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The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari)

MIA Exhibition Series – presented by DFI

/ Feature Narrative / India / 1977 / Colour
In Hindi, Urdu / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

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In 1856, in Lucknow, the capital of the Muslim kingdom of Oudh, King Wajid Ali Shah prefers to devote himself to the pleasure of art rather than submit to the subterfuge of politics. Meanwhile, the English Company of India is strengthening its grip on the country and, in 1858, the British Crown takes control of the government in the name of Queen Victoria and the British Empire. In parallel, a pair of aristocrats indulge their passion for chess while neglecting everything around them– and without taking heed of the historic changes occurring under their noses.