Featured image for “Hotel Salvation”
Shown: January 21, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Shubhashish Bhutiani

Country : India

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 99 mins

Language : Hindi

Subtitles : Yes

When 77-year-old Daya, wakes up from a strange dream, he knows his time is up and he must get to Varanasi immediately in hope of dying there to attain salvation. His dutiful son, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, leaving behind his wife and daughter. The two of them check into Mukti Bhawan, a hotel devoted to people hoping to spend their last days by the banks of the Ganges. Rajiv finds himself having to take care of his father for the first time in his life. While Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, Daya starts to bloom as he finds a sense of community in the hotel, and a companion in the 75-year old Vimla. As the days go by and Daya shows no sign of dying, Rajiv is faced with the dilemma of whether to remain there with his father or fulfil his duty back home.

Quietly profound, very moving, very engaging and made me feel like I was in a kind of magical bubble and, when cinema works at its best, that’s what it does.” (Mark Kermode)