zaidi, Javed Siddiqi
  • Original work author Munshi Premchand
  • Set Design Bansi Chandragupta
  • Costume Design Shama Zaidi
  • Sound Soumendu Roy, Narinder Singh
  • Editing Dulal Dutta
  • Original music Satyajit Ray
  • Producer Suresh Jindal
  • Production Compagny Devki Chitra Productions

Technical information

  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1976
  • Release date for France10/26/1977
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageEnglish, Urdu, Hindi
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