Shatranj Ke Khiladi

1977/Color/113 mins/India




Category Homage
Director Satyajit Ray
Producer Suresh Jindal
Screenplay Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Soumendu Roy
Editor Dulal Dutta
Music Satyajit Ray
Set Bansi Chandragupta, Ashoke Bose
Costume Shama Zaidi
Cast 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).
Production Company Devki Chitra Productions
World Sales Creative; Umbrella Entertainment
Festival/Awards 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.

Director:
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray, born on 2nd May, 1921, was an Indian filmmaker and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Starting his career as a commercial artist and moving on to independent realist filmmaking, he was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. Ray received 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, an Academy Honorary Award in 1992 and a Bharat Ratna, the highest Indian civilian award, in 1992.

Selected Filmography:
Aparajito (1956),
Apur Sansar (1959),
Charulata (1964),
Nayak (1966),
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969),
Pratidwandi (1970),
Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980),
Agantuk (1992)