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.

By: PT


Release details

129 mins

Cast and crew

Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
Sanjeev Kumar
Saeed Jaffrey
Amjad Khan
Richard Attenborough
Shabana Azmi
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