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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:

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

4 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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One of the problems facing Satyajit Ray was that showing scenes of intimacy between a young married couple - such as kissing and hugging - were strictly forbidden at the time. See more »

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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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Superb finale to the saga
22 March 2009 | by Jag85See all my reviews

I found Apur Sansar, the final part of the Apu Trilogy, every bit as superb as its prequels. I liked the pacing even better than its predecessors, as there was not a single moment that didn't keep me interested. Although the ending wasn't as powerful as its prequels, I thought it was a more hopeful and fitting ending for the saga. However, it did give me the feeling that I didn't want the story to end at all.

Soumitra Chatterjee's debut performance as the adult Apu was truly Oscar-worthy (like Karuna Bannerjee who played his mother in the first two films) and a young Sharmila Tagore was also convincing in her debut performance as his wife. Overall, I'd say Apur Sansar is my second favourite in the Apu Trilogy, after Aparajito.

Now that I've finally finished watching the Apu Trilogy, I must say this is probably the greatest film trilogy I've ever seen. Although it's a simple story about a country boy's growth to adulthood, it felt like I was watching a truly epic saga. Satyajit Ray really is one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century in my opinion.

10/10


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