If you ever feel like you've got it tough, watch the Apu trilogy by Satyajit Ray. The World of Apu is the third story in Ray's magnum opus. And yes... things can get worse for our hero, Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee). By now it's the early 1930s, and Apu is a grown man. A dreamer and a writer like his long-dead father, Apu is working on a novel about his life.
When his best friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee) asks him to his sister's wedding, Apu has no idea that he'll be the one going home with the bride. Poor Aparna (Sharmila Tagore) is betrothed to an insane man and when his illness becomes apparent, the wedding is cancelled. But Aparna will be cursed unless another bridegroom is found. Apu, in a weak moment, agrees to marry Aparna in return for a job.
Then the unexpected happens. Aparna and Apu fall deeply in love. But will it last? Knowing Apu's luck in the past, the obvious answer is "no," and when Aparna dies in childbirth, Apu is left hating his son, Kajal. Finally, driven by guilt, Apu approaches his son, five years after the death of his beloved wife. Will they be able to salvage some happiness in an already too bleak life? You won't be disappointed in the outcome.
This last installment will leave you wishing Ray had made Apu IV. The music is by Ravi Shankar. --Luanne Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The DVD release contains no extra features; the print quality is good; the movie is remarkable. Too bad Criterion didn't get the Apu Trilogy, but it is essential for film... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by C. Rubin
The Apu trilogy is compulsory viewing for whoever is seriously interested in foreign cinema. This is the touching story of Apu, an Indian boy, from small child to early adulthood. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Callas fan
Let me break the suspense early .... this is just the most beautiful movie. It flows without a glitch and most of the time I forgot I was watching a movie. Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by A. Krishnan
Satyajit Ray is just perfect in this 1959 classic and the last of Apu Trilogy.
Leaving his disturbing past,Apu is now working in Calcutta. Read more
We see a young couple getting up. Later they go to a movie. And then we know that they're in love in a way that has never been shown before (or after) in film history.Published on Oct. 9 2000 by hauman
In my opinion, this is the best of the Apu trilogy films. Such a delicate theme, so well portrayed, so well acted - Ray's genius touches every nerve in one's soul.Published on March 3 2000 by Indradeep Ghosh
It is incredibly difficult to review any film by Satyavit Ray because he is an artist without peer...director, screen writer, composer. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 1999