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Pather Panchali (1955)

 -  Drama  -  22 September 1958 (USA)
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The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ...
Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi ...
Uma Das Gupta ...
Durga (as Uma Dasgupta)
Subir Banerjee ...
Apu (as Subir Bandopadhyay)
Runki Banerjee ...
Little Durga (as Runki Bandopadhyay)
Reba Devi ...
Seja Thakrun
Aparna Devi ...
Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty ...
Prasanna, school teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haren Banerjee ...
Chinibas, Sweet-seller (as Haren Bandyopadhyay)
Rampada Das
Nibhanani Devi ...
Dasi Thakurun
Rama Gangopadhaya ...
Ranu Mookerjee
Roma Ganguli ...
Roma (as Rama Gangopadhyay)
Binoy Mukherjee ...
Baidyanath Majumdar (as Binoy Mukhopadhyay)
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Storyline

The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road  »

Box Office

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$536,364 (USA)
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(within Bengal)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is translated as "song of the little road". See more »

Quotes

Harihar Ray: Whatever God does is for the best.
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It's A Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by the band
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one of the most beautiful Indian films.
26 July 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This has to be by-far Satayjit Ray's most beautiful and greatest achievement in cinema. Looking at all the aspects, will definitely inspire someone to make a film more like this in our generation. I saw this film at a recent 50th anniversary screening in my hometown. I really loved the director's beautiful creation, his attention to detail works very neatly and exactly as the director had planned. I wish i had got to see the Apu Trilogy, the character which followed in the other two sequels, must be watched also.

The story is simple, only focusing on the life of one family. but the true trademarks of the film go to the Actors, the Director and his screenplay. Anyone who wants to learn film-making must not miss this film. A true cinematic achievement's and one of the most beautiful films from one of the most important directors of this era.


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