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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.

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Satyajit Ray

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Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel) (as Bibhutibhushan Banerji), Satyajit Ray (script by: in subtitles) | 1 more credit »
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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
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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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Grand Prize Winner Venice Film Festival See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

11 October 1956 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Aparajito See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,064, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$134,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,241
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sarbojaya Ray: What is there at Keoratola?
Apu: [sleepily] Burning hot...
Sarbojaya Ray: What?
Apu: They have cremations.
Sarbojaya Ray: I see... I hope you're careful on the roads. When are your finals? After that you can get a job and I'll stay with you. Will you have me? Will that ever be, I wonder? Who knows how long one has to live? Suppose I fall seriously ill... I'm not so well as I used to be. In the evenings I'm often feverish, I've no appetite. I thought of telling you... but I couldn't. I don't suppose you'd leave college to look after me...
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Parents do not Live Forever
30 December 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1920, in Benares, the ten-year old boy Apu lives happily with his mother and his father. When his father dies, Apu and his mother move to a village with her uncle. Soon Apu asks his mother to study in the local school where he becomes a distinguished student. When Apu is a teenager, the headmaster offers a scholarship to him to study in Calcutta and her mother gives her savings to him to support his new life. Apu works at a printing press at night to support himself in Calcutta while his mother misses him. But soon he neglects his mother and the college. When he learns that his mother is sick, he returns to the village where she is to visit her, but it may be too late.

"Aparajito" is a realistic drama with the coming of age of Apu in a big city and the loneliness of his mother in a village in the poor Bengal countryside. The story is very simple but with great performances that give the sensation of a documentary. Apu's new life makes him forget his beloved mother and in the end he learns that parents do not live forever and he should have given more attention to her before it is too late. My vote is seven.

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