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Release Date:
22 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Kanu Bannerjee ... Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ... Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi ... Indir Thakrun
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)
Haridhan Nag
Harimohan Nag ... Doctor
Kshirod Roy ... Priest
Suren Roy
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Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay  novel
Satyajit Ray  screenplay

Original Music by
Ravi Shankar 
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra 
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Suren Sahu .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ashish Barman .... assistant director
Santi Chatterjee .... assistant director (as Shantikumar Chattopadhyay)
Subir Hajra .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Suresh Chandra Chandra .... assistant art director (as Suresh Chandra)
Dibakar Dutta .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Bhupen Ghosh .... sound recordist
Samir Ghosh .... assistant sound recordist
Durgacharan Mitra .... additional sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jagmohan Behrowa .... assistant camera
Baren Bhattacharya .... assistant camera
Dinen Gupta .... assistant camera
Nimai Roy .... assistant camera
Soumendu Roy .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Bemananda Brajwasi .... assistant editor
Harinarayan Mukhopadhyay .... assistant editor
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant editor
Sukumar Sengupta .... chief assistant editor
 
Music Department
Satyen Chatterjee .... music recordist (as Satyen Chattopadhyay)
Sitaram Das .... musician
Aloknath Dey .... flute (as Alok Dey)
Pratap Narayan Mitra .... pakhowaj (as Pratapnarayan Mitra)
Dakshina Mohan Tagore .... dilruba and tarmalai (as Dakshinamohan Tagore)
 
Other crew
Somen Gupta .... assistant publicist
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road" - USA (DVD title)
"Song of the Little Road" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Runtime:
India:122 min (within Bengal) | Argentina:119 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Québec) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (re-release) (2008) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:U | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Legend has it that on the first day of shooting, Satyajit Ray had never directed a scene, his cameraman Subrata Mitra had never photographed one and none of his child actors had even been screentested for their roles.See more »
Quotes:
Durga:Listen...
Apu:What is it?
Durga:When I'm better, we'll go and look at the trains again. We'll get a good look this time.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Videoclub (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's A Long Way to TipperarySee more »

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
One of the best, 9 September 2005
Author: sumanta6 from India

The film is certainly a masterpiece. The film is overwhelmingly real and the key element in the movie is the maintenance of this realism. The characters are so true to the ethnic rural-sixties Indian existence that one is compelled to wonder if the film was captured through surveillance cameras.

Pather Panchali, released in 1955, is the first film of director Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy. The film is a serene and beautiful depiction of a little boy's childhood in the Indian countryside in the 1950s.The film was made on a shoestring budget by a hitherto unknown director. Apart from a seventy-year-old woman who made her name in the 1930s on the stage, none of the cast had ever acted before and many had been plucked from the Indian rurality. In contrast Satyajit Ray completed the trilogy on the behest of the Indian Prime Minister, pointing to the film's cultural impact.

It's a quiet, simple tale, centering on the life of a small family living in a rural village in Bengal. The father, Harihar (Kanu Bannerjee), is a priest and poet who cares more about his writing and spiritual welfare than obtaining wages he is owed. The mother, Sarbojaya (Karuna Bannerjee), worries that her husband's financial laxity will leave her without enough food for her two children, daughter Durga (Uma Das Gupta) and son Apu (Subir Bannerjee). Harihar's family often lives on the edge of poverty, coping with the unkind taunts of their neighbors, the burden of caring for an aging aunt (Chunibala Devi), and the terrible aftermath of a natural catastrophe.

Most of what transpires is shown through the eyes of either Sarbojaya or Durga, and, as a result, we identify most closely with these two. Harihar is absent for more than half of the movie, and, before the penultimate scene, Apu is a mere witness to events, rather than a participant. Until the closing moments, we don't get a sense of the young boy as a fully formed individual, since he's always in someone else's shadow.

The simple story of the Bengali family will definitely stay in my heart for a long time to come. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?........

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