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Aparajito (1956)




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The Unvanquished is the second of Indian director Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" (the first was Pather Panchali). Ray's young protagonist Apu is permitted a formal education over the gentle objections of his mother, who'd wanted him to be priest. Eventually, Apu earns a university scholarship and arrives in the teeming metropolis of Calcutta. Overwhelmed by life in the Big City, the impressionable country boy forgets about his loving mother. By the time Apu returns to his home, he finds it's too late to pick up pieces. Smaran Ghosal plays the adult Apu, with Pinaki Sen Gupta portraying his younger counterpart in the flashback. Aparajito was derived from a novel by Bibhutibhusan. The film also features a musical score by Ravi Shankar. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Satyajit Ray, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
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On DVD: Oct 28, 2003


Karuna Bannerjee
as Sarbojaya Ray
Smaran Ghosal
as Apu as an adolescent
Pinaki San Gupta
as Apu as a boy
Subodh Ganguly
as Headmaster
Charu Ghosh
as Nanda Babu
Santi Gupta
as Landlord's Wife
Kali Charan Ray
as Press Proprietor
Sudipta Ray
as Nirupama
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Critic Reviews for Aparajito

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Ray's relaxed, open style had a tremendous influence on the film world of 1956, but time has absorbed some of its originality.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It doesn't have quite the tension or quite the variety of mood but it has a special brooding quality and a more explicit conflict between East and West.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Top Critic

It's a masterpiece for which terms like 'simplicity' and 'profundity' seem inadequate.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is done with such rare feeling and skill at pictorial imagery, and with such sympathetic understanding of Indian character on the part of Mr. Ray, that it develops a sort of hypnotism for the serene and tolerant viewer.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Standing above fashion, it creates a world so convincing that it becomes, for a time, another life we might have lived.

Full Review… | March 21, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There's pleasure in witnessing Apu's thrill of knowledge, but sadness when his ambitions create an inevitable break with his mother.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Aparajito


not to take anything away from it but i liked the first part better. definitely being drawn into the life of this family

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

love the storytelling. a terrific coming-of-age film that's simple yet amazingly compelling. as in Pather Panchali, the actors have a wonderful natural ability and a very strong dynamic with one another that totally sells their performances. also once again, I loved the cinematography and the Ravi Shankar score. a seamless and thoroughly enjoyable sequel.

Much more technically accomplished than Pather Panchali. The scenes at the city were worthy of Antonioni. I love those subtle moments where the characters are still haunted by the events in Pather Panchali. The script has a bad habit of killing off main characters especially from seemingly trivial causes, so it's a credit to Ray that he handles it so beautifully, as there is considerably less melodrama here than PP. Still, the I think the suffering in latter parts of the film were overdone.

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