The Chess Players or Shatranj ke Khiladi was directed by Satyajit Ray. This movie was made in the year 1977. The film is supported by many actors like, Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Saeed Jaffrey, David Abraham and Tom Alter. Richard Attenborough plays the role of General James Outram, and Amjad Khan plays the role of Avadh king Wajid Ali Shah. All the actors gave their finest performances in the movie. This film was nominated for the Oscars for the year 1978.
The film is set in 1856 and shows the life and customs of 19th century India at the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857, and importantly the politics of colonial expansion by the British East India Company and the deluded divisions of Indian monarchs.
Shatranj Ke Khiladi was Ray's most expensive film boasting of actors from western and Hindi cinema of Bombay. It was reported to have cost about two million rupees.