My Adventures with Satyajit Ray: The Making of Shatranj Ke Khilari

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HarperCollins, Oct 10, 2017 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
For those who know their Indian cinema, Shatranj Ke Khilari is film-maker Satyajit Ray's only feature film in Hindi/Urdu and also his most expensive film, employing lavish stage design and stars of both Mumbai and Western cinema. A period piece set in nineteenth-century Lucknow, capital of the state of Oudh, the film revolves around the court of the flamboyant artist-king Wajid Ali Shah against the backdrop of the East India Company's avaricious annexation of Oudh in 1856.Jindal, Ray's young and artistically committed producer of Shatranj Ke Khilari, looks back on the gripping story of how Ray came to direct the film despite his unequivocal declaration that he would never write and direct a film that was not in Bengali. Quoting extensively from Ray's fascinating unpublished letters to Jindal, it evokes the driving passion, original historical research and trademark devotion to detail that Ray brought to every aspect of the production.
 

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Contents

The Meeting
A Brief Biography
The Beginnings
Research and Scheduling
Casting
Final Preparations
Filming
Postproduction
The Release and After
Looking Back
Copyright
Copyright

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An electronics engineer by training, Suresh Jindal got interested in cinema while studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, US, in the late 1960s. He was among the producers who made possible the dreams of film-makers working outside the mainstream. He has produced films that are considered milestones in Indian arthouse cinema, including Rajnigandha, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Gandhi and Katha. He is a recipient of the Chevalier des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres given by the French government.

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