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"Pulsating, Soulful, Lively tale, of Death
Rarely has any film about death been so lively, so pulsating, so soulful "

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.

Reviews & Ratings

  • "A brilliant tale that explores life and death"

    The Economic Times
  • "Pulsating, Soulful, Lively tale, of Death
    Rarely has any film about death been so lively, so pulsating, so soulful "
  • "A heartwarming tragicomic tale about life, death and reconciliation"
  • "If there is only one film that you want to see this week, this month, this year - or this lifetime - let it be this one."

  • "A Masterpiece That Dares To Smile At Death!"

    SKJ Bollywood News
  • "Powerful and mesmerising. It is a unique vision that is powerful, arresting and well-executed!"

    Sify News
  • "An enjoyable, thoughtful comedy about dying, freedom and family ties."

    Hollywood Reporter
  • "Hotel Salvation finds Rebirth in the Pursuit of Death"

    Screen Anarchy

Awards & Recognitions

  • Indian National Award 2016 Special Mention for Best Film
  • Indian National Award 2016 Special Mention for Best Actor
  • Biennale College Cinema Award Venice, Italy
  • UNESCO Gandhi Medal 2016Goa, India
  • XXIIIrd GRAND PRIX " Enricho Fulchignoni" 2016 Award Presented by UNESCO
  • Best Film NY International Film Festival 2017New York City, USA
  • Critics Choice Award 2017The Vesoul Film Festival, France
  • Asian Cinema Fund Award 2016Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
  • Audience Choice Award 2017Indie Meme Festival, Texas, USA
  • Prisoners Jury Award MOOOV Film Festival, Belgium

The Director

The moment I heard about these hotels in Varanasi, I knew I had to go see them formyself to be able to believe it. I did not know what to expect in a place wherepeople check themselves in to die.

Surprisingly, these hotels were all so unassuming - all a part of the city, tucked away in a lane, sometimes very hard to find with each having their own set of rules, thatoperated like a world in itself. But the real surprise, however, lay in myconversations with the guests and the stories of the people who live there.

One such story about a son who had to bring his father here for his last days, mademe stop looking at Mukti Bhawan as a setting, but as a place shaped by therelationships of the people in it. While this could have been a film about any ofthe guests at the hotel, Mukti Bhawan is about the impact of this place on oneparticular family. It explores this idea of liberation and what that means tothe three different generations, beginning with the patriarch.

Ironically, Mukti Bhawan isn’t a story of death,but of life and relationships that make us who we are, in a city that sometimes sees death as part of it’s fabric and sometimes as a celebration.

Shubhashish Bhutiani grew up in a small Himalayan town in India where he attended Woodstock School. After being heavily involved in theatre he transitioned from acting to writing/directing and went to learn filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

His thesis film, Kush,premiered at the 70th Venice International 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.

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Screening Schedule

Festival Name Location Dates Status
Habitat Film Festival New Delhi, India May 18-28 2017 Confirmed
Sydney International Film Festival '17 Australia June 7 - 18 2017 Confirmed
London Indian Film Festival '17 London, UK June 22 - 29 2017 Confirmed
Filmfest Muenchen '17 Germany June 22- July 1 2017 Confirmed
IndoGerman Filmweek '17 Germany July 13 - 20 2017 Confirmed
Indian Film Festival Stuttgart '17 Stuttgart, Germany July 19 - 23 2017 Confirmed
Heartland Film Festival Special Event '17 Indiana, USA August 2017 Confirmed
Mosiac Intl South Asian Film Festival '17 Mississauga, Canada Aug 3-6 2017 Confirmed
Melbourne International Film Festival Australia Aug 3-20 2017 Confirmed
Venice International Film Festival '16 Venice, Italy Aug 31 - Sept 10 2016 Completed
Busan International Film Festival '16 Busan, Korea Oct 6 - 15 2016 Completed
Dubai International Film Festival '16 Dubai, UAE Dec 7 - 14 2016 Completed
Gotoberg International Film Festival '17 Sweden Jan 27 -Feb 6 20167 Completed
Vesoul International Film Festival '17 France Feb 2017 Completed
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles '17 Los Angeles, USA April 5-9 2017 Completed
San Fransisco International Film Festival '17 California,USA April 5-19 2017 Completed
Mooov '17 Belgium April 18-30 2017 Completed
Indie Meme Film Festival '17 Austin, USA April 20 - 23 2017 Completed
New York Indian Film Festival 2017 New York, USA Apr 30- May 7 2017 Completed
Taoyuan Film Festival '17 Taiwan May 12-25 2017 Completed

Cast & Crew

Directed & Written By

Shubhashish Bhutiani


Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, and Anil K Rastogi 


Sanjay Bhutiani, Sajida Sharma, Shubhashish Bhutiani

Associate Producer

Rajkumar Menda

Line Producer

Rati Shankar Tripathi 

Casting Director

Gopal Dey 

Director of Photography

Michael McSweeney & David Huwiler

First Assistant Director

Abbas Khan

Production Head

Surinder Malhotra 

Music Director

Tajdar Junaid 

Dialogue Voiceovers

Asad Hussain 

Sound Design

Ajay Kumar PB & Akhilesh Acharya 

Costume Design

Shruti Weditwar 


Manas Mittal 

Production Design

Avyakta Kapur 

Production Company

Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt Ltd.

Chartered Accountants

Dinesh Pal & Associates


Primary Sales Contact

Sanjay Bhutiani ( )

Festivals Co-Ordinator

Ms. Fatima Hussein ( )

International/Global Sales Agents

C International Sales, United Kingdom

Marina Fuentes ( )