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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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Credited cast:
Kamala Adhikari ...
Mokshada
Lalchand Banerjee ...
Lahiri (as Lalchand Bandyopadhyay)
Kali Bannerjee ...
Kathak (as Kalipada Bandyopadhyay)
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay) (as Kanu Banerji in subtitles)
Karuna Bannerjee ...
Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay) (as Karuna Banerji in subtitles)
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) (as Smaran Ghosal in subtitles)
Charuprakash Ghosh ...
Nanda
Santi Gupta ...
Ginnima (as Shanti Gupta in subtitles)
Ajay Mitra ...
Anil
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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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Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005. See more »

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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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29 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Satajit Ray was to old, sick and spent to fully appreciate his special Oscar, it was to the Academy's credit that it finally did recognize this supreme artist.

It's often been said that "Aparajito" is the lesser of the three film that comprise "The Apu Trilogy." I personally don't buy that. Here is a finely etched portrait of a young man as he leaves his primitive Indian village and widowed mother to better himself through education at a Calcutta University.

The relationship between mother and son are beautifully presented, with their differing values representative of passing generations. The circumstances may be specific, while the story is universal.

It is about the age-old tension between human choices and challenging environments, about the balancing of values in achieving one's heart's desires.

The emotional fluctuations felt by both mother and son are sharply depicted, including the loss of one's parents as a unique, one-time experience. One must pick up the pieces and move on, as Apu does.

Viewing "Pather Panchali," "Aparajito" and "The World of Apu" in one continuous sequence is the proper way to get the full impact of this incredible piece of work.


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