APUR SANSAR
THE WORLD OF APU
1958, Janus Films, 103 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

As the final installment of the "Apu Trilogy," APUR SANSAR depicts Apu’s challenges with adult life in the city. Living again in poverty, Apu is forced to sell his books and begins writing an autobiographical novel. Upon making an unexpected visit to a small village, Apu finds himself as the groom in an arranged marriage. Life with his new bride gives way to love - and a child - and ultimately proves to be both joyous and tragic. Nominated for the Golden Globes’ Samuel Goldwyn International Award in 1961. In Bengali with English subtitles.


COMPANY LIMITED
SEEMABADDHA
1972, 110 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Based on a novel by Mani Shankar Mukherjee, this second installment in director Satyajit Ray’s “Calcutta trilogy” examines the challenges and compromises of life in a metropolis striving for modernity. Shyamal (Barun Chanda) is an executive on the rise at a British-owned fan company when his sister-in-law, Tutul (Sharmila Tagore), pays him a visit. His comfortable lifestyle looks attractive to her – until she learns what he does to maintain it. In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE HERO
NAYAK
1966, Janus Films, 120 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

With all flights to Delhi booked, top Bengali actor Arindam (Uttam Kumar) must take a train to the city, where he is being honored with an award. Also aboard is young journalist Aditi (Sharmila Tagore), whose initial disdain for the film star changes as she interviews him and the conversation becomes unusually revealing. Both lead performances are superb in this underrated gem, which uses dreams and flashbacks to open windows on two lives in a world before celebrity journalism went to seed. Ray’s final film shot by longtime cinematographer Subrata Mitra is beautifully visualized. In Bengali with English subtitles.


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