Sanjeev Kumar (Mirza Sajjad Ali), Shabana Azmi (Khurshid, Mirza's wife), Saeed Jaffrey (Mir Roshan Ali), Farida Jalal (Nafeesa, Mir's wife), Amjad Khan (Wajid Ali Shah, Nawab (king)) , Victor Bannerjee (Ali Naqi Khan, the prime minister) , Sir Richard Attenborough (General Outram), Tom Alter (Captain Weston).
Devki Chitra Productions
Creative; Umbrella Entertainment
Berlin 1978; Filmfare Awards 1978 for Best Film - Critics (Satyajit Ray); Filmfare Awards 1979 for Best Supporting Actor (Saeed Jaffrey); Best Director (Satyajit Ray)
Back in the 19th century India in the backdrop of the British annexation of Avadh, best friends Mirza Ali and Mir Ali abandon their families for their obsession for the game of chess.Their obsession with the Game of Chess keeps them engaged day and night, without any regard to the change in the social situation, personal life and the eminent threat of the British taking over their region becoming a harsh reality. Even when the British takeover is certain and they are forced to leave their comfortable homes, they continue to play chess in the mosquito-ridden outdoors, with two loaded pistols, ready to oppose the British and even each other.