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Directed by Ashok Ahuja
Produced by Ashok Ahuja
Written by Ashok Ahuja
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Anita Kanwar
Devki Nandan Pandey
Neena Gupta
Raja Bundela
K. K. Raina
Annu Kapoor
Music by Uttam Singh
Cinematography Sharad Navle
Edited by Renu Saluja
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
154 minutes
Language Hindi

Aadharshila (English: The Foundation Stone) is a 1982 Hindi film written, produced and directed by Ashok Ahuja, and starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anita Kanwar.

The film won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.[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.


  1. "Mehka Hua Gulab Ho Tum" - Dilraj Kaur, Suresh Wadkar
  2. "Sapnon Ka Sheher Hai Ye" -Bhupinder Singh
  3. "Sabse Bada Hai Kyo" - Aziz Nazan, Mahendra Kapoor
  4. "Yeh Jag Jhootha" - Anuradha Paudwal
  5. "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.


  • Directed by—Ashok Ahuja
  • Written by—Ashok Ahuja
  • Produced by—Ashok Ahuja
  • Music -- Uttam Singh
  • Cinematography—Sharad Navel
  • Editing -- Renu Saluja


Film Festivals[edit]

  • International Film Festival of India, CALCUTTA 1982
  • National Film Festival, NEW DELHI, 1982
  • TASHKENT International Film Festival, 1982
  • MANNHEIM International Filmwoche, 1982
  • HONGKONG International Film Festival, 1983
  • MOSCOW International Film Festival, 1983
  • PIA Film Festival, TOKYO, 1983


  1. ^ "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Films in 1982: 31st International Film Week Mannheim 04 - 09 October 1982". International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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