Basic info
  1. Director: Satyajit Ray
  2. Alternative Title: The Chess Players
  3. Country: India; Year: 1977; Language: Urdu; Runtime: 129 min; Color: Color; Sound: Mono
  4. Studio: Devki Chitra
  5. Producer: Suresh Jindal; Writer: Satyajit Ray, Premchand; Cinematographer: Soumendu Roy; Editor: Dulal Dutta; Composer: Satyajit Ray
  6. Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Amjad Khan, Richard Attenborough, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Veena, David Abraham, Victor Bannerjee, Farooq Shaikh, Tom Alter, Lila Mishra, Barry John, Samarth Narain, Bhudo Advani, Kamu Mukherjee, Uttamram Nagar, Khairatilal Lahori, Pradip Shankar, Ashfaq Mirza, Amrit Bhushan Gujral, Ramesh Khosla, Shaik Farid, Madan Sudan, Richard Attenborough, Amitabh Bachchan, Saswati Sen, Agha
Set in the backdrop of the British annexation of Avadh, best friends Mirza Ali and Mir Ali abandon their families, in their obsession for the game of chess. Ray’s basic theme in the film is the message that the detachment of India’s ruling classes assisted a small number of British officials and soldiers to take over Awadh without opposition. (Wikipedia)
Interesting links
  1. Review and commentary on
  2. Review by Vijay Lokapally in The Hindu
  3. Andrew Robinson’s conversations with Ray on History Today
  4. Read original short story by Premchand in Hindi
Where to watch/buy?
  1. Watch on YouTube with English subtitles
  2. Buy at Amazon