The World Of Apu (Apur Sansar)

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(out of 5)


Satyajit Ray’s beautiful trilogy of films comes to a conclusion with this exploration of his protagonist’s adult life, having left the ups and downs of youth well behind him. Now a grown man looking to establish himself as a writer, Apu accompanies a friend to a wedding and witnesses devastation when it turns out that the bride’s intended groom is mentally unwell and cannot go through with the ceremony. Desiring that the family not be plunged into eternal shame, Apu’s friend begs him to take the vacant spot and enter the marriage; with the subtle humour that only Ray can do so exceptionally well, our hero agrees. It is not long before he discovers a deep love and tenderness for his lovely wife, but it is also not long before the difficulties of life are upon him and thwart his literary ambitions. Apu’s journey into his heartbreak and return to humane responsibility is the perfect reward for the previous films, and this capper is yet another gorgeous example of this great director’s memorably sensitive talent.


India, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story Aparajito by

Cinematography by

Produced by Satyajit Ray

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection


Cast Tags:  , , ,


New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film From Any Source


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