The Chess Players**
(Shatraj Ke Khilari)
The 19th century colonial India, two aristocrats are more interested in playing chess than matters, whilst around them the province is being taken over by the British.
Interesting slow burner with rather primitive sound and amateurish cutting, but performances and the quirky subject make for steady but absorbing viewing.
Written, Directed and Music by: Satyajit Ray, based on a short story by Munshi Premchand.
Producer: Suresh Jindal.
Starring: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Amjad Khan, Richard Attenborough, Shabana Azmi, Victor Banerjee, Tom Alter.
Narrator: Amitabh Bachchan.
Photography: Sourendu Roy.