The Apu trilogy is the most celebrated work of Satyajit Ray, the greatest filmmaker ever to have emerged from Indian cinema. The three films - each a masterpiece in its own right - are enormously touching in their simplicity, emotional sweep and visual beauty and established Ray in the pantheon of the world's finest directors. 'The World of Apu', the adult Apu hopes to become a writer, but his lack of finances force him to abandon his university studies. He meets an old friend Pulu and together they travel to the wedding of Pulu's cousin, Aparna. When the bridegroom turns out to be insane and the wedding is cancelled, Apu agrees to marry Aparna to save her from ridicule. They return to his Calcutta apartment to start a new life and Apu comes to love his wife, but his happiness is soon shattered by a tragic turn of events.