After a prophetic dream, 77-year old Daya (Lalit Behl) announces to his family his time has come and he wishes to travel to the holy city of Varanasi to die there. The task to accompany his father falls to his dutiful son Rajiv (Adil Hussain), who is nearly overwhelmed by the stress of his job and the upcoming marriage of his daughter. In Varanasi, they check into the Hotel Salvation, where guests wait for the end of their lives. Once there though, Daya seems to be reinvigorated, and lifelong conflicts and feelings between father and son reemerge.
Following up with his 2014 Academy Award Live Action shortlist and IFFLA Audience Award winning short KUSH, director Shubhashish Bhutiani returns to IFFLA with his feature debut developed with the Biennale College Cinema project. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni as the best Venice film to represent the values of peace and human rights, HOTEL SALVATION is an at times wry, but always heartfelt, depiction of the end of a patriarchy in a city where life and death are intimately intertwined.
Q&A to follow with actor Adil Hussain
- Shubhashish Bhutiani
Shubhashish’s first directorial feature film, HOTEL SALVATION (MUKTI BHAWAN) had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. The film has been honored with the Prix “Enrico Fulchignoni” 2016 Award by UNESCO CICT. KUSH, his School of Visual Arts thesis film, 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 has won more than 25 international awards, including the prestigious National Award by the President of India. Shubhashish was also nominated for the FT / Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards 2015 for Films.