Utsav (1984)

When a genius like Girish Karnad, the playwright, who wrote his most famous play, Tughlaq, at the age of 25 only and won Jnanapith award for writing plays in 1999, joins hands with another genius Shashi Kapoor, a film producer who dares to make different and sensible cinema and tries to carry cinema to new heights, then only a film like Utsav borns.This is based on Bhas’ play called mrishchakatick meaning Chariot of clay.

Cast: Rekha, Amjad Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Based on the 6th century A.D. Sanskrit play “The Golden Toy Chariot” by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, “Utsav” faithfully follows Bhasa’s story-line.Vasantasena, a courtesan who dances at the King Palaka’s court hides in Charudatta’s house while running away from the amorous attentions of the king’s brother-in-law.She falls in love with Charudatta, though he is married and penniless.They have an affair.

Meanwhile, the rightful heir to the throne – King Palaka’s brother – escapes from prison. While he is being pursued by the king’s troops, Charudatta helps him.The king’s brother-in-law strangles Vasantasena when she refuses to submit to him and leaves her for dead.When Charudatta tries to have her jewels pawned, he is arrested for her murder.What happens to him and the other characters constitutes the final part of the film.The movie shows the greatness of Indian Culture where vastyana who wrote kamsutraa was a celibate.Overall the plot is very seductive but it is the story and direction makes the movie a non erotic but a classic.

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