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Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 September 1958 (USA)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

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Top Rated Indian Movies #15 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
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Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi ...
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Durga (as Uma Dasgupta)
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Apu (as Subir Bandopadhyay)
Runki Banerjee ...
Little Durga (as Runki Bandopadhyay)
Reba Devi ...
Seja Thakrun
Aparna Devi ...
Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty ...
Prasanna, school teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haren Banerjee ...
Chinibas, Sweet-seller (as Haren Bandyopadhyay)
Rampada Das
Nibhanani Devi ...
Dasi Thakurun
Rama Gangopadhaya ...
Ranu Mookerjee
Roma Ganguli ...
Roma (as Rama Gangopadhyay)
Binoy Mukherjee ...
Baidyanath Majumdar (as Binoy Mukhopadhyay)
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Storyline

The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives. Written by garykmcd

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Pather Panchali  »

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$536,364 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Satyajit Ray, although he allegedly received a verbal promise of payment for his work as director from the Government of West Bengal after it took over production of this film, in fact received absolutely no compensation of any kind, despite having worked on it (often at his own expense) for almost three years. Ray was philosophical about this, as he much preferred the international fame the film brought him to any monetary reward. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in early 20th Century rural India (a time in which public health campaigns presumably did not exist), when Apu and Durga are shown hiding in the fields waiting to catch a glimpse of the train, a vaccination mark is clearly visible on the right arm of Uma Das Gupta, who portrays Durga. See more »

Quotes

Harihar Ray: I was collecting rents today when I met a distinguished looking fellow. He suddenly bowed deeply and said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I knew your father well. He often officiated as a priest at my house." "What's your name?" "Mahesh Biswas." "What do you want?" "I have something to ask you." "What?" "My whole family would like to be initiated next month. It would be wonderful if you could officiate." Quite wealthy people.
Sarbojaya Ray: Did you say you'd do it?
Harihar Ray: Are you crazy? Accept right off? They'd think ...
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Connections

Followed by The World of Apu (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by the band
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An Indian Classic
1 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Ray's "Pather Panchali," the first of his unforgettable "Apu Trilogy," is a remarkable film experience. The acting is strong, the direction and script, sure, and the total work, eloquent and moving. A film which one can return to again and again, and each time one can discover new elements. This is a staple of my video library, along with Ray's other two films which complete the trio, "Aparajito" and "The World of Apu." I have watched the trilogy in a continuous sitting on two occasions, and the experience was emotionally overwhelming.


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