Bengali films on TV are even rarer than posts on this blog in recent months.
So it’s nice to see Film 4 giving Satyaji Ray’s 1956 film Aparajito (অপরাজিত) an outing tonight/tomorrow morning.
Aparajito is the second part of Ray’s famous Apu Trilogy (following Pather Panchali and preceding Apur Sansar).
The film actually draws on the last fifth of Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee’s novel Pather Panchali and the first third of its sequel Aparajito.
It covers Apu’s life from childhood to adolescence in college and a turning point in his life.
Although it was less well received than Pather Panchali within India, critical reception outside the country was overwhelmingly positive. Aparajito won 11 international awards, including the Golden Lion and Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival, and was the first film to win both.
I’ll leave the last word on this – and the Apu Trilogy – to the late film critic Roger Ebert:
The three films, which were made in India by Satyajit Ray between 1950 and 1959 …. created a new cinema for India. Never before had one man had such a decisive impact on the films of his culture.
- Aparajito – Monday 23 February, 01:40 – 03:55