Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu's friend asks him to become the husband. After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bride, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies while giving birth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife's parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world. Written by
L.H. Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
, who plays Aparna, the wife of Apu (played by Soumitra Chatterjee
), and who was only 14-years-old when she appeared in the film, later recalled filming the scene in which Apu brings his new bride back to his untidy apartment in the city. The director, Satyajit Ray
, gave Tagore no direction, other than that she was to enter the room and look around, and she did not view the apartment set before they shot the scene. So when Chatterjee opened the door and they both walked in, Aparna's reaction to Apu's living quarters was actually Tagore's own spontaneous reaction. Later, she realized that Ray deliberately did not prepare her, in order to obtain exactly that spontaneous response from her. See more