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830 Ratings


Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1956


Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue the narrative, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Benares, where we witness Apu’s academic and moral education.

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Aparajito Directed by Satyajit Ray

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1957 | 3 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Berlin International Film Festival

1960 | Winner: Selznick Golden Laurel for Best Film

National Board of Review

1959 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

What are people saying?

  • Slow Immersion's rating of the film Aparajito

    2/3 in of the trilogy and it is getting better; really nice progression and although my favourite achievement in cinema (Yusuf Trilogy) probably took inspiration from this, I have always wondered why there aren't more works like them!

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Aparajito

    Aparajito is a melancholy film that straddles the industrial transition of Bengali society and the subsequent shifts in consciousness. So many of the emotions conveyed by Apu and his mother feel universal and genuine. While I missed some of the charm found in Pather Panchali, Aparajito finds its strength by dramatizing transition and opposition.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Aparajito

    The older you get, the more remarkable it seems that everything that happened to you is all the same life—it feels more like different mini-lives placed end to end. From the opening shots from a moving train, this transience is the heart of part 2 of the Apu Trilogy. Where part 1 was rooted in one place, part 2 cycles through locations & casts and ends before you get your bearing. Which is why I'm glad there's a 3rd.

  • Jason's rating of the film Aparajito

    As Aparajito cover so much wider a swath of time than Pather Panchali, the sense of the cyclical, seasonal passage(s) of time becomes more foregrounded - of time eddying, of time lost (and found) - however, the requisite amount of story material that must be dealt with is amplified. We are invited to occupy this world, to be carried by its quiet currents, at the same time arriving at powerful, cathartic plateaus.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Aparajito

    REVIEW: 97/100. Ray’s Aparajito is an example of Indian Neorealism, wherein naturalism and depth come together through artifice as a means of expressing truth. The truth which Aparajito conveys is beyond words and beyond definition; one must experience the middle-child of Ray’s monumental trilogy for oneself...

  • Lorna Singh's rating of the film Aparajito

    The opening shot of the passing train sets the stage for a profound story of making decisions and their consequences.

  • Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Aparajito

    What is most admirable about Ray's work is the way he deals with his subject matter. Often, it is some pretty hard stuff. But he is too smart to think that life is all tragedy and no relief. He's a master of the little beauties of life, and balancing the pain with the joy. No matter how bad things get, there is always hope in Ray's world.

  • John Baldwin's rating of the film Aparajito

    In a sense, though I prefer Pather Panchali, this seems the most impressive of the trilogy. It starts out as a tale about a village family trying to survive in the big city (Benares), but a half hour in becomes a radically different and much more profound film about the tragedy of the parent-child bond. A good case could be made that Sarbojaya (the mother) is one of the most tragic female characters in films.

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