Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation)
India /99 minutes / 2016 / DRAMA / Hindi with English subtitles
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 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, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.
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Shubhashish Bhutiani grew up in a small Himalayan town in lndia and attended Woodstock School, Mussoorie. He specialized in Direction as an undergraduate from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2013.
Mukti Bhawan has been invited to reputed festivals like Busan International Film Festival, 2016, DIFF 2016, Dubai, GIFF2017, Sweden, Berlinale EFM and Vesoul Film Festival, France where it won the Critics Choice Award. The film is now scheduled to travel at International Festivals across the globe and theatrical release in India and other countries from April 2017.
Shubhashish’s first directorial feature film, Mukti Bhawan-Hotel Salvation World Premiere was held at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016. He was honoured with the XXlIIrd PRIX "ENRICO FULCHIGNONI" Award and UNESCO Gandhi Medal 2016 for the film.
His thesis film at SVA, titled ‘Kush’ had its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, where it won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film. Kush was also shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2014 and won over 25 International Awards, including the prestigious National Award by the President of India in 2013.
Shubhashish was also Nominated and Finalist for the Financial Times/ Oppenheimer Funds as Emerging Voices in Cinema for Asia Pacific 2015. And Forbes India recognized him in 30under30 list in January 2017 for his achievements as a Writer-Director
Writer & Director Shubhashish Bhutiani
Producer Sanjay Bhutiani
Producer Sajida Sharma
Producer Shubhashish Bhutiani
Executive Producer Dina Dattani
Associate Producers Rajkumar Menda, Pravesh Sippy
Director of Photography Michael Mcsweeney, David Huwiler
First Assistant Director Abbas Raza Khan
Dialogues Asad Hussain
Production Design Avyakta Kapur
Editor Manas Mittal
Music Composer Tajdar Junaid
Sound Design Ajay Kumar PB, Akhilesh Acharya
Costume Design Shruti Weditwar
Make Up Jyotika Mirpuri
Casting Gopal Dey
Anil K Rastogi