Verdict – A heart-warming tale of a father-son relationship.
25-year-old Shubhashish Bhutiani marks his debut as a director of a full-length feature film titled Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation). The film first premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2016. This is where the young director Shubhashish was awarded the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni by the UNESCO jury for the film. Later, the film made it to many other film festivals like the Busan International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival. The film is all set to hit the Indian screens on the 7th of April, 2017.
The film is essentially about a father-son relationship that seems to have developed cracks over the years. A middle-aged man Rajiv (Adil Hussain) is coerced by his father Daya (Lalit Behl) to take him on a trip to Varanasi where he believes he would achieve salvation when he dies, which, he believes, is going to be soon. Rajiv is forced to set his job aside to take his father to Varanasi where they check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation), where the people wait for their death and salvation. The rule of this Bhawan states that no person will be allowed to stay for more than 15 days. So basically, you have to die within these 15 days or you have to check out.
Caught in an unusual situation, an emotional bond develops between the father and son. At the house, Daya meets people like him who aim to achieve salvation and among them is Vimla (Navnindra Behl). He develops a friendship with her. It sure does deal with a serious topic that is death but the film is far from morbid and the humor element in a few scenes helps. One particular scene will have you in splits when Daya is critical and asks Pandit to sing in key. These dollops of humor make this film a heart-warming one.
Adil as Rajiv is incredible and is a stand out as a man stuck in between not wanting his father to die and wanting to get back to his work. Lalit Behl, Navnindra Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh and Anil Rastogi fit into their roles with ease.
Written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, the film is a slice-of-life drama, the idea for which was born on one of his backpacking trip from Kerala to Varanasi.
Why You Should Watch This Movie
The film shows you the side of Varanasi not many of us know of. Full of warmth and good performances, this film is not to be missed.