My Review : Mukti Bhawan – Hotel Salvation

Prelude :
Moksha is the Hindu concept of liberation from the trials and tribulations of life. It is when you give up all materialistic pleasures and become one with your self or the Atman.
A dip in the Ganges to wash off your sins is the most popular concept but holy cities in India like Banaras are filled with devouts asking priests to liberate them. And this one house or hostel: aptly named Mukti Bhavan – gives people just that. Liberation from their life and a promise of Moksha.
Though it sounds strange, Mukti Bhavan sees thousands of visitors every year.The house is not a place where people go to commit suicide. Or it is not even a place of mercy killing. Only people right on their death-bed are allowed.
People who are on their death-bed can check-in to Mukti Bhavan and stay there for 2 weeks. However, if the person does not die within 2 weeks, he/she has to leave Mukti Bhavan and give his/her room to someone else.

And this idea of Moksha becomes the concept of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s debut feature Mukti Bhawan.

Plot :

Set in Banaras, the film revolves around a 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar who all of a sudden informs his family that his time to die has arrived, and he wants to visit Banaras for his last journey. Since Rajeev can’t let his father visit Varanasi alone, he decides to accompany him inspite for his tough work schedule..
In Benaras, Kumar prepares himself for the release from the cycle of life, death and reincarnation by checking in to a moksha retirement lodge ‘Mukti Bhawan’
Rest you need to watch the film to find out.

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Technical :
Gifted Film Director 25 year old Bhutiani does an amazing job,He beautifully handles the relationship that a son shares with a father awaiting his death. I loved the manner in which it evolves.
The cinematography by David Huwiler and Michael McSweeney is simply mind blowing and they have portrayed Banaras nothing like what we have seen it in mainstream movies till now.
The screenplay written by Bhutiani and Asad Hussain is tight, powerful and convincing.

Performances :
The father-son bond portrayed by power house of talents Lalit Behl and Adil Hussain is the USP of the film. Geetanjali Kulkarni and Palomi Ghosh through their well balanced performances make the film incredibly watchable.

Verdict :
Go and watch Mukti Bhawan – Hotel Salvation and experience the magic this great piece of cinema holds. The concept and treatment might make you forget commercial cinema. Strongly Recommended.

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