Review: Aparajito

Aparajito (The Unvanquished, Dir.: Satyajit Ray; Cast: Karuna Banerjee et al.)

Aparajito (The Unvanquished) is the second part of Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy” – the three films chronicling the life of Apu from his childhood to adulthood.

Aparajito begins with Apu as a teenager and culminates with him in his youth. This journey is arduous for him, riddled with pitfalls and puzzles. And Ray attempts to portray how Apu triumphs all hurdles, setbacks and sorrows. Or maybe, “triumph” would be too sweeping a statement. Aparajito, as the title suggests, is more about weathering storms than storming forts. Apu’s spirit and relentless struggle finds him walking past tragedies and setbacks and hold his own in unknown battlegrounds.

Like its predecessor, Aparajito is brilliant, in its images and its artists, and the master, Ray, takes the viewer with him onwards in the journey of Apu, till the final installment of the trilogy.

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