Scared that they may be called to fight the British forces, they run off to a remote village to continue playing chess. Amjad Khan plays the role of Wajid Ali Shah, King of Awadh, and Richard Attenborough plays the role of General James Outram. We soon see a scene where Jaffrey goes to check on Sanjeev then when he returns...we see a hand changing the position on the chess board. He can’t rule, he has no wish to rule, and therefore he has no business to rule. But he feels bound by his duty to the British Empire. This is the first Hindi feature film of filmmaker Satyajit Ray and second being 'Sadgati'- another adaptation of Premchand's short story. They both are obsessed with chess.
While pressure was mounting amidst intrigue and political maneuvers, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. Outram: Well, can you recite it? Oudh administration is weak. The court was of no help, as exemplified by nobles Mir and Mirza, who, ignoring the situation of their country and all of their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless parties of chess. Satyajit Ray (screenplay).
Weston: There I would agree with you, Sir. I completely enjoyed reading this story. This movie is a precious gem. Doesn’t strike me as a great flight of fancy, I’m afraid. Their city Lucknow falls to British attackers as they are busy playing a game of chess.
Both the Mirza's spend their time in playing chess and devising new strategies to win the game while the British have attaked Lucknow. Outram: And what about his songs? There is one scene where Sanjeev Kumar goes to his room to see his wife. Every sentence, every paragraph, I kept wondering -- did Premchand not know about these beautiful things called "punctuation marks"? While pressure was mounting amidst intrigue and political maneuvers, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. They are irresponsible towards their families, society and their responsibity as noblemen of the Nawabiyat. ", The Chess Players was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2010. Weston: I’d have said a bad king. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.
Weston: Yes, Sir. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 129 min It’s nothing obscene, I hope?
Satyajit Ray brilliantly adapted it into a movie of same name. Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. In reality, he is merely a figurehead. Plot Summary (2) Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The film is set in 1856 on the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857. I rather like the sound of Hindustani. A British firm, “The East India Company” rules much of India; directly or indirectly through ‘treaties of friendship.’The kingdom of Avadh is under such a treaty of friendship with the British Company.
But I’m curious to know what it sounds like. Amjad Khan plays the role of Wajid Ali Shah, King of Awadh, and Richard Attenborough plays the role of General James Outram. Weston (smiling): Rather a special kind, Sir, I should think. The French cannons and guns are available. Fearing blood shedding of his people in a hopelessly unequal battle, the king opts to hand over the kingdom to the British with out a fight, singing to himself a Thumari that he has composed –, (Roughly translated: As we leave our beloved city of Lucknow, see what we have to go through…). Outram: Well, it certainly has the virtue of brevity. “यहाँ तक कि मिर्ज़ा की बेगम साहिबा को इससे इतना द्वेष था कि अवसर खोज-खोजकर पति को लताड़ती थीं। पर उन्हें इसका अवसर मुश्किल से मिलता था। वह सोती ही रहती थीं, तब तक उधर बाज़ी बिछ जाती थी। और”, “मुहरा आप कयामत तक न छोड़ें, तो क्या चाल ही न होगी? Mir, who has nearly shot Mirza and is ashamed of his behavior, says, “We cannot even cope with our wives, so how can we cope with the company’s army?” . Jinse apni biwiyan nahin sambhli woh angreaz fauz se Kyla ladenge. And what kind of a king do you think all this makes him, Weston? This, indeed, is a fine piece of film-making.
We both need darkness to hide our faces. Inseparable friends, the two nobles became passionately obsessed with the game of shatranj (chess), neglecting his (Mirza Sajjid Ali) wife and failing to act against the real-life seizure of their kingdom by the East India Company. The master of story telling, captures the mood of the then Indian aristocracy in a subtle way. Munshi Premchand's Shatranj ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) is set in the last days of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's Awadh.In 1856, Lucknow plays and gambles, dances and drinks and whiles away its time in mindless pleasure while the British—and the end of all this luxury—draw nearer.
1977, India. 12 Replies to “Shatranj Ke KhilaRi (The Chess Players)” doubtinggaurav says: February 25, 2019 at 6:09 am . 08 April 2019 Not a full-fledged book, but a short story.
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