NCPA Flashback | Apur Sansar

NCPA Flashback | Apur Sansar


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NCPA Flashback | Apur Sansar

NCPA Flashback
Classic Indian Films 
Little Theatre
Friday, 26th – 6.30pm

An NCPA-NFAI Presentation
The NCPA Flashback Series beginning this year, in collaboration with the National Film Archives of India, commemorates 100 years of Indian Cinema. Every month, the glorious past will be revisited through a selection of rare classics.

(B&W -Bengali-100 mins -1959)
The last scene of Aparjito had shown Apu moving away from the village to Calcutta, after his mother’s death.  The opening scene of Apur Sansar, the third film of the Trilogy, shows that Apu has not been able to complete his college studies, but is a struggling writer yet to be published.  He is free from any family bonds.  However, a chance set of circumstances leads Apu to his marriage, and with Aparna, his wife, he rediscovers the pleasures of togetherness in a family.  His happiness is shortlived.  Aparna dies in childbirth.  Apu loses his entire moorings, contemplates suicide, throws away his writing, and has no interest in his son, Kajal.  The film ends with Apu accepting responsibility for his son, at a note of regeneration, recalling that the first film of the Trilogy, Pather Panchali had started with Apu’s birth.
Apur Sansar is the first film both for Soumitra Chatterji and for Sharmila Tagore and the scenes between them of a newly married couple are superbly worked out.  The last scene in which Apu in a symbolic sense returns to the village where he was born and confronts his childhood-self gives the whole Trilogy the cyclic form proper to myth.

Direction & Script: Satyajit Ray
Cinematography: Subrata Mitra
Music: Ravi Shankar
Based on: A novel by Bibhuti Bhushan Banerji
Cast: Soumitra Chatterji (Apu), Sharmila Tagore (Aparna)
Admission on a first-come-first served basis.
(NCPA members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm)

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