• Kanu Bandyopadhyay: Harihar, the Father
  • Karuna Bandyopadhyay: Sarbajaya, the mother
  • Pinaki Sengupta: Apu, as a boy
  • Smaran Ghosal: Apu, as an adolescent

Apus Road to Life: The Invincible ( Bengali অপরাজিত, Aparajita, translated: Undefeated ) is an Indian film by Satyajit Ray from 1957 He was born on a story by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. . In the GDR, the film was titled The Undefeated.


A morning in the city of Benares. Harihar works as a priest at the ghats of the city. On the evening of the feast he gets fever. Although he feels a little better the next day, he collapses in the streets of Benares and dies after a few days of pneumonia.

After the death of the breadwinner Apu and his mother work as domestic workers in the urban upper class. With this family, they go as servants to the country. As Apu sees the local school, he would like to visit on your own this absolutely. He is an above average student.

Years later, he is the second best of the district and school director gets an offer to go to college on a scholarship to Kolkata college. Apu's mother is not too thrilled, she wants her son rather see practice the profession of a priest, like his father. Apu sets us apart and travels to Kolkata. He rents a room in a room in a print shop where he works while studying at night, but rent-free lives. As a result, he falls asleep in lectures.

On his first visit, the mother asks him out in detail about Kolkata. Only two months after departure Apus his mother feel lonely again and asks him to come back quickly. Apu you have to cancel. In a message to a friend, his mother was sick, Apu finally goes but to the country. When he arrives, his mother is already dead Apu grabs all his things and leaves the place towards Kolkata.


The film is the second part of the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray. He was successful in the Western film criticism, this time at the Film Festival in Venice, again. In the style of neo-realism it represents the developing project of the self Apus in the center. His family will cease to exist.


"Second film in the trilogy by Satyajit Ray, more clearly than the first part of the model of the Italian Neoverismus oriented. Human incisively and formally exquisite. "


  • Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival, 1957
  • FIPRESCI Prize, London, 1957
  • Critics' Award for Best Film and Direction, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1958
  • Golden Laurel for Best Foreign film 1958-9 USA
  • Selznick Golden Laurel, Berlin, 1960
  • Bodil Award for Best Non- European Film, Denmark, 1967 Category