The World Of Apu

The World Of Apu

Downloadable Video - 1959
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu's friend asks him to become the husband. After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bride, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies while giving birth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife's parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world.
Publisher: [India]: , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1959]
Copyright Date: ©1959
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 40 min. 49 sec.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: Also released as: Apur Sansar


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 06, 2018

The film was named the Best Foreign Film of 1960 by the National Board of Review. The story was about an Indian young man who could not further his education, instead he had to find a job to earn his living. As requested by his best friend, he accompanied him to attend a Wedding Ceremony, unfortunately it was found that the bridegroom was insane, to save the abandoned bride from public disgrace, he married her, thus he began his new life as husband and father.
The film is in black and white, it shows the Indian culture with subtitle in English.

VahiniG Mar 26, 2012

Though I have brown skin, I don't speak any Indian languages and my parents and grandparents weren't from India.
I have had a hard time watching typical "Indian" movies, I just don't get the "Bollywood" thing.
This movie is amazing. It is artistically made and has a good story. There is NO singing and dancing in it, but it has a good backing soundtrack by Ravi Shankar.
This is one of my favourite "Indian" movies of all time, the other being "Salaam Bombay" by Mira Nair.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at PPL

To Top