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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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
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
Man To Nainon Mein
Lyrics by Vasant Dev
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar See more