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The Chess Players (1977)
"Shatranj Ke Khilari" (original title)

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Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Kumar ...
Mirza Sajjad Ali
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Mir Roshan Ali
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Khurshid, Mirza's wife
Farida Jalal ...
Nafisa, Mir's wife
Veena ...
Queen Mother
David Abraham ...
Munshi
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Prime Minister (as Victor Bannerji)
Farooq Shaikh ...
Aqueel (as Farooque Shaikh)
Tom Alter ...
Capt. Weston (Outram's aide de camp)
Leela Mishra ...
Hirya, Khurshid's maid
Barry John
Samarth Narain ...
Kallu
Bhudo Advani ...
Abbajani (as Budho Advani)
Kamu Mukherjee ...
(as Kamu Mukherji)
Uttamram Nagar
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Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. While pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. The court is of no help, as exemplified by nobles Mir and Mirza, who, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless parties of chess. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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O Jogador de Xadrez  »

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Mir, Mirza, Chess and the fall
30 November 2006 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

I heard great things about this movie and it lives up to expectations. I am a great fan of Satyajeet Ray and he showed us again that he is a master story teller and craftsman.

He showed us his mastery in costumes, their colors, landscape and above all the tempo and dialogs. Especially the one to one talks of Mir and Mirza are great (all are in Proper Urdu which is common in that era). From lighting (the sunsets in the end) to capturing the true emotions (the way he showed the desperation of two wives) is remarkable. Setting of the movie from the very first scene to the end is just amazing in a sense how he tackles different issues to recreate that era.

Acting is pretty good from Mir and Mirza. Rest is just doing their part well.


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