Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary celebration
The second in Satyajit Ray’s trilogy of Indian life, Aparajito is humanist film-making at its best.
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast includes: Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal
Satyajit Ray's birth centenary celebration
110 Mins / 1956 / India, Subtitles
Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. Aparajito picks up where the first film leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares).
As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.
The third film of this trilogy, Apur Sansar, will screen on Sunday 19th September. Book now for Apur Sansar >>
(The first film in the trilogy, Pather Panchali, screens Sunday 5 September.)
You can still enjoy the films as standalone pieces, without having seen the earlier films in the trilogy.
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