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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins See more »
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David Jeffers - The cornerstone of Indian film. 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
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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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Additional Details

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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Sharmila Tagore was only 14 when she made the film.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
David Jeffers - The cornerstone of Indian film., 24 October 2005
Author: rdjeffers from Seattle

"The World of Apu" is a tale joy of and tragedy, unmatched in its beauty and profound emotion. Satyajit Ray's final film in the Apu trilogy ranks with King Vidor's "The Crowd" and Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Ordet" as a cinema landmark of family life. But it far exceeds those films in its visual poetry. Apu's journey with a friend and his unplanned marriage sets the stage for a story of domestic life in all its simple joy and awful despair. The serene, contented beauty of the girl is a soaring vision, matched in its humanity only by the broken heart of Apu when she dies. The pages of an unfinished novel, a life's work floating in the mountain air like the seeds of a dandelion, become the symbol of Apu's devastation. The rebirth of life and hope realized in the child illustrates a fundamental belief of Hinduism. Beautifully photographed and edited, "The World of Apu" is a masterpiece of film as narrative storytelling. It is the most "Indian" of all Indian films.

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