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Directed by Girish Karnad
Produced by Shashi Kapoor
Written by Krishna Basrur, Girish Karnad (Screenplay)
Sharad Joshi (Dialogue)
Based on Mrichakatika
by Śūdraka
Starring Shankar Nag
Amjad Khan
Shashi Kapoor
Shekhar Suman
Narrated by Amjad Khan
Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal
Vasant Dev (lyrics)
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Edited by Bhaudas Divakar
Release date
  • 21 December 1984 (1984-12-21)
Running time
145 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

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.

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[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. 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).[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 2014-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Utsav (1984)". Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). 1984-08-23. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  3. ^ Richmond, Farley P. (1990). Farley P. Richmond; Darius L. Swann; Phillip B. Zarrilli, eds. "Characteristics of Sanskrit Theatre and Drama." in Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 55–62. ISBN 0824811909. 
  4. ^ Oliver, Revilo Pendelton (1938). Rozelle Parker Johnson; Ernst Krenn, eds. "Introduction to 'The Little Clay Cart.' " in 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. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 

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