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It is adapted from the last one-fifth of Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee’s novel Pather Panchali and the first one-third of its sequel Aparajito When Ray started making Pather Panchalihe had no plans of following it up with a sequel. The critical and commercial banfopadhyay of the film prompted him to start making Aparajito. As a result, in contrast to its predecessor, the film was not received well locally; Ray recalled that “as for the suburban audience, it was shocked by the portrayal of the mother and son relationship, so sharply at variance aaprajito the conventional notion of mutual sweetness and devotion”.

Critical reception outside of India, however, was overwhelmingly positive.

Book review: Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s ‘Aparajito’

It won 11 international awards, including the Golden Lion and Critics Award at the Venice Film Festivalbecoming the first ever film to win both. Ray, that it develops a sort of hypnotism for the serene and tolerant viewer.

Never before had one man had such a decisive impact on the films of his culture. InApu Pinaki Sen Gupta and his parents, who have left their home in rural Bengalhave settled into an apartment in Varanasi where his father Harihar Kanu Banerjee works as a priest.

Harihar is making headway in his new pursuits: Bandopdhyay catches a fever and soon dies, however, and his wife Apparajito Karuna Banerjee is forced to begin work as a maid.

With the assistance of a great-uncle, Apu and his mother return to Bengal and settle in the village Mansapota. There Apu apprentices as a priest, but pines to attend the local school which aparwjito mother is persuaded to allow. He excels at his studies, impressing a visiting dignitary, and the headmaster takes special interest in him. Within a few years, the teenaged Apu now bibhutibhhshan by Smaran Ghosal has done well enough to receive a scholarship to go to Kolkata for further studies.

Sarbajaya feels abandoned and frightened by this, but gives in and lovingly packs his suitcase. Apu travels by train to the city and starts working at a printing press, after school hours, to subsist. He becomes more accustomed to the city life and feels out of place in the village. Sarbajaya expects visits from him, but he visits only a few times. Her loneliness and yearning for her son continue to grow.

Bancopadhyay becomes seriously ill, but does not disclose her illness to Apu, lest his studies get disturbed. When Apu finally comes to know about her poor health, he returns to the village to find that she has died. Bhabataran, Apu’s great uncle, requests that he stay there and work as a priest. Apu rejects the idea and returns to Kolkata. Aparajito was based on the last fifth of the novel Pather Panchali and the first third of the novel Aparajito by Banerjee. Banerjee’s depiction of the mother-son relation fascinated Ray.


Ray was in particular moved by Banerjee’s “daring and profound revelation”, that “for some time after Sarbajaya’s death Apu becomes familiar with a strange sensation After all, later Apu was full of regret at his initial reaction upon his mother’s death.

And as he realized, her death actually came as a very big blow to him. The novels had a female character named Leela who influenced Apu’s alienation from his mother when he was living in Calcutta.

Eventually, Ray removed the character from the script reluctantly. Subrata Mitrathe cinematographer for The Apu Trilogymade his first technical innovation with this film: According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers: The fear of monsoon rain had forced the art director, Bansi Chandragupta, to abandon the original plan to build the inner courtyard of a typical Benares house in the open and the set was built inside a studio in Calcutta.

Mitra recalls arguing in vain with both Chandragupta and Ray about the impossibilities of simulating shadowless diffused skylight.

But this led him to innovate what became subsequently his most important tool—bounce lighting. Mitra placed a framed painter white cloth bibhutibhushaj the set resembling a patch of sky and arranged studio lights below to bounce off the fake bibhuttibhushan.

The film has been enthusiastically received by critics. Aparajito was filmed forty years ago, half way around the world, yet the themes and emotions embedded in the narrative are strikingly relevant to modern Western society thus explaining why it is called a “timeless classic” Aparajito is an amazing motion picture.

Its rich, poetic composition is perfectly wed to the sublime emotional resonance of the narrative. For those who have seen Pather PanchaliAparajito provides a nearly-flawless continuation of the journey begun there.

Yet, for those who missed Ray’s earlier effort, this film loses none of its impact. On its own or as part of the Apu Trilogy, Aparajito should not be missed. Roger Ebert said, “the relationship between Apu and his mother observes truths that must exist in all cultures: It is about a time, place and culture far removed from our own, and yet it connects directly and deeply with our human feelings.

It is like a prayer, affirming that this is what the cinema can be, no matter how far in our cynicism we may stray.

Nonetheless, in his upbeat outlook, Ray suggests that individuals can rise to the occasion and might not be compromised by the corruption that characterizes the society at large. Ray’s remarkable camera catches beauty in so many things, from the softness of a mother’s sad expression to the silhouette of a distant train, that innuendos take up the slack of drama.


Hindu music and expressive natural sounds complete the stimulation of the senses in this strange, sad, evocative film. Aparajito won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and, to date, remains the only film sequel to ever win the grand prize at the prestigious Venice, Berlin or Cannes Film Festivals.

Smaran Ghosal who played the role of adolescent Apuat the age of 14, did only one more film, documentary Rabindranath Tagorealso made by Ray, where he played young Rabindranath Tagore.

Smaran died in in Kolkata, at the age of Together, the three films constitute the Abndopadhyay trilogy. Pather Panchali portrays the childhood of Apu in their ancestral house. Apur Sansar depicts Apu’s adult life, his reaction to his wife’s premature death, and his final bonding with his son whom he abandoned as an infant. Ray did not initially plan to make a trilogy: According to Michael Sragow of The Atlantic Monthly in”The youthful coming-of-age dramas that have flooded art houses since the mid-fifties owe a tremendous debt to the Apu trilogy, which Terrence Rafferty aparajitto rightly called ‘cinema’s purest Bildungsroman ‘.

He worked on scriptingcasting, scoringcinematographyart directionediting and designing his own credit titles and publicity material. He developed a distinctive style of film-making [42] based on visual lyricism and strong humanism, [43] [44] as in his Apu trilogy. Thus Ray established himself as an auteur of cinema. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aparajito A poster of Aparajito. Retrieved 20 September The New York Times.

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