Shatranj Ke Khiladi: A unique masterpiece with legacy value

Shatranj Ke Khiladi

Lucknow: “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” (The Chess Players) is a 1977 Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray. It is based on a short story of the same name by Munshi Premchand, one of the foremost writers in Hindi literature. The film, set in 1856, portrays the decadence of Indian aristocracy on the eve of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Here is a detailed look at the story behind its making: Concept and Source Material Munshi Premchand’s Story: The original story by Munshi Premchand is a satirical take on the apathy of…

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