Synopsis: After living awhile in Benares, 10 year old Apu and his mother move in with her uncle in a small Bengali village. Apu enters a local school, where he does well. By the time he graduates, he has a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta. So off he goes. His mother is torn by his leaving, and by his growing independence. She loves her son very much and wants him to succeed, but she does not want to be left alone.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Satyajit Ray
  Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Presented by

Epic Films (Private) Ltd


Based on the novel by

Bibhutibhushan Banerji

Karuna Banerji, Shanti Gupta

Kanu Banerji, Smaran Ghosal,

Pinaki Sengupta

Photographed by Subrata Mitra

Sound by Durgadas Mitra

Film Editing by Dulal Dutta

Music by Ravi Shankar

Production, Script and Direction by

Satyajit Ray

Varanasi. Year 1327

(Bengali calendar)

Have you seen the monkey?

- A monkey got into the house?

- I mean your precious son

I boiled milk for him,

but he vanished

The boys in this neighbourhood...

It's so crowded; how can I

keep an eye on him here?

Isn't there a school nearby?

If he went there,

I'd have a rest from worry

You said it was for Khoka

You'll have some, too, from now on.

It's in the kitchen

- Won't you go to market?

- Of course. What should I get?

I'll tell you, but...

Thinking of money?

I don't have to pay in cash

He'll give you credit?

Do you think I supply all those

herbal medicines free?

Then bring some mustard oil,

some kerosene and some spices

See if you can get some mung dal...

mung or masoor, or whatever

Apu's been asking for khichree since

he had some at the ghat the other day

Can you get some paan masala?

- What brand?

- I don't know

The woman upstairs gave me some

Find out the name

and I'll bring it tomorrow

I met a sweet-seller I knew.

He says he has rheumatism

I'm taking him some medicine. I could

ask him for some cream from Kashi

Shall I ask him for some?

Let the medicine work first

Aren't you going to bathe

in the Ganga?

If you don't, you won't get salvation

They've just arrived.

Let them settle in first

They will bathe, pay homage

to Vishwanathji-all in good time

Art Direction by Bansi Chandragupta


Apul Wait

Aren't you hungry?

Have you eaten anything outside?

And a pedha as well

- Is Ray-mashai at home?

- No

I've a calendar for him. I came home

too late to give it to him last night

Shall I put it in his room?

We bring one out every year

You'll find all the important

holy days in it

The holy festivals are marked in red,

so they're easy to see

O Lord of the world, those who have

faith in you are the blessed ones

Those who worship you are the holy

ones, those who praise you...

Look! She weeps with her head

on Krishna's breast

I'll tell my brother

Then Jatila quietly takes her brother

Ayan to her hiding place and says:

"Look at that.

See what your wife is up to

"She weeps with her head

on Krishna's breast"

You see what has happened


Krishna tells Radha: "Lay a flower

at my feet as an offering...

"...and I'll take the form of the

goddess Kali, to please Ayan"

Want to swing a club?

Anything else?

- What's the name of the man upstairs?

- Nanda-babu

Tell him that mother has used all

the matches and father isn't home yet

Ask him for just two matches

I'll swing it, then

Khoka, come in

- What do you want?

- Matches

- What will you do with matches?

- Mother wants them

That's my medicine. I'm ill, you see.

Doctor says to take it every evening

Only two matches, mother said

Take the whole box,

I have more of them

Tell your mother that Nanda-babu

says she need not return it

You have a fine voice

It seems you are a singer, too

I used to be

Do you live nearby?

I wondered if I could have some tea.

It's chilly, my throat is sore

See how I've brought tealeaves,

tied to the end of my wrapper

Come along, I live quite near,

in Ganesh Mohalla

You don't mind? My name is

Kalicharan Banerji, from Satkhire

Lord knows whether it's all right

- I want some, too

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Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay ( listen ) (12 September 1894 – 1 November 1950) was an Indian Bengali author and one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature. His best known work is the autobiographical novel Pather Panchali (The Song of the Road), which was later adapted (along with Aparajito, the sequel) into The Apu Trilogy of films directed by Satyajit Ray. The 1951 Rabindra Puraskar, the most prestigious literary award in West Bengal, was posthumously awarded to Bibhutibhushan for his novel Ichhamati. more…

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