Not Rated | | Drama
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
Oddly enough, the films premiere actually took place at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on May 3, 1955 - in conjunction with the museum's "Textiles and Ornamental Arts of India" exhibition. It was then released later that same year in Calcutta, India. It was not released to a wide audience in the USA, until three years later, on September 22, 1958.
No matter what people say, Mr. Ray is a good man. Here you are. Three months' wages - 24 rupees. Count it. I'll quickly say my evening prayers.
Although the film is set in early 20th Century rural India (a time in which public health campaigns presumably did not exist), when Apu and Durga are shown hiding in the fields waiting to catch a glimpse of the train, a vaccination mark is clearly visible on the right arm of Uma Das Gupta, who portrays Durga.
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