Since the day I have seen the movie Utsav, I am really amazed at the marvellous work of the director, Girish Karnad and execution of the concept. The film is generally viewed in a bad taste. A common misconception is that the film shows medieval times sex life of Indians. But its not like that. Utsav shows the prosperity of India in medieval times when even the brothel houses were respected. It is based on a famous play “Charudatt”.The film, infact shows how Vatsyayan composed his famous epic Kamasutra in somewhat funny way. The opening scene shows Vatsyayan (Amjad Khan) explaining a “Nati” (actress) (both of them are “Sutradhaar” (narrators)) the different aspects of arts. He says that art can be associated with many different activiies. The film portrays art in different forms being used in different ways, viz:
music, used to incite love in the heart of a lady (Vasant Sena, beautifully played by Rekha) for a poor man Cgarudatt (played by Shekhar Suman) when the former accidently finds shelter in house of latter.
love, used to pursuade a wife (played by Anuradha Patel) to accept his husband’s prostitute lover, only because the person has changed his way of expressing love to her after spending one night with the prostitute.
theft, when a thief with his excellent skills of opening locks helps a revolutionary escape the wicked king’s cell.
politics, when the wicked brother-in-law of the king (excellently played by the veteran Shashi Kapoor) frames the innocent lover of the prostitute for her murder while he himself had killed her. This way he is saving his name as well as taking revenge.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. Specially the songs. One of the best music in hindi cinema. The songs “Saanjh dhale” and “mann kyon beheka” are melodious.
The opening credits in the movie shows a painting of Rekha in greenish blue background. That pic inspired me for my new poster color painting, and here it is. Since its not oil colors, I could not do any detailing work in the jewellery part of the pic, which is someting I love to do.