Chess players

Chess players

DVD - 2006 | Urdu
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The kingdom of Oudh has a gently decadent Nawab (king), who is busy being a poet, composer, singer, dancer, and choreographer, but not a ruler. Mirza and Mir are old friends, living in the capital city off ancestral wealth and taxes on their lands. As the king is obsessed with his artistic endeavors, the friends are obsessed with shatranj (chess). In 1856, the East India Company sends General Outram, the British Resident of Lucknow, to take over the kingdom, under the charge of misrule. The king dithers, the friends play chess. British troops march into the city; the king surrenders without a fight, and the friends remove to a distant village so they can play in peace.

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ms_mustard
Mar 31, 2015

juxtaposition of the non-violent war of two aristocrats and their all-day chess games and the non-violent surrender in 1856 of the king of Oudh to the British, who weren't satisfied with some of his money and decided they would take it all.

a very interesting way of presenting this piece of Indian history. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. This is the 8th Ray film I have watched and I'm looking forward to the last 3 in the HPL collection.

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ilovewhippets
Mar 04, 2014

Unusual, interesting film.. It has won numerous awards! Great cast! This is not a Bollywood film..Worth seeing!

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wisegerent
Jul 25, 2011

This DVD is not complete. I know there is MORE to this movie - which is missing on this DVD!

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