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Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 1960 (USA)
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (original story "Aparajito"), Satyajit Ray (screenplay) (as script)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Apurba Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay) (as Soumitra Chatterji: in subtitles)
Sharmila Tagore ... Aparna
Alok Chakravarty Alok Chakravarty ... Kajal (as Shriman Alok Chakraborty) (as Aloke Chakravarty: in subtitles)
Swapan Mukherjee Swapan Mukherjee ... Pulu (as Swapan Mukhopadhyay) (as Swapan Mukerji: in subtitles)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tushar Bandyopadhyay Tushar Bandyopadhyay
Gupi Banerjee Gupi Banerjee ... (as Gupi Bandyopadhyay)
Panchanan Bhattacharya Panchanan Bhattacharya
Shanti Bhattacherjee Shanti Bhattacherjee ... Office Associate
Jiten Bhons Jiten Bhons
Abhijit Chatterjee Abhijit Chatterjee ... Aparna's Brother (as Abhijit Chattopadhyay)
Jogesh Chatterjee Jogesh Chatterjee ... (as Jogesh Chattopadhyay)
Asha Devi Asha Devi
Belarani Devi Belarani Devi ... Apu's Neighbor (as Belarani)
Sefalika Devi Sefalika Devi ... Shashinarayan's wife
Biren Ghosh Biren Ghosh
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

4 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apu 3: The World of Apu See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Gross USA:

$16,000
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Production Co:

Satyajit Ray Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

Wedding Guest: The curse turned into a blessing. Your daughter hasn't worshipped Shiva in vain.
Pulu's Aunt: And what a blessing! The moment I saw him, I felt he was nearer to me than my own kin.
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Referenced in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

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The final episode of the Apu Trilogy
11 November 1998 | by ShamimHSee all my reviews

The final episode of the Trilogy takes us to a young adult Apu. Received the British Film Award which Sathyajits' other two episodes (Song of the Road, Unvanquished) also received.

This movie together with the other two movies are a monumental work in movie making. The way the story is portrayed, and the use of many details, enrich the emotional experience it provides. One can recall the way the screen of the movie theatre fades into the window of the horse carriage, or the way the hole on the window curtain reverberates with the spotted decorations on the actress face and etc.

This a "must see" movie for all, in the different ways emotions are expressed and the way it takes the audience in a roller coater ride of emotions. It is an enriching and a moving experience. It reinforces and reinvigorates the humanity within each of us.

To enjoy the movie most, viewers should see the first two episodes in sequence before viewing "Apur Sangsar."


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