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.
Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navinindra Behl
Washington DC Premiere
64th National Film Awards – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
Official Selection Busan International Film Festival
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Shubhashish Bhutiani is a Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and script writer. He made his directorial debut in Bollywood with the film Mukti Bhawan is a film based on relationships and family. He won National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for direction Mukti Bhawan at 64th National Film Awards. Mumbai-based Bhutiani was just 21 when he wrote and directed Kush, his thesis film for his undergraduate course at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Language: Hindi (English Subtitles)
Her first time is an 8-minute short film about the relationship between a working mother and her 11-year old daughter. The film happens in a span of one evening when the daughter gets her first period while her mum, a doctor, is away at work. The narrative draws a parallel between hospital an home and is a common thread that strengthens their relationship despite the physical distance. The film celebrates the girl child and coming of age!
Cast: Veena Nair, Satyajeet Sharma, Vedika Nanwani
Director: Divya Unny
Divya has been a journalist in Mumbai city for 12 years and an actor for the past four years. This is her first film and she intends to create a series of short films about the life of urban women across the country. She has a knack and passion for story telling, She is a professionally trained dancer and loves to binge on cinema and travel when doing nothing.
Language: Hindi/English (with English Subtitles)
About the Film
Film making can be daunting to say the least but it also proved therapeutic and enlightening for this new Director. If you ask him about his footage, he’ll most likely say it was good luck for being at the right place, right time, and right circumstance… and of course, a lot of perseverance. That’s how he did it and it almost all didn’t happen if he hadn’t heeded the call and taken that first leap of faith…
Post Screening Discussion with Director Dr. Wilson Chang
Director: Wilson Chang
Wilson Chang began as a Director and Producer with nothing more than an inspiration. Upon taking a leap of faith and with persistence and determination, he founded Bretton Place Films to commemorate the area near Bretton Woods Country Club where he, his brother, and others first began filming project #1, The Silver Bullet Porsche, A Tribute to Steve McQueen’s Le Mans.