At first go, all you may see is the plight of Indian Artist. But the movie has so many day to day emotions of 1955 interwoven into a seamless array. It brings alive that era where survival was difficult and how kids were raised back then. The bonding between durga(sister) and Apu, how run in farms can be so much more satisfying.
Movie is filled with brillient deceptions of simple daily chores, like acceptance of death, of coming of letter after months, watering a tulsi, mischief with pets, getting drenched in rain, eating under a single lamp, absence of fans, fight for food, blankets, running for train, crowding around durga festival for prasad.
We probably live in times where we have everything which movie laments about, but the touch of the soil, and simple joys and cries that the movie has to offer is forgotten.
It takes patience to watch the movie, but it is worth it. Would strongly recommend audience to watch this bengali masterpiece.