Apu Soumitra Chatterjee is now a graduate and without a job. He lives in a rented room next to a busy railway yard. He finds himself among a large population of the unemployed youth in the city. To pay his rent, he has to sell his books.
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The first shot of the film shows Apu reading a letter of recommendation. The single curtain in his room is torn. Sympathy for Apu can be easily mustered. The encouragement, though, he finds himself. His writing is set to be published in a literary magazine. When he meets his friend Pulu Swapan Mukherjee , he joyously screams verse into the night.
Detailing the plot of his novel, he insists that education and imagination can help one disregard all tragedy. A full meal, literature and friendship soon become the measure of happiness. Aparna Sharmila Tagore is left alone at the altar after it is discovered that her groom-to-be is mentally impaired.
A reticent Apu fills in, and ever so suddenly, he acquires a family. Love, according to common wisdom, is based on compatibility. Cinema, on the other hand, often reduces it to drama and pronouncements. The torn curtain gives way to a floral one. In one scene, she can be seen fanning Apu while he eats.
Ray then zooms into the handheld fan, and by the time he pans out, Apu is returning the favour as Aparna finishes her dinner. Their love only seems effusive when they are in a carriage. She lights his cigarette and he tells her that she means more to him than his writing. His subsequent exploration of loss and mourning is as understated as it is felt. Happiness, it again affirms, comes only in twos. The sheer obviousness of the suggestion makes it redundant.
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FC Picks: Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu)
Ray, a masterfully accomplished director, is at the height of his powers with this film, one of the most equally wrenching, uplifting, and cathartic motion pictures I have experienced. Not only are we afforded the opportunity to observe the kind of man the protagonist has ultimately become, but we see how his cumulative experience coalesces to influence the most monumental decision of his life. The World of Apu is carefully divided into three acts. In the first, we are introduced to the adult Apu Soumitra Chatterjee , a struggling writer living in a Calcutta apartment during the s. Apu is alone in the world, having already lost his sister Pather Panchali and father and mother Aparajito. One day, his old school friend, Pulu Swapan Mukherjee , arrives to invite him to a wedding in the village of Khulna. On the day of the marriage, however, the groom develops unexpected mental problems, and the bride, Aparna Sharmila Tagore , is left alone and unmarried.
Apur Sansar (1959) [720p]