THE WORLD OF APU is the third and final installment of Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy," the most famous group of films to come out of India. After following the young character of Apu from his early years (PATHER PANCHALI) to his schooldays (APARAJITO), the trilogy picks up with Soumitra
Chatterjee in the role of Apu as a young man. His desire is to become a writer, but a lack of finances has forced him to abandon his university studies. His life changes, however, when he again meets his old friend Pulu (Swapan Mukerjee). Together, the two travel to the wedding of Pulu's cousin,
Aparna (Sharmila Tagore). When the bridegroom turns out to be insane and the wedding is canceled, Apu agrees to marry Aparna to save her from ridicule. They return to his Calcutta apartment to start a new life, but destiny does not look kindly upon the newlyweds. In this final entry, Ray rounds out
the life of Apu, charting his loss of innocence and painting a detailed and textured portrait of Indian life in the process. In Apu, Ray has brought to the screen a character who lives out his story, though he is never able to finally put it on paper. A rich and insightful picture, THE WORLD OF
APU, despite being rooted deep in Indian culture, strikes a universal humanistic chord. Exquisitely photgraphed and scored.
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