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
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Vatsyayan
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Shankar Nag ...
Sajjal
Kunal Kapoor ...
Aryak
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Sansthanak's friend
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Masseur
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Maitrey
Gopi Desai
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Samsthanak
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Charudatta (as Manjunath Shekhar Suman)
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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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Rekha acted for the third time in Shashi Kapoor's production Film-Valas after Kalyug & Vijeyta. Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha were to act togrthe, but due to Amitabh health problems, Shashi Kapoor did the role and had to gain weight for the part ( which he couldnt loose again, physicaly it affected him ) Shashi Kapoor was not in the part of cast before and a new acror Shekhar Suman was also introduced in this film. After a long time Lata Mamgeshkar and Asha Bhosle sang toghether in this film This film was delayed and it went over budjet Shashi Kapoor suffered a big lost for this film he lost very big amount of money and decided that if he makes a film, he will make a masala type of film, not good award winning cinemas again. His wife Jenifer Kendal Kapoor died during the making of this film. The good cinemas effected Shashi Kapoor's acting carear. See more »

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Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
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Movie portraying life of women during gupta period
16 January 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is based on Bhas' play called mrishchakatick meaning Chariot of clay. However the name has not much significance to the play. The story is about a prostitute (prostitutes had a great respect then) Vsantsena loving a bankrupt seth Charudatta. The movie shows the greatness of Indian Culture where vastyana who wrote kamsutraa was a celibate. A prostitute was a virgin. And person who defeated the king did not accept the monarch but just got mixed up with the crowd. A champiwala became sadhu when he saw how vasantsena loved charudatta. How a Indian wife though angry give away her only ornament to save his husband. The plot is very seductive but it is the story and direction makes the movie a non erotic but a classic


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