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Title The chess players [(DVD) videorecording] = Shatranj ke khilari / Devki Chitra presents ; produced by Suresh Jindal ; screenplay, music & direction, Satyajit Ray.

Publication Info. New York : Kino on Video, [2006]
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 95th Street Adult DVD Foreign Films  URDU CHE    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult DVD Foreign Films  URDU CHE    AVAILABLE
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Description 1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Audience Rated UNK.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Language Urdu and English dialogue, with optional English subtitles.
Note Title from container.
Based on the story by Munshi Premchand.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1977.
Special features: Satyajit Ray: selected filmography; original British poster art ; production notes (on version of film used on the DVD).
For specific features see interactive menu.
Performer Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Veena, David Abraham, Victor Banerji, Amjad Khan, Sir Richard Attenborough; narrator, Amitabh Bachchan.
Credits Cinematographer, Soumenou Roy ; art direction, Bansi Chandragupta ; editor, Dulal Dutta ; choreography, Birju Maharaj ; original music, Satyajit Ray.
Summary This drama about colonialism and indigenous culture is set in 1856 at the court of Wajid Ali Shah in Lucknow, the capital of Oudh. Features two parallel narratives. The first shows rich landowners Meer and Mirza pour every ounce of passion into a never-ending game of chess. Without thinking of their responsibilities to their families and the political uprising in the kingdom, the two men just keep playing. The second narrative dramatises the conflict between Wajid Ali Shah and General James Outram who represents Lord Dalhousie's treacherously implemented annexation policies. Wajid Ali is shown as a politically weak figure who surrenders to the British without a fight.
Subject Oudh (India) -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Outram, James, 1803-1863 -- Drama.
Premacanda, 1881-1936 -- Television adaptations.
Premacanda, 1881-1936 -- Film adaptations.
Subject Feature films -- India.
Genre Motion pictures,Urdu.
Historical films.
Comedy films.
Added Author Ray, Satyajit, 1921-1992.
Chitra, Devki.
Jindal, Suresh.
Kumar, Sanjeev, 1938-1985.
Jaffrey, Saeed, 1929-
Azmi, Shabana, 1950-
Jalal, Farida.
Ḵẖāṉ, Amjad ʻAlī.
Attenborough, Richard.
Bachchan, Amitabh, 1942-
Premacanda, 1881-1936. Śatarañja ke khilāṛī.
Kino International Corporation.
Added Title Shatranj ke khiladi
Standard No. 738329040826
Music No. K408 Kino on Video
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