The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari)
MIA Exhibition Series – presented by DFI
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In 1856, in Lucknow, the capital of the Muslim kingdom of Oudh, King Wajid Ali Shah prefers to devote himself to the pleasure of art rather than submit to the subterfuge of politics. Meanwhile, the English Company of India is strengthening its grip on the country and, in 1858, the British Crown takes control of the government in the name of Queen Victoria and the British Empire. In parallel, a pair of aristocrats indulge their passion for chess while neglecting everything around them– and without taking heed of the historic changes occurring under their noses.