Aadharshila, India, 05 March 1982

The film is about Ajay (Naseeruddin Shah), a young filmmaker, hoping to direct his first film. He has just got married, and he shares his hopes with his wife Asha (Anita Kanwar). Asha works as a teacher to support them while Ajay take on other work, but always hoping to make his film. Aadharshila portrays the struggles of young people - especially graduates of the Film and Television Institute of India - to find a foothold in the Indian film industry. The film ends with the completion of the film-within-a-film.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 154 Minutes
  • Director: Ashok Ahuja
  • Awards: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director, Film Ducat, International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg


Aadharshila (English: The Foundation Stone) is a 1982 Hindi film written, produced and directed by Ashok Ahuja, and starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anita Kanwar.

The film won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.[