Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Also Known As: The Chess Players, Shatranj Ke Khiladi
Category: Feature Film
Genre: Drama, History
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, sits on the throne of Avadh, in his capital Lucknow. The year is 1856. A patron of poetry and music, the Nawab is an indifferent ruler. Also in Lucknow are two friends, Mirza Sajid Ali and Mir Roshan Ali. Their only occupation is to play chess. While Mirza's neglected wife, Khurshid tries to wean him away from his compulsive playing, Mir's wife Nafeesa urges him on with the game, for she is playing a different game of her own. And bigger game of 'chess' is being played in the political field. The British are plotting to overthrow Wajid Ali Shah. When British troops approach Lucknow, the two friends, afraid of being called to battle, run away from home to continue their bloodless battle on the chessboard.
Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Saeed Jaffery, Farida Jalal, Amjad Khan, Victor Banerjee, Richard Attenborough, Tom Alter, David, Leela Mishra, John Barry, Kamu Mukherjee, Veena, Bhudo Advani