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Aparajito (1957)

 -  Drama  -  1957 (India)
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A boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamala Adhikari ...
Mokshada
Lalchand Banerjee ...
Lahiri (as Lalchand Bandyopadhyay)
Kali Bannerjee ...
Kathak (as Kalipada Bandyopadhyay)
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ...
Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay)
Panchanan Bhattacharya
Debabrata Chakraborty
Harendrakumar Chakravarti ...
Doctor
Hemanta Chatterjee ...
Professor (as Hemanta Chattopadhyay)
Meenakshi Devi ...
Pandey's wife
Subodh Ganguli ...
Headmaster
Smaran Ghosal ...
Apu - adolescent (as Smarankumar Ghoshal)
Charuprakash Ghosh ...
Nanda
Santi Gupta ...
Ginnima
Ajay Mitra ...
Anil
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Storyline

After living awhile in Benares, 10 year old Apu and his mother move in with her uncle in a small Bengali village. Apu enters a local school, where he does well. By the time he graduates, he has a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta. So off he goes. His mother is torn by his leaving, and by his growing independence. She loves her son very much and wants him to succeed, but she does not want to be left alone. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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O Invencível  »

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$170,215 (USA)
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The first Indian film to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Ray, who was attending the festival, was utterly flabbergasted as he felt that the film contained some serious flaws. See more »

Quotes

Sarbojaya Ray: What is there at Keoratola?
Apu: [sleepily] Burning hot...
Sarbojaya Ray: What?
Apu: They have cremations.
Sarbojaya Ray: I see... I hope you're careful on the roads. When are your finals? After that you can get a job and I'll stay with you. Will you have me? Will that ever be, I wonder? Who knows how long one has to live? Suppose I fall seriously ill,,,I'm not so well as I used to be. In the evenings I'm often feverish, I've no appetite. I thought of telling you... but I couldn't. I don't suppose you'd leave college to look after me,...
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Follows Pather Panchali (1955) See more »

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I saw it in a theatre in Houston
7 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw the movie in a theatre in Houston. It was a sizeable crowd. And when the movie ended, there was a long silence as folks gathered themselves from an emotional experience they probably had never experienced. As we slowly walked out and went to the underground parking garage, we noticed several couples were still contemplating the movie as they sat silently in their cars.

Aparajito or the Unvanquished, promotes the human spirit. We will all pass away, but it is how we live and struggle is what counts. As the recent Storms in our part of the world had shown great losses to the lives of many, yet we must continue with our struggle on a path of goodness and decency against insurmountable odds at times.

Aparajito will forever engrave in your hearts the choices we face in our lives and what is important and what is fluff? See the movie and let us hear from you.

Again it is movie making at its peak.


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