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Aparajito [VHS] (1955)

Smaran Ghosal , Kamala Adhikari , Satyajit Ray  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee, Kali Bannerjee, Kanu Bannerjee
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Writers: Satyajit Ray, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Kanailal Basu
  • Producers: Satyajit Ray
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: August 13, 1996
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304104278
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this, the second film in the Apu trilogy, Harihar (Kanu Bannerjee) takes his wife, Sarbajaya (Karuna Bannerjee), and his son, Apu, to live in the bustling city of Benares after the tragic death of his daughter, Durga, and the destruction of the family's home. Harihar ekes out a living reading sacred texts by the shores of the Ganges River. When he falls ill, Sarbajaya must learn to cope on her own and leaves the city to work as a cook for a wealthy family living in the country.

Apu, by now an adolescent (played by Smaran Ghosal), is extremely bright and hungry for knowledge. Good fortune befalls him, and he is able to attend school, eventually going to Calcutta to attend the university. Sarbajaya is reluctant to let her son go, but she is unable to stop him. She waits patiently for his return, but at the same time is growing weak from illness. When Apu learns of his mother's illness, he must decide if he's going to sacrifice his final exams and return to her side or take the exams and risk the chance she might die before he gets there.

As compelling as its predecessor, Pather Panchali, this film was made only one year later, in 1956. Karuna Bannerjee is riveting in her portrayal of a woman who has lost everything of value to her but her beloved son. The film was based on the novel Aparajito by Bibhutibhushan Banerjee, and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar. --Luanne Brown


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film..... March 21, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the second installment in the "Apu Trilogy," by masterful Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
Apu (Pinaki Sengupta, as the young Apu and Smaran Ghosal, as the adolescent) has relocated with his mother (Karuna Bannerjee) and father (Kanu Bannerjee) to Banares. Apu's father is working as a medicine man there, and Apu is very ambitious to start school with the other young boys. This follows the life of this family, its joys, struggles and the choice Apu must make to either pursue the life of his father (as a priest) or venture out to Calcutta, as a scholarship student, to build a foundation for himself.

This film was shot beautifully and is really a great example of marvelous storytelling. Also, the acting is brilliant. The two young men who portray Apu as a child and a young man are wonderful and engaging--particularly Pinaki Sengupta whose eyes say so much in the scenes between him and his parents that there is very little need for dialogue. Beautiful.......
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving film October 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It is incredibly difficult to review any film by Satyavit Ray because he is an artist without peer...director, screen writer, composer. Unlike so many Hollywood films, Ray's films seem real, not contrived and stike at the core of our feelings. His film , Aparajito, is one of the Apu trilogy (be sure to see all three including "The World of Apu" and "Pather Panchali"). This is a luminous depiction of a family tragedy. But like other of Ray's films, it leads to a personal "epiphany", a deeper understanding of the meaning of our lives.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarbajaya's Struggle for Meaning April 7, 2004
Format:DVD
This is the second film in director Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy and is best viewed after Pather Panchali and followed by The World of Apu. Harihar (Kanu Bannerjee) takes his wife, Sarbajaya (Karuna Bannerjee) and their son Apu to live in Benares. Their family home has been destroyed in the monsoon and with the loss of their daughter, they are struggling to cope emotionally as well as financially.

I found this movie to be more about the struggle Sarbajaya (Apu's mother) faces on a daily basis. She is an example of a woman who has given up her desires for the good of her family. As she cares for her family on a daily basis you can see how she is sinking into the darkest of depression. Not only is she terribly lonely, she does not fully recover from the loss of her daughter. While she is surrounded by members of her immediate community, she seems to strangely isolated and alone and the unfulfilled desires of her heart seem to weave an invisible and yet debilitating cocoon around her soul.

Throughout this movie, her sacrifice becomes even more beautiful as it allows Apu to see some of his own dreams come to fruition. Apu's father makes his living reading sacred texts by the shores of the Ganges River and then suddenly falls ill. Apu must continue his education and find his own way in this harsh world.

I love the scene where Apu pretends to miss the train and when his mother worries about what they are feeding him at school. The first few scenes also show birds sitting on umbrellas and then taking off suddenly. Could this be a foreshadowing for the situation in which Apu finally finds himself? I found these movies have quite a few "foreshadowing" moments that I only recognized on the second viewing. Which is why the Apu Trilogy must be watched more than once to be fully appreciated. These are finely woven stories that deal with the deepest human issues we all must face at some point in our lives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes a man? June 21, 2006
Format:DVD
This was the second entry of a famous Trilogy (Panther Pancahli was the first one and The world of Apu the last one). Satyajit Ray was essentially, a poet of the image, an untiring searcher of the total expression about cinema means. His notable traveling, his expressive close ups, the admirable sense of the contrasts, that confers him a superb status among the giants of the world cinema.

Aparajito is fundamentally, the story of a boy who becomes a man through a rigorous process of growing up. After his father's death. Apu decides to study in Calcutta, despite the ferrous opposition of his mother; so against all odds, he makes the journey(once more the unerring mythic seed beneath the plot), and he demonstrates to be a very clever and intelligent pupil. The adolescence is by definition, an age of sudden changes, meditations and doubts. Far from his birth land he will know and deal with those little miseries of the life but also with the significance of the personal effort as a continuous work in progress.

Arresting images, sharp contrasts with the Ganges river working out as a big frame, a realist script with towering performances make of this movie one of the best films in cinema's story without a bit of doubt.

A must-see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and touching April 7, 1999
By "dilip"
Format:VHS Tape
This is something I've found common to all Satyajit Ray movies: they're very simple; they deal with everyday life (well everyday for an Indian in the 50s, I guess) and ordinary people. There are no larger-than life heroes, or villains for that matter; he doesn't talk about memorable events or catastrophes; no dramatic tales of lovers fighting to survive the trials of cruel fate... and yet he manages to touch you very deeply. Personally, I don't understand a word of Bengali (which is the language most of his films are in), yet his movies have a lot of impact. I highly recommend this and any other Satyajit Ray movie you can get your hands on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Satyajit Ray's Masterpiece
Legendary cinematographer Satyajit Ray started his film direction career with the film Pather Panchali (A Song of the Little Road), which was released in 1955. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dr Anup K Das
5.0 out of 5 stars "APARAJITO"
GREAT FILM!!...

Part 2 of Ray's Wonderful "APU TRILOGY."

Doctor Doolittle's service & delivery were just what You would Hope for!
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Melrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This movie is one of the best works of the stalwart Satyajit Ray. The DVD reached on time and is a good print.
Published 7 months ago by Shil
4.0 out of 5 stars Very ineresting film
This is an Hindi classic that is the story of very, very realistic poor Indian village everyone ought to view.
Published on July 20, 2011 by Keith Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire 5 Star 500 - #42
What do you think will happen next? Right away you can sense this is a real squeal. Aparajito is the second installment in a famous film series titled The Apu Trilogy. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by The Inquisitor
4.0 out of 5 stars Weakest in the Trilogy
Aparajito is beautifully filmed, mostly in the stunning location of Varanasi (Benares) which alone makes the movie worth a watch. Read more
Published on August 10, 2010 by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars APARAJITO DVD by Satyajit Ray
The DVD was excellent as a movie and the quality of the DVD although a used one was A+
Published on June 28, 2010 by satyajitfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The first film of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali, was such a great film that, naturally, the second film in the series was bound to suffer a bit of a let down. Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful film
I have the APU Trilogy on VHS along w/ "Devi" and another Ray film.
I won't add to the other reviews which are all positive for the films. Read more
Published on September 10, 2008 by Dennis York
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues
It's been a few years since I saw "Pather Panchali" and I still remember a number of scenes vividly; especially the death of Apu's sister (oops that isn't giving anything away is... Read more
Published on February 3, 2008 by Randy Keehn
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