Mukti Bhawan – Hotel Salvation
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
Poignant, uplifting, superbly shot, this beautifully simple comedy-drama is a reminder that great cinema sometimes needs nothing more than an inspired director; an honest, compelling story and a cast in tune with the project…Hotel Salvation is a real hospice in the holy city of Varanasi where the terminally ill come knowing that if they die there they will achieve salvation. Against this backdrop, a reluctant, but dutiful, son arrives with his father, happily but stubbornly adamant he is staying until he dies. Once ensconced, the father quickly gets a second wind driven by a blossoming friendship with another elderly guest. The son, though, is increasingly torn between filial duties and his family back home… Despite what the plot may suggest, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more life-affirming and heart-warming film. NB: The Tulsi Indian Restaurant will be running a pop-up restaurant at The Hall this evening.