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.
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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
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
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Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar See more