Hotel Salvation

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Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan)

Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani

  • India 2016; 103 min
  • Original version: Hindi
  • Genre: Comedy drama
    • Enrico Fulchignoni – CICT-UNESCO Award - Venice IFF
    • Critics Choice Award - Vesoul IFF


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.

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.



    Sanjay Bhutiani 



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