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CAST

Naseeruddin Shah

Anita Kanwar

Devki Nandan Pandey

Anu Kapoor

K.K.Raina

Madhu Malati

Neena Gupta

Pankaj Kapoor

Raghuvir Yadav

Raja Bundela

Satish Kaushik

Zafar

Alok Nath

Deepak Kejriwal

Dolly Ahluwalia

Rajesh Puri

Simi

Vijay Kashyap

SPECIAL APPEARANCE Bhiku

Harsh Nayyar

Indu Chowfin

Maheshwar Dayal

Shekhar

Uttara Baokar

PLAYBACK SINGERS Pankaj Mitra

Krishna Kalle

Bhushan Mehta

Suresh Wadkar

Dilraj Kaur

Bhupinder

Mahendra Kapoor

Aziz Nazan

Anuradha Paudwal

SONGS

Written & Composed by

Ranjit Kapoor

Orchestrated & Conducted by Uttam Singh

Recorded by

Daman Sood

MUSIC

Uttam Singh

CAMERA

Sharad Navle

Pintu Chowdhry

Abdul / Parveen / Ambalal / Sakharam

EDITING

Renu Saluja

RE-RECORDING

Mangesh Desai

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION

Davinder Mohini Ahuja

 MANAGER  PRODUCTION

Lalit Ahuja

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER A.L.Ahuja

WRITTEN, PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY

Ashok Ahuja

AADHARSHILA is a film about a young filmmaker--a man who finds himself at a point of beginning in his career and in his life. It portrays the beliefs and hopes of young people and measures the odds against them.

It is a story of dreams, of humiliation, of conviction, and of courage.

1982 / HINDI / FEATURE / EASTMANCOLOR / 35MM / 130 MINUTES

[Available with English Sub-titles]

 
   
  AWARDS      

FILMDUKATEN [1982]

Mannheim International Film Festival

“...for its humour and irony, and the courage to show emotions...”

RAJAT KAMAL (Silver Lotus) [1982]

National Award - Best First Film

“...for making a bold statement on the aspirations and frustrations of the young generation of film-makers he himself represents and for a very sensitive treatment of the relationship between an idealist director and an inscrutable story-writer.”

FILMFARE CRITICS AWARD [1982]

Critics’ Choice for the ‘Best Film of the Year’.

Anita Kanwar
  Devki Nandan Pandey and Naseeruddin Shah  
  Film Festivals

 

International Film Festival of India, CALCUTTA 1982 National Film Festival, NEW DELHI, 1982

TASHKENT International Film Festival, 1982 MANNHEIM International Filmwoche, 1982 HONGKONG International Film Festival, 1983 MOSCOW International Film Festival, 1983

PIA Film Festival, TOKYO, 1983

 
  Ashok Ahuja at PIA Film Festival, Tokyo
     
  Anita Kanwar and Naseeruddin Shah The Young Generation Neena Gupta

Ajay has just finished his training as film director and has married Asha. He has brought his wife, who is still wearing her wedding bangles, to show her around the Film Institute from where he graduated. As the couple walk across the studio floor he narrates to her the story of Prabhat Studio that was later converted into the Film & TV Institute of India so that the trained and educated young people of the country could come forward and make better films. He talks of the hundreds of young people who came here with countless dreams. Only a handful of them earned a name for themselves, the rest were lost in oblivion. From here they must begin.

Fortunately for Ajay and Asha, they have a house of their own. They paint its walls, scrub its floors and fill it with warmth. She teaches in a school. He too gets work. They make new friends and life begins to move. But Ajay’s desire to express himself through his work constantly haunts him. Through him and his friends we discover the eternal hopes and dreams of young people as also the consistent odds against them.

AADHARSHILA is a story of dreams, of humiliation, of conviction and of courage.

 
         
   

Dig your own fingers

Into your breast

And pull out on your palm

Your bleeding, pulsating heart

Then let us hear it beat.

Enough, enough, enough...

Tell us no more tales

Let us see you become

That new man

A new man, the new man.

                                           -Ashok Ahuja

                          [from Aadharshila]

   
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