The Chess Players

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

The short-story irony of two nawabs playing interminable games of chess while their domestic domains crumble, and of a king wrapped up in his aesthetic pursuits while his territory is threatened by British expansionism, is decked out opulently enough (notably a lavish recreation of 1856 Lucknow); but it pales beside that of Ray's inability to distinguish a historical film from a mere costume drama. This has its moments as a gentle comedy, with Saeed Jaffrey in good form, but its nudging metaphors on queens and pawns provide a facile analysis of colonial politics.

Details

Release details

Duration:
129 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Satyajit Ray
Screenwriter:
Satyajit Ray
Cast:
Sanjeev Kumar
Saeed Jaffrey
Amjad Khan
Richard Attenborough
Shabana Azmi