Mukti Bhawan: Film Review – Sweet and Powerful

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.

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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.

Release Date: 07 Apr, 2017
Language: Hindi
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Genre: Drama
Cast & Crew: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Palomi Ghosh, Geetanjali Kulkarni
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1 Comment

  1. Ambuj Jain

    April 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The movie is brilliant though slow.  While on one hand it captures the relationship between a father and a son in the past generation,  on the other hand it also captures, beautifully, the relationship between the same son and his daughter in the current  cellphone generation.  The contrast will be visible only if you pay attention to it, and once you see it it will strike like a thunderbolt.  The son so dutiful towards his father that he is willing to risk damanging the prospects in his stable job even if reluctantly, to be by his father's side taking care of him, waiting impatiently for the unpredictable till asked by his father to go back and focus on his job.   And the next generation daughter not even consulting her father, just bluntly informing him, before calling off the marraige that her father has arranged for her.  While she loves her father and really wants him to happy, yet she is so matter-of-fact about her decision that she offers to compensate her father for the wasted invitation cards printed for her wedding!  Though her father eventually comes to terms with her decision of taking up a job after cancelling her marriage, the director unmistakably brings our the turmoil parents of the cellphone-wielding generation have to go through while balancing the two diametrically opposed emotional expectations that such parents have to suffer with their independence-seeking children at one end and emotionally-blackmailing, attention-seeking older parents on the other. 

     

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