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Film screening - Shatranj ke khiladi ("The Chess Players")

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Sakhya: Cambridge Friends of India, is excited to announce the launch of the fortnightly Indian Cinema Club, showcasing the rich and diverse tradition of Indian cinema. The selection of films consciously caters to all tastes – from the sublime artistic genius of a Satyajit Ray film, to the light-hearted joie-de-vivre of a popular Bollywood flick. Of course, all movies will be sub-titled in English and hence accessible to a wide audience. So, whether you are curious to sample the delights of Indian cinema or are a seasoned afficionado, but simply can’t get enough of it, do make sure you are there – it is the perfect way to spend a Tuesday evening!

Our first screening will be the widely acclaimed “Shatranj ke khiladi” (The Chess Players) by Satyajit Ray.

Synopsis: The story depicts decadent royalty of Central North India. It is set around the life of the last independently ruling Nawab ruler Wajid Ali Shah and concludes with the British annexation of the Nawab’s kingdom of Awadh in 1856. The two main characters are the aristocrats Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Raushan Ali who are deeply immersed into playing chess. Their desire for the game destroys the competency of the characters, and makes them irresponsible in their duties towards their families and society. They derive immense pleasure in developing chess strategies and ignore the real life invasion by the British. Their city Lucknow falls to British attackers as they are busy playing a game of chess.

Entry is FREE , but seating is limited to 40. Please arrive early for confirmed seating, or alternatively, e-mail ausaf.farooqui@gmail.com to reserve seating.

We will be streamlining future promotions through our dedicated Google Group: Sakhya Indian Cinema Club. Hence, please visit http://groups.google.com/group/sakhya-indian-cinema-club and JOIN THE GROUP to be notified of future film screenings.

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