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Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1956 (India)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.


Satyajit Ray


Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel) (as Bibhutibhushan Banerji), Satyajit Ray (script by: in subtitles) | 1 more credit »
Top Rated Indian Movies #21 | Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Kamala Adhikari Kamala Adhikari ... Mokshada
Lalchand Banerjee Lalchand Banerjee ... Lahiri (as Lalchand Bandyopadhyay)
Kali Bannerjee ... Kathak (as Kalipada Bandyopadhyay)
Kanu Bannerjee Kanu Bannerjee ... Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay) (as Kanu Banerji in subtitles)
Karuna Bannerjee ... Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay) (as Karuna Banerji in subtitles)
Panchanan Bhattacharya Panchanan Bhattacharya
Debabrata Chakraborty Debabrata Chakraborty
Harendrakumar Chakravarti Harendrakumar Chakravarti ... Doctor
Hemanta Chatterjee Hemanta Chatterjee ... Professor (as Hemanta Chattopadhyay)
Meenakshi Devi Meenakshi Devi ... Pandey's wife
Subodh Ganguli Subodh Ganguli ... Headmaster
Smaran Ghosal ... Apu - adolescent (as Smarankumar Ghoshal) (as Smaran Ghosal in subtitles)
Charuprakash Ghosh Charuprakash Ghosh ... Nanda
Santi Gupta Santi Gupta ... Ginnima (as Shanti Gupta in subtitles)
Ajay Mitra Ajay Mitra ... Anil


After living awhile in Benares, 10 year old Apu and his mother move in with her uncle in a small Bengali village. Apu enters a local school, where he does well. By the time he graduates, he has a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta. So off he goes. His mother is torn by his leaving, and by his growing independence. She loves her son very much and wants him to succeed, but she does not want to be left alone. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Haunting, moving, enduring
13 May 2003 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

This is one of the few films that, ever since first viewing, have reverberated daily in my consciousness--and no doubt on a subconscious level as well.

If somebody wanted to acclaim "Aparajito" as the finest film ever made, I would not offer resistance, though of course that's a kind of meaningless claim to make. It's similar to calling Mozart the finest composer who ever lived--meaningless, yet somehow appropriate.

See "Aparajito" and find out if you don't agree. This film can change the way you look at life and human interaction--forever.

Only slightly weaker, in my opinion, is the first of the three films in this "Apu Trilogy," "Pather Panchali." "Pather Panchali" may be even stronger than "Aparajito" in that it repeatedly reaches heart-wrenching emotional peaks with the slightest of cinematic means. Both films are testimony to the great human heart of Satyajit Ray, surely one of the masterful geniuses of any day, in any medium.

I wish the third member of the trilogy, "The World of Apu," lived up to the standard of the first two. Unfortunately, it's flawed by an excess of sentimentality and melodrama. Still a fine film by ordinary standards, it does fail when measured against its two masterful predecessors. But that's often the way in multi-volume works.

All three films should be seen by anybody who considers film important as a means of human communication, or who cherishes learning about other cultures, or who simply feels in need of some affirmation of the occasional nobility of spirit and mysterious ways of the souls of ordinary human beings.

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Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »


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