Based on the circa 2nd century BCE to 2nd Century CE, Sanskrit play "Daridra-Charudatta" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, "Utsav" faithfully follows Bhasa's story-line. Vasantasena, a... See full summary »

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Vasantsena
Amjad Khan ...
Vatsyayan
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Anonymous revolutionary
Shankar Nag ...
Sajjal
Kunal Kapoor ...
Aryak
Anuradha Patel ...
Aditi (as Anooradha)
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Sansthanak's friend
Neena Gupta ...
Madanika
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Masseur
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Maitrey
Gopi Desai
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ...
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Shashi Kapoor ...
Samsthanak
Shekhar Suman ...
Charudatta (as Manjunath Shekhar Suman)
Rajesh Puri
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Based on the circa 2nd century BCE to 2nd Century CE, Sanskrit play "Daridra-Charudatta" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, "Utsav" faithfully follows Bhasa's story-line. Vasantasena, a courtesan who dances at the King Palaka's court hides in Charudatta's house while running away from the amorous attentions of the king's brother-in-law. She falls in love with Charudatta, though he is married and penniless. They have an affair. Meanwhile, the rightful heir to the throne - King Palaka's brother - escapes from prison. While he is being pursued by the king's troops, Charudatta helps him. The king's brother-in-law strangles Vasantasena when she refuses to submit to him and leaves her for dead. When Charudatta tries to have her jewels pawned, he is arrested for her murder. What happens to him and the other characters constitutes the final part of the film. Written by Anonymous

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Utsav effected. Shashi Kapoor financely, it ruined him, also physicaly because he gain weight it affected his health todate and at that same time the death of his wife jeniffer kendal kapoor all this affected shashi kapoor very badly. Also director girish karnad went over budget he letdown shashi kapoor. See more »

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Neelam Ke Nabh Chaaye
Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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Artistically brilliant- slightly patchy narration
26 February 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie yesterday and felt that the roles of Amjad Khan were underdeveloped, both as the narrator and as Vatsyayana. He is introduced as narrator but does not do anything after that. He then comes up as Vatsyayana but is lost after a few scene. I thought Vatsyayana could have been a recurring motif for the movie- just to highlight the eroticism of the times in the Gupta age, called the Golden Age of India.

Acting wise, Rekha is superb, nearly phenomenal! Debutant Shekhar Suman displays the nervousness of a now-poor man who is being seduced by a famous and rich courtesan- but he lacks screen presence, an obvious side effect. As a rookie and that too in front of Rekha, he would naturally have been nervous! The most curious case was that of Shashi Kapoor's Sansthanak- a role he would never have played anywhere else and something that Akhilendra Mishra's (aka Kroor Singh of Chandrakanta) of today would feel more comfortable playing! Still his acting needs to be commended- I noticed only really late that this was SHASHI KAPOOR!

Overall, the feeling was that while it was good, it could have been even better.


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