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The World of Apu (1959)

Apur Sansar (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 1960 (USA)
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer as he lives through poverty, and the unforeseen turn of events.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Apurba Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay) (as Soumitra Chatterji: in subtitles)
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Alok Chakravarty ...
Kajal (as Shriman Alok Chakraborty) (as Aloke Chakravarty: in subtitles)
Swapan Mukherjee ...
Pulu (as Swapan Mukhopadhyay) (as Swapan Mukerji: in subtitles)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tushar Bandyopadhyay
Gupi Banerjee ...
(as Gupi Bandyopadhyay)
Panchanan Bhattacharya
Shanti Bhattacherjee ...
Office Associate
Jiten Bhons
Abhijit Chatterjee ...
Aparna's Brother (as Abhijit Chattopadhyay)
Jogesh Chatterjee ...
(as Jogesh Chattopadhyay)
Asha Devi
Belarani Devi ...
Apu's Neighbor (as Belarani)
Sefalika Devi ...
Shashinarayan's wife
Biren Ghosh
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Storyline

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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Also Known As:

Apu 3: The World of Apu  »

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$16,000 (USA)
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Sharmila Tagore, 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 »

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Apurba Roy: What will they think?
Aparna: Who?
Apurba Roy: My neighbors. I'm invited to a wedding and I come home with the bride!
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Follows Pather Panchali (1955) See more »

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A picture says a thousand words
12 January 2006 | by (Bangalore) – See all my reviews

This movie is Ray at his best. Its sublime. Its distilled to perfection. You need not hear the dialogs or read the subtitles to follow and appreciate it. The visuals and background score tell the store more eloquently. The movie has a soul which will get destroyed if you make even the slightest change to the story, acting, cinematography, music etc. Ray has brought out the best in his actors. They are not experienced actors though both of the leading pair later go on achieve mega success as movie stars. If you blink an eye, you will miss out on the emotions captured. For example, when Aparna is brought to her new home, there is moment in which she matures – from a girl to a woman – while gazing out of the torn curtain. There are several such brief moments. The dialog is minimalist but enchanting. The letter from Aparna to Apu captures love in all its glory – longing, desire, concern and trust. Its movie-making at its best.


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