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The World of Apu (1959)
"Apur Sansar" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 October 1960 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Apurba Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Sharmila Tagore ...
Alok Chakravarty ...
Kajal (as Shriman Alok Chakraborty)
Swapan Mukherjee ...
Pulu (as Swapan Mukhopadhyay)
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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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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I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't seen it....
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"Apur Sansar" is the greatest film ever made. Ray handles every aspect of storytelling on film with so much grace that it's impossible to resist his masterwork. Soumitra Chatterjee's performances is easily the greatest ever put on film. His work is heart-wrenching and haunting, going from a boyish innocence to a matured, cynical bitterness about life and the world. Ray's movie if full of loneliness and heartbreak. It makes you realize just how fragile human relationships are, how easily people die, grieve and yearn for love and redemption. The music is incredible. The combination of the movie's score and Ray's images is magical. You'll never forget it.


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