APU RETURNS AFTER 60 YEARS
“Apu” - the legendary enduring and endearing character is all set to return on silver screen after 60 years in a Bengali period drama feature film, “Avijatrik”. The storyline is based on the concluding part of the epic novel “Aparajito”, written by one of the leading Bengali litterateurs, late Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. The film will be directed by Subhrajit Mitra.
“Avijatrik” - “The Wanderlust of Apu” (in English) will be shot in several parts of India, and in black & white to retain the rich aesthetic flavor that complements its backdrop of 1940’s India. The plot takes off from where “The Apu Trilogy” had ended in 1959, with “Apur Sansar”. This film, “ Avijatrik”, focuses on the wanderlust of the main protagonist and the story of a sublime bond between a father and a son. The story is of Apu and his 6 year old son Kajol.
What makes this project equally special is the involvement of noted four time national award winning filmmaker and Padma Shri Awardee, Madhur Bhandarkar of Bhandarkar Entertainment who has decided to co-present this film with Gaurang Jalan of Gaurang Films.
“Avijatrik” will witness a plethora of international cast and crew. The shooting will commence after few more months, to capture specific seasons and visual scapes. The rich background score of the film will be composed and rendered by internationally acclaimed exponents of Indian classical music. Major National and International production houses are extending their help for technical assistance and international and national distribution opportunities attempting to recreate the magic of Apu on big screen again, to enthrall the audiences.
There’s more to the story than we all know besides the three masterpieces that had sketched the life of Apu, so far; which awaits the last journey of this evergreen character.
Expect to revisit nostalgia of Apu all over again with this black & white feature “Avijatrik”.