Mukti Bhawan Reviews External Critics

Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (4/5)

Beautiful. The art of dying gracefully and knowing your near and dear ones the most when you are going to 'stay forever'.. MUKTI BHAWAN (HOTEL SALVATION - English title) is heart warming, funny, gentle and a rare take on life and relationship by the 25-years-old young helmer Shubhashish Bhutiani (his previous live-action short-film KUCH was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2013).

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (4.5/5)

Ageing and mortality lie at the heart of the achingly tender Mukti Bhawan. But, more than anything else, this subtly comic and profoundly wise film celebrates life and its complex truths and revelations. As it glides seamlessly between intimations of death and the pleasures - and inevitable pressures - of living, it juxtaposes its underlying humour with a deep sense of humanity. It at once breaks your heart and lifts your spirits. In the process, it casts a near-hypnotic spell, transporting the audience to a zone of consciousness of the kind that Hindi cinema rarely penetrates.

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Koimoi.com
By Surabhi Redkar (3.5/5)

Dayashankar Sharma a 77 year old retired teacher, has an ominous dream that he interprets to be a sign of his death. He is certain that his time has come and hence starts to urge his son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) to take to him to the ghats of Ganga for his final innings.After much discussion, Rajiv is left with no choice but to listen to his aging father and enroll him at Mukti Bhawan. The place houses people who are expected to die within 15 days as they are on the brink of life and death.

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Firstpost.com
By Udita Jhunjhunwala (4/5)

Seventy seven year old Daya (Lalit Behl) recounts to his family that he's been having recurring dream about his death. He decides therefore that it is time for him to move to Varanasi and prepare for his passing and impending salvation.In the passive-aggressive way that only parents and family can effectively achieve, Daya persuades his son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) to accompany him.

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Deccanchronicle.com
By Rohit Bhatnagar (3/5)

Death is a curious subject to talk about. A young director who is just 24-years-old, Shubhashish Bhutiani marked his directorial debut by making a film which highlights an interesting journey of an old man seeking death on the banks of Ganges in Benaras.Rajeev (Adil Hussain) takes his 77 year old father Daya (Lalit Behl) to Mukti Bhawan in Benaras on his multiple request. The two start living in a dingy room facing the Ganga ghat while Daya waits for his life to end and achieve Salvation.

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Hindustan Times
By Sarit Ray (4/5)

"Kitne din lagenge?" a wife asks her husband - who's about to travel to Benares with his aged father - while fervently applying moisturiser. The scene has the banality of a conversation in a middle-class Indian family.Actually, these are extraordinary circumstances. The father, Daya, a retired school teacher (Lalit Behl) has a death wish. To be more specific, he wants to check in to Mukti Bhawan, a hotel that really exists in Benares, where people check in to die, in the belief that the path out of here leads to salvation.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (4/5)

Shubhashish Bhutiani's serene yet stirring Mukti Bhawan views the world with sagacious eyes and attends to one of its most inconvenient truths with a pinch of humour and pile of wisdom. What comes forth is craftsmanship of staggering depth and sublime vision.Bhutiani's travels to Varanasi inspired him to tell the story of people, convinced of their imminent demise, lodging at an establishment exclusively designed for this.Situated on the banks of river Ganga, Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation), despite its dim, decrepit appearance, fulfills the requirement suitably.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (3.5/5)

To shuffle off mortal coils, to be free of all earthly ties, to be one with the almighty: the ancient Hindu concept of 'moksha' is sublime in its beauty and simplicity, as both philosophy and practice, to live and die by. When Dayanand Kumar (Lalit Behl) declares that this time has come, and that he wishes to check into Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi in order to prepare himself for his last journey, it leaves his family unprepared.

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Intoday.in
By Devarsi Ghosh (3/5)

What do you do when your parents grow old and become unreasonable? More than that, what do you do when you have to accompany your father in his journey to die? In Mukti Bhawan (English title: Hotel Salvation), septuagenarian Dayanand Kumar (Lalit Behl) declares to his family, one fine night, on the dinner table that he believes that his time has come and hence he would like to go to Varanasi and pass away. His son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) is perplexed but then he gives in to his father's demand and the two travel to Varanasi where they check into Mukti Bhawan.

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The Times Of India
By Nihit Bhave (3.5/5)

It is difficult to sell a story that actively deals with a topic that people instinctively refrain from. Nobody wants to think about the most undeniable part of life: death.And yet, Mukti Bhawan makes no bones about it. It's as if writer-director Shubhashish Bhutiani wants to normalize the subject for reluctant viewers. He sets his story in a lodging facility where people arrive only to depart permanently. And tells it through the dead and those waiting to die in the claustrophobic lanes of Varanasi.

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