The World of Apu (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

The World of Apu (1960)



Critic Consensus: Achingly poignant, beautifully shot, and evocatively atmospheric, The World of Apu closes out Satyajit Ray's classic trilogy on a high note.

Movie Info

Apu is a young bureaucrat who takes time off work to attend his cousins wedding. The marriage has been arranged some fifteen years earlier, but the bridegroom throws a fit and refuses to marry the girl. The girl would forever remain a spinster according to Indian custom, so the kind hearted Apu marries the girl to save her from a life of loneliness and disgrace.

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Sefalika Devi
as Aparna's Mother
Dhiresh Majumdar
as Sasinaryan, Aparna's Father
Dhiren Ghosh
as Landlord
Abhijit Chatterjee
as Aparna's Brother
as Apu's Neighbor
Shanti Bhattacharjee
as Office Associate
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Critic Reviews for The World of Apu

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

Apu is not only the logical last act of the trilogy but a unique work in its own right.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The World of Apu completes, in alternations of suffering and joy, one of the most vital and abundant movies ever made.

August 14, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Great acting, remarkable use of locations, a humanistic ethos that's both wise and wary.

August 7, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Humanist film-making at its best.

August 7, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Director Satyajit Ray, with greater technical means, makes the truth of his relationships and the revelation of India the main trumps of the film. Wit, tenderness and intrinsic human revelations illuminate this unusual film.

October 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Though the rhythm of the storytelling is choppy and Apu himself seems incompletely realized, the first appearance of the remarkable Sharmila Tagore as his well-to-do bride upgrades the film's middle section.

October 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for The World of Apu


"The World of Apu" is a very hard movie to get into, due to it's drab feel and slow-moving storytelling, but it's a fantastic story that everyone really needs to see, because the material covered needs to be in the mids of everyone to learn life lessons before they make the mistakes themselves and ruin their lives. Once this film feels like it's back on a happy track, it falls apart in a shocking twist. I wouldn't go as far as to calling it a great classic, but it is very well told and it is an essential film on critics lists after doing some research after my viewing of this picture. It's pretty well-written and well-acted. A very solid true-to-life picture.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


i loved how it came full circle but pather panchali is still my favorite

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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