Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

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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.

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National awards

President’s Medals

  • Winner – 1959 – President’s Gold Medal (New Delhi) – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

National Film Awards

  • Winner – 1960 – Best Film – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

International Film Festivals


British Film Institute Awards, London Film Festival

  • Winner – 1960 – Sutherland Trophy for Best Original And Imaginative Film – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
  • Winner – 1980 – Wington Award – Apu Trilogy (for each film)

Edinburgh International Film Festival

  • Winner – 1960 – Diploma of Merit – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

Other International Awards

National Board of Review Awards (United States)

  • Winner – 1960 – Best Foreign Film – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

British Academy Film Awards (United Kingdom)

  • Nominated – 1962 – BAFTA Award for Best Film – Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

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