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The Chess Players

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Original title
Shatranj ke khilari (The Chess Players)
Year
Running time
113 min.
Country
India India
Director
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray (Novel: Munshi Prem Chand)
Music
Satyajit Ray
Cinematography
Sumendu Roy
Cast
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Producer
Devki Chitra Productions
Genre
Drama | Colonialism. 19th Century. Chess
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
1978: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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