In this movie set in 1856, shortly before the first Indian struggle for independence, Wajid Ali Shah is portrayed as an indifferent ruler who composes poems and listens to music, while British general James Outram (Sir Richard Attenborough) arrives on a secret mission to clear
the way for the British. Meanwhile, two noblemen obsessively play endless games of chess, ignoring the situation that unfolds around them. The film is based on the short story Shatranj Ke Khilari by Munshi Premchand, published in Hindi and Urdu in 1924. In Hindi/Urdu and English with English subtitles.
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