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Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1956 (India)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamala Adhikari ...
Mokshada
Lalchand Banerjee ...
Lahiri (as Lalchand Bandyopadhyay)
Kali Bannerjee ...
Kathak (as Kalipada Bandyopadhyay)
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay) (as Kanu Banerji in subtitles)
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Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay) (as Karuna Banerji in subtitles)
Panchanan Bhattacharya
Debabrata Chakraborty
Harendrakumar Chakravarti ...
Doctor
Hemanta Chatterjee ...
Professor (as Hemanta Chattopadhyay)
Meenakshi Devi ...
Pandey's wife
Subodh Ganguli ...
Headmaster
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Apu - adolescent (as Smarankumar Ghoshal) (as Smaran Ghosal in subtitles)
Charuprakash Ghosh ...
Nanda
Santi Gupta ...
Ginnima (as Shanti Gupta in subtitles)
Ajay Mitra ...
Anil
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Storyline

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. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Set against the colorful, rustic background of Indiaand its great cities, "Aparajito" continues the epic drama of the lives and fortunes of the family introduced to American audiences in "Pather Panchali"

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$170,215 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Kalicharan Banerjee: "Look! She weeps with her head on Krishna's breast. Wait till I tell my brother." Then Jatila quietly takes her brother Ayan to her hiding place and says "Brother, look there. See what your wife Radha is up to. She weeps with her head on Krishna's breast. Wait! Where did they go?" For in the meantime, Krishna had told Radha, "Lay flowers at my feet as an offering, and I shall take the form of Kali, Ayan's favorite goddess."
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I saw it in a theatre in Houston
7 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw the movie in a theatre in Houston. It was a sizeable crowd. And when the movie ended, there was a long silence as folks gathered themselves from an emotional experience they probably had never experienced. As we slowly walked out and went to the underground parking garage, we noticed several couples were still contemplating the movie as they sat silently in their cars.

Aparajito or the Unvanquished, promotes the human spirit. We will all pass away, but it is how we live and struggle is what counts. As the recent Storms in our part of the world had shown great losses to the lives of many, yet we must continue with our struggle on a path of goodness and decency against insurmountable odds at times.

Aparajito will forever engrave in your hearts the choices we face in our lives and what is important and what is fluff? See the movie and let us hear from you.

Again it is movie making at its peak.


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