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Director  Girish Karnad
Adapted from  Mrcchakatika
Language  Hindi
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  India
Utsav movie poster

Writer  Girish Karnad, Sharad Joshi
Release date  23 August 1984 (1984-08-23)
Based on  Mrichakatika by Sudraka
Awards  National Film Award for Best Production Design
Songs  Mere Man Baaja Mridang Manjira
Cast  Rekha (Vasantsena), Shekhar Suman (Charudatta), Shashi Kapoor (Samsthanak), Neena Gupta (Mandolika), Kunal Kapoor (Aryak)

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Utsav (Hindi: उत्सव; English: The Festival) is a 1984 Hindi drama film, produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Girish Karnad. The film is based 2nd-century BC Sanskrit play, Mrichakatika (The Little Clay Cart) by Shudraka.


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The film stars Shankar Nag, Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Amjad Khan, Anuradha Patel, Shekhar Suman, Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Annu Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor.

The role of Samsthanak played by Shashi Kapoor, who is also the producer of this movie, was originally to be played by Amitabh Bachchan. However, in July 1982 Bachchan met with a major accident in Bangalore, therefore the producer himself decided to step in. The film's music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal and is still noted for its songs like, 'Mann Kyun Behka', a rare duet by Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar, and Anuradha Paudwal's 'Mere Man Baje Mridang' for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award in 1985. Suresh Wadkar also has a song, 'Saanj Dhale Gagan Tale'. The Central Board of Film Certification of India gave this movie "A" certificate which means "Restricted to adults" on 23 August 1984.


The film is an adaptation of Mṛcchakaṭika (The Little Clay Cart), a ten-act Sanskrit drama attributed to Śūdraka an ancient playwright generally thought to have lived sometime between the second century BC and the fifth century AD whom the prologue identifies as a Kshatriya king and a devotee of Siva who lived for 100 years. The play is set in the ancient city of Ujjayini during the reign of the King Pālaka, near the end of the Pradyota dynasty that made up the first quarter of the fifth century BC.


The story is about a courtesan, Vasantasena (Rekha), and her chance meeting with a poor Brahmin man, Charudatta (Shekhar Suman), in Ujjain.


  • Shashi Kapoor as Samsthanak
  • Rekha as Vasantsena
  • Amjad Khan as Vatsayana, author of Kamasutra; narrator
  • Shankar Nag as Sajjal, the thief
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Teacher of Aryak
  • Shekhar Suman as Charudutt
  • Neena Gupta as Madanika, courtesan slave in Vasantsena's house
  • Anuradha Patel as Aditi, Charudutt's Wife
  • Anupam Kher as Samsthanak's friend
  • Annu Kapoor as Masseur who is trying to be an ascetic
  • Sanjana Kapoor as A courtesan slave in Vasantsena's house
  • Kunal Kapoor as Aryak, the revolutionary.
  • Harish Patel as Maitreya, Charudutt's friend.
  • Yunus Parvez as One of the gamblers, who later becomes the owner of the masseur
  • Satish Kaushik as Cart driver
  • Utsav Shah as Civic driver
  • Production

    The film was shot in Bangalore in 1982-83. Eventually producer Shashi Kapoor, incurred a loss of Rs 1.5 crore after the film's release in 1984, as it was a commercial failure. Thus he couldn't produce another film until Ajooba (1991).


    The film's soundtrack was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Vasant Dev.


  • 1985 National Film Award for Best Art Direction: Nachiket Patwardhan, Jayoo Patwardhan
  • 1985 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award: Vasant Dev - "Mann Kyun Behka"
  • 1985 Filmfare Best Female Playback Award: Anuradha Paudwal - "Mere Man Baje Mridang"
  • References

    Utsav Wikipedia
    Utsav IMDb Utsav