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Apu Trilogy - Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) & Apur Sansar (1959) - (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)

03 Sep, 2008 | Movies To See Before You Die / Drama / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi)

The world renowned master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s famous trilogy of 3 movies (Bengali) based on the life of Apu and his family has a definite place in All Time Great Movies List made anywhere in the world till date. The films (especially the first one in the series titled “Pather Panchali”) are considered as one of the best expressions on human relationships and sufferings in the extreme conditions of a life lived in villages. The series specifically focuses on the Indian culture and the circumstances faced by people in the rural areas and their migration to the cities in that particular time period of the century. The scripts were actually based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s two Bengali novels: Pather Panchali (1929) and Aparajito (1932), along with music composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar.

In Pather Panchali (“Song of the Little Road” - 1955) (Satayjit Ray’s most appreciated movie among all) – the director focuses on kid Apu, his sister Durga, their parents and their old grandmother living her final years in rural Bengal.

In Aparajito (“The Unvanquished” - 1956) – the main emphasis is on Apu’s relationship with his mother, his schooling plus their fresh days in the city and then the return to the village fighting with poverty.

And in Apur Sansar (“The World of Apu” - 1959)– the story focuses on the grown up Apu, his wife, their only son and Apu’s inner search of the soul when once again he has to face an unexpected twist so early in life, shattering him emotionally. But then eventually he realizes his mistakes and comes back to his son.
As the key point, DEATH - the ultimate truth of life, plays a significant role in all the three films and becomes the main transforming feature of the script in the entire story progression at regular intervals. Interestingly Ray didn’t make the third part in continuation and directed two completely diverse films in between before going back to the subject in Apur Sansar.
A must watch for every student of cinema anywhere in the globe, this three part series has got a lot to teach in terms of vision, cinematography, music, performances and realism portrayed on the screen so truthfully. Though the present net-age generation may find this reputed milestone of Indian Cinema, quite slow and depressing too full of grief and sad moments, still it is strongly suggested that do watch this exceptionally made trilogy as one of your essential creative lessons to study the medium, particularly to feel the essence of human feelings, captured beautifully by the one & only Satyajit Ray in his own world famous style with the minimum resources.
Screenplay & Directed By Satyajit Ray
Music : Ravi Shankar
Pather Panchali (“Song of the Little Road” - 1955)
Featuring Kanu Bannerji, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Runki Bannerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Das Gupta and more.
Aparajito (“The Unvanquished” - 1956)
Featuring Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Bannerjee, Kali Bannerjee, Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee and more.

Apur Sansar (“The World of Apu” - 1959)
Featuring Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee, Gupi  Bannerjee, Abhijit Chatterjee and more.

Tags : Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur SansarSatyajit Ray, Ravi Shankar, Movies To See Before You die, Must See Movie List By Bobby Sing
03 Sep 2008 / Comment ( 2 )

Just to add on -
Ray later on has written that it was indeed DEATH that made him fell in love with the novel. Interestingly this was probably one of the first bengali novels that he had read and then as it happened - his entire life of work is actually based on bng literature.. 

Also to say - he thought of making diff cinema after pather panchali and liked a short story however it didn't happen that time and he zeroed on Aparajito. The story was later made to Mahanagar (also available in BTC)

Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Avik for the valuable addition.
Glad to know that I was thinking rightly about the exact thought process of the master behind the making of the project.
Keep Visiting and Writing in.

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