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The World of Apu (1959)

Apur Sansar (original title)
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:

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:

The World of Apu See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,064, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$134,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,241
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Apu arises from bed, there is a spilled inkwell on his left side. However, when he is cleaning up the mess, there is an ink stain on the right side of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Pulu: So are you writing anything? What are you writing?
Apurba Roy: A wonderful novel.
Pulu: And you've kept it mum all this time?
Apurba Roy: You know a good publisher?
Pulu: All in good time.
Apurba Roy: Listen to this: a young boy. A young boy. A village boy. Poor but sensitive. His father's a priest. The father dies. The boy comes to the city. He doesn't want to be a priest. He'll study. He's ambitious. He studies. Through his education and struggles, we watch as he sheds his old superstitions and fixed views. He questions everything and ...
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Referenced in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) See more »

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The final... a must see
4 January 2007 | by badar1981See all my reviews

Being a great fan of Satyajeet, i must admire the fact that he is true craftsmen again while watching this one. The visual sense, musical score, dressing and above all words to make dialogs are almost perfect. One can not think of better things to keep the balance. Specially the image/shadow style as shown in other film (Pather Panchali) is beautiful.

I think above all it is the script/story which catches you from the start. Apu is carefree and suddenly he finds him in the world where he has to care not only for himself but his wife and the form they are in. It is stunning to see the transformation in a manner that one can't notice.

A must see...

9/10


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