Hotel Salvation

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    Hotel Salvation

    Mukti Bhawan

    Directed by



    103 min

    • Hindi

    Comedy drama

    An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people who want to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel. Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, and not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.


    • Enrico Fulchignoni – CICT-UNESCO Award - Venice IFF
    • Critics Choice Award - Vesoul IFF



    Adil Hussain
    Lalit Behl
    Geetanjali Kulkarni
    Palomi Ghosh
    Navnindra Behl
    Anil K Rastogi
    Shubhashish Bhutiani
    David Huwiler
    Michael McSweeney
    Manas Mittal
    Tajdar Junaid

    Director's Statement

    The moment I heard about these hotels in Varanasi, I knew I had to go see it for myself to believe any of it. I did not know what to expect in a place where people check themselves in, to die. Surprisingly, these hotels were all so unassuming—all apart from the city, tucked away in a lane, sometimes very hard to find—each operating on its own set of rules. The real surprise, however, came from the conversations I had with the guests at these hotels and the stories that followed. The story of a son who had brought his father there for his last days made me look at Mukti Bhawan, not just as a setting, but as a place shaped by the relationships of the people who live in it. The film explores this idea of liberation and what that means to the three different generations of a family, beginning with the patriarch. Ironically, this is not a story of death, but about life and the relationships that make us who we are, in a city that sometimes sees death as part of its fabric and sometimes as a celebration.



    Elegantly executed

    Claudio Alves, Magazine HD

    It treats aging and death with sympathy and dignity, shot through with eccentric humour.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    An indian comedy full of emotional depth and understated paradox.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Shubhashish Bhutiani

    Shubhashish Bhutiani


    Born in 1991 in Kolkatta, India, Shubhashish Bhutiani grew up in a small Himalayan town in India where he attended Woodstock School. After being heavily involved in theater he transitioned from acting to writing and directing and went to learn filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His thesis film, KUSH, premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival where it won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Short Film. KUSH was shortlisted at the 2014 Academy Awards and has won over 25 awards all over the globe.