40 Years of Shatranj ke Khilari. (3 October 1977)
Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) is 1977 film by Bengali director Satyajit Ray, based on Munshi Premchand’s short story of the same name. Amjad Khan plays the role of Wajid Ali Shah, King of Awadh, and Richard Attenborough plays the role of General James Outram. The film also features the actors Sanjeev Kumarr, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, David Abraham Cheulkar and Tom Alter.
The film is set in 1856 on the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857. The British are about to annex the Indian State of Awadh (also spelt Oudh). The daily life of two wealthy men who are devoted to chess is presented against the background of scheming officials of the British East India Company, the history of its relations with the Indian ruler of Awadh, and the ruler’s devotion both to his religious practice and the pursuit of pleasure.
It was India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards, but did not receive a nomination.