|Directed by||Girish Karnad|
|Produced by||Shashi Kapoor|
|Written by||Krishna Basrur, Girish Karnad (Screenplay)
Sharad Joshi (Dialogue)
|Music by||Laxmikant Pyarelal|
|Editing by||Bhaudas Divakar|
|Release dates||23 August 1984|
|Running time||145 min|
The role played by Shashi Kapoor, who is also the producer of this movie, was originally to be played by Amitabh Bachchan. However, Bachchan later declined and 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) (Sanskrit: मृच्छकटिकम्; also spelled Mrcchakatika, Mricchakatika, or Mrichchhakatika), a ten-act Sanskrit drama attributed to Śūdraka (Sanskrit: शूद्रक), 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.
- Shashi Kapoor as Samsthanak
- Rekha as Vasantsena
- Amjad Khan as Vaatsyayan, 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, husband of Ramesh Sippy's daughter 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
|1.||"Mere Man Baaja Mridang Manjira"||Aarti Mukherji, Anuradha Paudwal, Suresh Wadkar|
|2.||"Mann Kyun Behaka Re Behaka"||Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle|
|3.||"Saanj Dhale Gagan Tale"||Suresh Wadkar|
|4.||"Neelam Pe Nabh Chhaye"||Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle|
- 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"
- Richmond, Farley P. (1990). Farley P. Richmond, Darius L. Swann, and Phillip B. Zarrilli, ed. "Characteristics of Sanskrit Theatre and Drama." in Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 55–62. ISBN 0824811909.
- Oliver, Revilo Pendelton (1938). Rozelle Parker Johnson and Ernst Krenn, ed. "Introduction to 'The Little Clay Cart.' " in Illinois Studies in Language and Literature 23. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 9–44.