The World of Apu

Synopsis: Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu's friend asks him to become the husband. After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bride, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies while giving birth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife's parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Satyajit Ray
Production: Satyajit Ray Productions
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
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105 min

Thank you, sir

I wish you had stayed on

to take your degree

I couldn't afford to

But don't give up your writing

I remember your stories in the

college magazine about village life

They were very good. You know,

one can earn a living by writing

Satyajit Ray Productions presents

APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu)

Original story by

Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay

Soumitra Chatterji.

Sharmila Tagore

Aloke Chakravarty.

Swapan Mukerji

Subrata Mitra

Art direction:
Bansi Chandragupta

Sound recording:
Durgadas Mitra

Film editing:
Dulal Dutta

Production manager: Anil Chowdhury

Ravi Shankar

Production, script and direction:

Satyajit Ray

Good morning. Sit down

What use will that be?

It will rest your legs

I haven't come up to rest my legs

You know very well why I'm here

I'm going to ask a straight question,

and I'd like a straight answer

- What is the date?

- The tenth

- How many months rent do you owe me?

- Three

That makes twenty-one rupees

Will you pay me now,

or shall I return this evening?

That makes three questions, not one

It's not fair

Many things are not fair

Is it fair

that I should house you for nothing?

That you should use electricity

all day without paying for it?

You have had education.

You have pictures

of great men on the wall

Is it fair

that you don't pay the rent?

It's a sign of greatness, you know

I, too, could turn a pretty phrase...

...but it would not be fit

for your young ears

Anyway, either I get my money

this evening...

...or I'll look for a new lodger

This letter is for you, not me

We're both Rays

We are pleased to accept your short

story "A Man of the Soil"...

...for publication in the next

issue of Sahityik

Not bad news, I hope

Why do you get so few letters?

Does nobody write to you?

I'd like to open a love letter

by mistake

Perhaps it's as well

I've experienced

matrimonial complications


You advertised for a teacher


- Intermediate Science

- No good, we want Matriculation

But I got that before Intermediate

What did the advertisement say?

It did specify Matriculation

Then why harp on Intermediate?

What's the point?

Would you work

for ten rupees a month?


I understand

you want someone in your factory.

I have Matriculation

Any experience of labelling?


No, but I can learn

Go through that door

and down the passage.

Take a look first


You're a fine friend.

Why didn't you tell me

you'd left the student hostel?

I've been searching north Calcutta

for you since four o'clock

I finally got your address from the

people you give private lessons to

What's so funny?

You've put on weight

I had.

I lost it these last three hours

Would you like tea at the cafe

around the corner?

All right.

But I've two tickets for

us to see Sadhabar Ekadashi

Is this a hideout? Are you

forging banknotes or something?

I wish I could

And you cook for yourself?

I'll cook you a meal one day:

Rice and potatoes

What about the railway job?

I thought you'd got it

There was a strike on, and they

wanted people as strike-breakers

So you've been unemployed?

I give some private lessons

- How much do you make?

- Fifteen rupees a month

Didn't you learn to type?

Yes, I thought it might be useful

Good. I'll get you a job

as soon as we return

Where are we going?

You'll come with me to my cousin

Aparna's wedding on Monday

- Where?

- Just for a few days

- But where?

- Khulna.


It's a hundred miles away

You'll love it there

An old-world village,

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (Bengali: [ˈʃɔt̪ːodʒit̪ ˈrai̯] ( listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, music composer and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali Brahmo family of Bengali Kayastha origin which was prominent in the field of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London. Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. He authored several short stories and novels, meant primarily for young children and teenagers. Feluda, the sleuth, and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fiction stories, are popular fictional characters created by him. He was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992. more…

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