Follows the childhood of Apu, a young boy growing up in poverty in rural Bengal during the early 20th century – his relations with his father (a poor, but humble and honest priest and poet), loving but at times strict mother, his older sister and elderly relative who is forced to live with them, as well as their wealthy neighbors. The film explores both the hardships and cherished moments of Apu’s childhood.
The first installment of the Apu Trilogy of films by Bengali-Indian master director Satyajit Ray. He was heavily influenced by Italian Neorealism (notably Bicycle Thieves (1948)) and French master Jean Renoir, whom he helped with scouting locations for the film The River (1951), and further enthused by the success of Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950) .
Filmed with limited resources and shot on location. Touching, heartfelt and thought-provoking. Brilliant directorial work by Ray. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s coming-of-age bildungsnovel of the same name.
The title, Pather Panchali, can be translated from Bengali to English to something in the sense of The Song of The Road.
Pather Panchali Cast: Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta, Chunibala Devi, Tulsi Chakrabarti