Movie Review: Apur Panchali

Haven’t we all wondered at one point of time, how the child artist in Small Wonder must look like now, or what the lovely Arnold from Different Strokes must be doing for a living? Back home, we have seen Mukul of Sonar Kella grow up into a talented actor. But there are very many who have just retreated into oblivion. Kaushik Ganguly tells us the story of one such child artists who was lost in the pages of history now – Subir Banerjee, best known as Pather Panchali‘s Apu.

 

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But then again, Apur Panchali is not a film about a lost artist. It is an uncanny tale of Subir, whose life is a stark retelling of the screenplay of Apu trilogy in real life. Subir was rejected for the role of Apu in Aparajito. But did Apu ever leave his side?

Superbly juxtaposed with scenes from Pather Panchali, with haunting background score adding to the narrative, the screenplay of Apur Panchali is like a collage of the blissful moments from Apur Sangsar – with Parambrata playing Soumitra’s role and Parno as Sharmila. One cannot thank Kaushik Ganguly enough for the magical 100 minutes at the theatre.

The serenity of the chemistry between Parno and Param is mesmerising. Parno’s heart-wrenching performance in the hospital scene would move even a rock to tears. Had Satyajit Ray been alive, he would surely have cast the two as lead in Apur Sangsar.

Pather Panchali was the song of the road that urges Apu to move on… Apur Panchali is a reflection of life that failed, yet moved on… Immersed in nostalgia, it evokes a longing for the roots and ends on a note of acknowledgment that life demands one to move on…

Charoibeti….

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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  1. APU’S SONG: A FILM WITH OVERDOSE OF NOSTALGIA..
    BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS, INDIA

    JURY MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SWISS

    44TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,GOA, 2013

    Satyajit Ray made a film called Pather Panchali which took the world by storm and placed Indian cinema firmly on the TOPOLOGY of world cinema. The child Apu was played by a Calcutta boy, Subir Banerjee. Once and once only.
    Apu seems to be immortalized in the history of world cinema. Subir Banerjee, the actor, went miles away from acting in films not because he was unwilling but he was never called for again to act for silver screen. So as a natural cause he seems to remain shadow of one character only and only for ever.
    Once this critic, Subir and Tapen Chatterjee (Goopy) went to attend an ovation to be given to us at Chandannagar. While talking about memories, pent up in him, he did not reveal much as his father was against his taking part in cinema. But he never forgot to mention the great Ray for whom he is a celebrity for a certain period of time. In the meantime Subir has become a non-entity, to befrank. Neither he comes to films shown at the International Film Festivals in Calcutta or elsewhere. His passion for cinema is long dead.
    However, it is Kaushik who hooked on to him to makehis film, a pursuit of his dogged tenacity. Subir is still a mere shadow of memory. This is sad but very true. Fortunately, the film won the Silver Peacock for the director at the International Film Festival of India 2013. He is falsely compared to Jackie Coogan; it is wrong to say that Coogan lost track of cinema. This is why Coogan appeared on the Stage along with Chaplin for the last time on stage. His family members crowded at Cannes stage.
    Subir is welcome to appreciation that is natural. But many critics have found in the film overdose of dead past and inactive memories remaining so cold in Subir. Can the director gainsay it? This is not a biopic and so idolizing a little child actor to great Illiad!!!

    Like

  2. PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, INDIA

    APU’S SONG: A FILM WITH OVERDOSE OF NOSTALGIA..
    BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS, INDIA

    JURY MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SWISS

    44TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,GOA, 2013

    Satyajit Ray made a film called Pather Panchali which took the world by storm and placed Indian cinema firmly on the TOPOLOGY of world cinema. The child Apu was played by a Calcutta boy, Subir Banerjee. Once and once only.
    Apu seems to be immortalized in the history of world cinema. Subir Banerjee, the actor, went miles away from acting in films not because he was unwilling but he was never called for again to act for silver screen. So as a natural cause he seems to remain shadow of one character only and only for ever.
    Once this critic, Subir and Tapen Chatterjee (Goopy) went to attend an ovation to be given to us at Chandannagar. While talking about memories, pent up in him, he did not reveal much as his father was against his taking part in cinema. But he never forgot to mention the great Ray for whom he is a celebrity for a certain period of time. In the meantime Subir has become a non-entity, to befrank. Neither he comes to films shown at the International Film Festivals in Calcutta or elsewhere. His passion for cinema is long dead.
    However, it is Kaushik who hooked on to him to makehis film, a pursuit of his dogged tenacity. Subir is still a mere shadow of memory. This is sad but very true. Fortunately, the film won the Silver Peacock for the director at the International Film Festival of India 2013. He is falsely compared to Jackie Coogan; it is wrong to say that Coogan lost track of cinema. This is why Coogan appeared on the Stage along with Chaplin for the last time on stage. His family members crowded at Cannes stage.
    Subir is welcome to appreciation that is natural. But many critics have found in the film overdose of dead past and inactive memories remaining so cold in Subir. Can the director gainsay it? This is not a biopic and so idolizing a little child actor to great Illiad!!!

    Like

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