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Movie poster
Directed byGirish Karnad
Produced byShashi Kapoor
Written byKrishna Basrur, Girish Karnad (Screenplay)
Sharad Joshi (Dialogue)
Based onMrichakatika
by Śūdraka
StarringShankar Nag
Anuradha Patel
Amjad Khan
Shashi Kapoor
Shekhar Suman
Narrated byAmjad Khan
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
Vasant Dev (lyrics)
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byBhaudas Divakar
Release date
  • 21 December 1984 (1984-12-21)
Running time
145 minutes

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

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 is played by Shashi Kapoor , who is also the producer of the movie. It was originally supposed to be played by Amitabh Bachchan. However, in July 1982, Bachchan met with a major accident in Bangalore. So the producer himself decided to step in.[1] The film's music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal and is noted for its songs like, 'Mann Kyun Behka', a rare duet by sisters 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 the film an "A" certificate on 23 August 1984.[2]


The film is an adaptation of Mṛcchakatika (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.[3] 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.[4]


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



The film was shot in Bangalore in 1982-83. Producer Shashi Kapoor incurred a loss of Rs 1.5 crore after the film's release in 1984.[1]


The film's soundtrack[5] was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Vasant Dev.

# Title Singer(s) Duration
1 “Mera Man Baaja Mirdang Manjira” Anuradha Paudwal, Suresh Wadkar, Aarti Mukherji 07:03
2 “Mann Kyun Behaka Re Behaka” Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle 05:41
3 “Saanj Dhale Gagan Tale” Suresh Wadkar 04:13
4 “Neelam Pe Nabh Chhayee” Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle 03:45



  1. ^ a b "Of Jennifer and MTR (Shashi Kapoor interview)". The Hindu. 31 January 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Utsav (1984)". Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). 23 August 1984. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ Richmond, Farley P. (1990). "Characteristics of Sanskrit Theatre and Drama". In Farley P. Richmond; Darius L. Swann; Phillip B. Zarrilli (eds.). Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 55–62. ISBN 0824811909.
  4. ^ Oliver, Revilo Pendelton (1938). "Introduction to 'The Little Clay Cart.'". In Rozelle Parker Johnson; Ernst Krenn (eds.). Illinois Studies in Language and Literature. 23. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 9–44.
  5. ^ http://www.hindigeetmala.net/movie/utsav.htm
  6. ^ "Best Lyricist (Popular)". Filmfare Awards Official wlistings, Indiatimes. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2014.

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