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Director:
Writers:
Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (original story "Aparajito")
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Release Date:
4 October 1960 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Breathtaking Beauty See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Soumitra Chatterjee ... Apurba Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Sharmila Tagore ... Aparna
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
Dhiren Ghosh ... Landlord
Biresh Majumdar
Dhiresh Majumdar ... Shashinarayan
Bechu Singha

Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay  original story "Aparajito"
Satyajit Ray  screenplay

Produced by
Aminyanath Mukherji .... co-producer (as Amiyanath Mukhopadhyay)
Satyajit Ray .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ravi Shankar 
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra 
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Set Decoration by
Subodh Das 
Chhedilal Sharma  (as Chhedi Lal)
 
Makeup Department
Sakti Sen .... makeup artist (as Shakti Sen)
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Bhanu Ghosh .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nityananda Datta .... assistant director
Shailen Dutta .... assistant director
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant director
Amiya Sanyal .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Surath Mondal .... assistant art director
Chhedilal Sharma .... assistant art director (as Chhedi Lal)
Ramchandra Shende .... backdrops (as R. R. Sinde)
 
Sound Department
Satyen Chatterjee .... re-recording (as Satyen Chattopadhyay)
Kali Das .... assistant sound recordist
Durgadas Mitra .... sound recordist
Bishnu Paridha .... assistant sound recordist
Robin Sengupta .... assistant sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Prabhas Bhattacharya .... lighting
Purnendu Bose .... assistant camera (as Purnendu Basu)
Krishna Chakraborty .... assistant camera
Krishna Das .... lighting
Anil Pal .... lighting
Bhabaranjan Roy .... lighting
Nimai Roy .... assistant camera
Soumendu Roy .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Ashishtaru Mukhopadhyay .... assistant editor
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Satyen Chatterjee .... background music recordist (as Satyen Chattopadhyay)
 
Other crew
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
 
Thanks
Gopin Bandyopadhyay .... acknowledgment (as Shri Gopin Bandyopadhyay)
B.B. Lahiri .... acknowledgment (as Mr. B. B. Lahiri)
Ranajit Palchowdhury .... acknowledgment (as Shri Ranajit Palchowdhury)
 

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Also Known As:
"Apur Sansar" - India (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade)
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Trivia:
One of the problems facing Satyajit Ray was that showing scenes of intimacy between a young married couple - such as kissing and hugging - were strictly forbidden at the time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Apur Panchali (2014)See more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Breathtaking Beauty, 6 November 2003
Author: ScreenSaver (skategrommet@aol.com) from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) is the stunning final chapter of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, one of the most widely acclaimed series in film. While Pather Panchali and Aparajito, the trilogy's first two, are extremely well crafted, the lack the heart-wrenching beauty of this installment. These three films revolve around tragedy, and it has an almost predestined quality to it, which reminded me somewhat of Stanley Kubrick's excellent, "Barry Lyndon." That's where the similarities end of course, as this film is warm and radiates humanity, and Lyndon (as well as all of Kubrick's work) is cold and icy. Ray's rich lyrical realism breathes beauty in the mundane acts of his characters. The film opens as Apu, now a young man, attempts to eek out a living. He searches relentlessly for work, most of which is monotonous and doesn't pay well. However his pudgy friend Pulu invites him to a wedding, and Apu obliges, hoping maybe this display of love will help inspire him and the novel he is writing. In a fascinating turn of events (which I won't spoil,) Apu finds himself coming back to Calcutta married. Aparna, his new bride, is used to a life of luxury outside of the big city` but she is prepared for a life of poverty with her new husband. In one of the most beautiful sequences in film, Apu and his bride slowly begin to love and care for one another. The beauty of this is that we never see them embrace, or kiss or make love. Instead we see it in gestures, in window curtains, in little notes Aparna puts in Apu's cigarettes reminding him only to have one after every meal. Their love is like a dream of love we've had, one that's so innocent and wonderful we want to dream forever. But like all dreams, Apu must wake up. Happiness is just a fleeting emotion for Apu, one that enters his life at random points and then dissapears. Apu wanders bitterly through the Indian landscape, searching for solace and peace. The end moments cannot be explained in words, and simply must be experienced. One of the greatest films of all time. 10/10

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