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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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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

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

4 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apur Sansar See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Gross USA:

$16,000
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Apurba Roy: [First lines] I'll be going, sir.
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David Jeffers - The cornerstone of Indian film.
24 October 2005 | by rdjeffersSee all my reviews

"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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