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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Satyajit Ray Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sharmila Tagore, who plays Aparna, the wife of Apu (played by Soumitra Chatterjee), and who was only 14-years-old when she appeared in the film, later recalled filming the scene in which Apu brings his new bride back to his untidy apartment in the city. The director, Satyajit Ray, gave Tagore no direction, other than that she was to enter the room and look around, and she did not view the apartment set before they shot the scene. So when Chatterjee opened the door and they both walked in, Aparna's reaction to Apu's living quarters was actually Tagore's own spontaneous reaction. Later, she realized that Ray deliberately did not prepare her, in order to obtain exactly that spontaneous response from her. See more »

Quotes

Neighbor "Mr. Roy": Tell me, why don't you ever get mail? Does no one write to you? Not even a girlfriend? It would be nice to open a love letter by mistake. Really? Just as well. Put it off as long as you can. Don't get embroiled in matrimonetary complications. I speak from experience.
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Masterpiece
3 January 1999 | by HuronSee all my reviews

For westerners, like myself, the beauty and wonder of the Indian culture and humanity of the people was supremely captured in Ray's masterpiece. I've seen the film three times and each reveals new insights.


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