The film won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
Aadharshila part 1
The film is about Ajay (Naseeruddin Shah), a young filmmaker, hoping to direct his first film. He has just got married, and he shares his hopes with his wife Asha (Anita Kanwar). Asha works as a teacher to support them while Ajay take on other work, but always hoping to make his film. Aadharshila portrays the struggles of young people - especially graduates of the Film and Television Institute of India - to find a foothold in the Indian film industry. The film ends with the completion of the film-within-a-film.
"Mehka Hua Gulab Ho Tum" - Dilraj Kaur, Suresh Wadkar
"Sapnon Ka Sheher Hai Ye" -Bhupinder Singh
"Sabse Bada Hai Kyo" - Aziz Nazan, Mahendra Kapoor
"Yeh Jag Jhootha" - Anuradha Paudwal
"Sarka Le Khatiya Naa Baba" - Krishna Kalle, Bhushan Mehta
The film has an ensemble cast - almost a who's who of the parallel cinema in India. Except for Naseeruddin Shah, for most of the others it was their first film, even though other films may have been released earlier.
Devki Nandan Pandey
K. K. Raina
Directed by—Ashok Ahuja
Written by—Ashok Ahuja
Produced by—Ashok Ahuja
Music -- Uttam Singh
Editing -- Renu Saluja
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director
Film Ducat, International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
International Film Festival of India, CALCUTTA 1982