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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... See full summary »

Director:

Girish Karnad

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Krishna Basrur (script), Bhasa (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rekha ... Vasantsena
Amjad Khan ... Vatsyayan
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Anonymous revolutionary
Shankar Nag ... Sajjal
Kunal Kapoor ... Aryak
Anuradha Patel ... Aditi (as Anooradha)
Anupam Kher ... Sansthanak's friend
Neena Gupta ... Madanika
Annu Kapoor ... Masseur
Harish Patel ... Maitrey
Gopi Desai Gopi Desai
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ... (as Lakshmi Krishnamurty)
Shashi Kapoor ... Samsthanak
Shekhar Suman ... Charudatta (as Manjunath Shekhar Suman)
Rajesh Puri
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Storyline

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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Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

23 August 1984 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Festival See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Production Co:

Film-Valas See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolour)
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Trivia

The first silent film of Kannada film industry was 'Mricchakatika'(Vasantsena) in 1931, starring Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. Girish Karnad who directed Utsav is from Karnataka (South Indian state) and is well versed and a known scholar in Kannada language. See more »

Alternate Versions

One musical number has been cut from the domestic (Indian) release, whereas the international version is complete. The song is picturized on Rekha (playing a lower caste courtesan) and Shekhar Suman (playing a high caste Brahmin), where he drinks the water trickling down her neck. The scene was cut after protests by the Brahmin religious zealots. See more »

Soundtracks

Neelam Ke Nabh Chaaye
Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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Wow. how india was
3 June 2000 | by vishalsantSee all my reviews

When i saw Utsav i felt so proud of being Indian. Today ours is a conservative country but in the gupta period we were so liberal about sex. The Gupta era has been masterfully captured in this movie. The only bad thing was that the film has a slightly slow pace. The song "Man kyon behka" is excellent. The Sets are seductive and the cinematography is impressive.


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