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IFII 51, 49: Avijatrik, a sequel to Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar

IFII 51, 49: Avijatrik, a sequel to Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar

In an edition where the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) pays tribute to legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray, there was a fitting entry in the Indian Panorama Feature Film section of the festival, which builds on his rich cinematic contribution. Avijatrik, a sequel to Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, often cited as the three greatest films in Indian film history. The trilogy comprises the Bengali films Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959).

“After 60 years (62, really), Apu is returning to the big screen.” This is how director Subhrajit Roy introduced Avijatrik. Roy was speaking at a press conference held in Goa, after the screening of the film at the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Avijatrik takes off from Apur Sansar, where Ray’s masterful the Apu trilogy ended. The film is based on the last one-third part of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s novel Aparajito. It is the journey of a father and his son and how the father relives his entire childhood through the eyes of his son. The story revolves around a sublime bond between a father, Apu, and his 6-year-old son Kajol, who lost his mother to an unpropitious fate during his birth. Apu finally bids farewell to his village, his city, his motherland and embarks on a spirited journey with Kajol and friend Shankar. They go in search of new beginnings, to unexplored terrains in a faraway land.

“This film is all about a journey - a journey outside and a journey within”, said the director.

Reflecting on the difficulties in recreating a period piece, dating 80 years back, the director threw light on how the aura of the period has been captured. “The production design team recreated the Benaras of 1940s, based on shots taken in today’s city. In a particular sequence, iconic the Howrah Bridge of Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, was also shown to be under construction.”

Notably, the film has been made in black-and-white. Explaining this, the film maker informed: “This film is set in the 1940s. Whenever we think of any pre-independent era picture, our mind sees it in black and white. It’s in our mind, it’s in our psyche. Moreover, this being a sequel of Apu Trilogy, we wanted to recreate the same imagery and visuals”.

He added that he himself, and cinematographer Supratim Bhol, decided to use black-and-white to capture “the soul of Apu’s journey and his wanderlust”.

There are some constraints faced by a director and his team in making a limited budget film, said Subhrajit Mitra. “Yet, if we give good content to the viewers, they will return to the theatres.”

The 51st International Film Festival of India paid rich tribute to the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray in the centenary year of his birth. The following films were showcased as a part of this tribute:

Charulata (1964)

Ghare Baire (1984)

Pather Panchali (1955)

Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Sonar Kella (1974)

While this writer has great regard for the first three, the last two films were not in the same class. Having missed out on Sonar Kella, I caught up with it at IFFI 51, and was a tad disappointed.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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