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Shatranj Ke Khilari  (1977 - Hindi)

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  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 29 Jun 2009

    The main characters in "Shatranj ke Khilari" are the two chess-playing nawabs Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Roshan Ali. In Premchand's story Wajid Ali Shah or General Outram is hardly mentioned, though PremChand, in a tone of irony, does make explicit the analogy between the chess-king and the real King. He presents them as apathetic towards public affairs. In fact, they duel together with swords and kill each other, which is how PremChand's story ends.Ray makes changes so as to intensify the essence

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 29 Jun 2009

    From the earliest scenes of "Shatranj Ke Khilari"emphasises Wajid Ali Shah's musicality. He is seen dressed as Krishna in an opera, or beating a drum at the festival of Muharram, or watching an entrancing "Kathak' dance performance. "Nothing but poetry and music should bring tears to a man's eyes", he tells his Prime Minister with a hint of sternness on seeing him weep after an interview with the British Resident. Later, at the time of self-willed abdication he delivers a "Thumri".

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 29 Jun 2009

    Satyaji Ray made extencive research for "Shatranj Ke Khilari"which took him as far afield as London. At first, he had strong antipathy to the lives of the kings and nawabs. As for Wajid Ali Shah, Ray once remarks "I just could not feel any sympathy for this stupid character. And unless I feel some sympathy I cannot make a film". But following long study Ray becomes convinced, " I saw the King as an artist, a composer who made some contributions to the form of singing that developed in Lucknow".

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 29 Jun 2009

    Satyajit Ray selected the eminent actor-director Richard Attenborough to enact the role of Lord Outram. Sir Richard jumped at the offer to act in his favourite "Manik-da's"film. Historically, the character he would portray was a chain smoker, while Sir Richard is not. Satyajit counselled him to keep a pen in the mouth so as to make him used to that of a smoker's posture and reflex. Sir Richard acted accordingly. In film he appeared as a practised smoker putting the cigar off and on the mouth.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 29 Jun 2009

    After reading Munshi Premchand's story, Satyajit Ray stood up with a single remark, "Brilliant !". Instantly he decided to bring forth the story on the silver-screen. In view of the plot and theme of the story, it could hardly be made into Bengali, the language Satyajit had made all his immortal classics. But he was not at home in Urdu-based Hindi. Still, he took up the challenge and scripted the story in English. He, however, assigned M.S. Sathyu's wife to script the Hindi dialogues.

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