Utsav [English: The Festival] is a 1984 Hindi film, produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Girish Karnad.
The film stars Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Amjad Khan, Anuradha Patel, Shekhar Suman, Anupam Kher, Shankar Nag, Neena Gupta, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Annu Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor.
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 up to fill in. The films music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal and is still noted for its songs like, Man Kyun Behka, a rare duet by Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar, and Anuradha Paudwals 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.
* Shashi Kapoor....Samsthaanak
* Amjad Khan....Vaatsyaayan and Sutradhar
* Shankar Nag .... Sajjal, the thief
* Kulbhushan Kharbanda .... Guru of Aryak, a revolutionary
* Shekhar Suman....Chaarudutt
* Neena Gupta .... Mandolika, courtesan slave in Vasantsenas house
* Anuradha Patel .... Aditi, Chaarudutts Wife
* Anupam Kher .... Samsthaanaks friend
* Annu Kapoor .... Masseur who is in the movie trying to be an ascetic
* Sanjana Kapoor .... A daasi/courtesan slave in Vasantsenas house
* Kunal Kapoor .... Aryak, the revolutionary.
* Harish Patel .... Maitreya, Chaarudutts friend.
* Yunus Parvez .... One of the gamblers, who owns the masseur later on.
* Satish Kaushik....Cart driver
* 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"
The film is based on the adaptation on two classical Sanskrit plays, Charudatta by Bhasa, which was later adapted by Shudraka in 6 Century A.D. as Mrichakatika about the life of courtesan, Vasantasena [Rekha], and her chance meeting with a poor boy, Charudatta [Shekhar Suman] in Ujjain.
Source : Utsav Wiki Page