Aparajito (1956)

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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

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  • Satyajit Ray and Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Smaran Ghosal in Aparajito (1956)
  • Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Kanu Bannerjee in Aparajito (1956)
  • Karuna Bannerjee and Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Karuna Bannerjee in Aparajito (1956)

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Satyajit Ray


Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (script by: in subtitles), Kanailal Basu (assistant screenplay writer)

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29 November 2006 | haridam0
| Superior Film-making
Although Satajit Ray was to old, sick and spent to fully appreciate his special Oscar, it was to the Academy's credit that it finally did recognize this supreme artist.

It's often been said that "Aparajito" is the lesser of the three film that comprise "The Apu Trilogy." I personally don't buy that. Here is a finely etched portrait of a young man as he leaves his primitive Indian village and widowed mother to better himself through education at a Calcutta University.

The relationship between mother and son are beautifully presented, with their differing values representative of passing generations. The circumstances may be specific, while the story is universal.

It is about the age-old tension between human choices and challenging environments, about the balancing of values in achieving one's heart's desires.

The emotional fluctuations felt by both mother and son are sharply depicted, including the loss of one's parents as a unique, one-time experience. One must pick up the pieces and move on, as Apu does.

Viewing "Pather Panchali," "Aparajito" and "The World of Apu" in one continuous sequence is the proper way to get the full impact of this incredible piece of work.

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