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Utsav (1984)

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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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 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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

23 August 1984 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Festival See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Film-Valas See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolour)
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Trivia

Rekha acted for the third time in a film produced by Shashi Kapoor - after Kalyug & Vijeta. Amitabh Bachchan was to star in the movie but he opted out because of his pact to not act with Rekha. Shashi Kapoor took on the role and had to gain weight. The film was delayed and went over budget. Shashi Kapoor suffered huge losses. His wife Jennifer Kendal Kapoor died during the making of this film. Shashi could never lose the weight he gained and shifted to character roles for a few years thereafter before retiring. 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

Man To Nainon Mein
Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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A classic tale of love
14 August 2005 | by samiranghosh-1See all my reviews

Directed by Girish Karnad, this movie is a pure delight to watch. Within a comparatively small budget, the director, has managed to recreate the period atmosphere of the Gupta age complete with lavish sets and costumes. Competent performances by all and some incredible music by Laxmikant Pyarelal's songs like Saanjh Dale, Man kyun Behaka, Neelam pe naleh chhaye have been wonderfully choreographed. What made this movie thoroughly enjoyable were the delightful characters: Courtesans, Musicians, Burglars, revolutionaries etc all cleverly inter-woven in this wonderful story of Vasantsena, played by Rekha, seen through the eyes of Vatsyayana the author of "Kamasutra".

Rekha's performance as Vasantsena is marvellous. It is a classic movie about eroticism told in a non-titillating way. For example in the scene where Vasantsena takes off her ornaments with the aid of Charudutt is one of the most poetic eroticism I have ever seen.

Enjoy...


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