Hotel Salvation

Hotel Salvation

Hotel Salvation

An old man drags his busy son to Varanasi so that he may die and attain salvation there in a comedy about death that, at heart, is a delightful, poignant celebration of life. Shubhashish Bhutiani's debut feature.

"Daya Kumar (Lalit Behl) believes that his end is near, so he tells his family that he wishes to die in the holy city of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges. The stubborn old man drags along his reluctant adult son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) and they check into the Hotel Salvation, where people come to die. But once there, Daya gets his lust for life back, making new friends with the other "dying" residents. Daya and Rajiv are forced to reconnect – both to each other and to the world around them." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Prize for the film that best represents the values of peace and human rights, 2016 Venice Film Festival
2016102 minsIndiaHindi with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

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Hotel Salvation / Reviews

Total Film

Total Film

Kept fresh by an insouciant realism that deftly avoids exotic cliché.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Highly satisfying in many senses: audio-visually, emotionally and spiritually.

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Time Out

Time Out

A leisurely, wise and ultimately affecting meditation on the benefits of letting go...

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Financial Times

Financial Times

The film has feeling, warmth, wisdom and locations gorgeous with history.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Smart, spellbinding and achingly relatable...

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The Times

The Times

A dextrous Indian drama... replete with wry humour, cheeky visual gags and an obsession with the paradox of celebrating life on the edge of death.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This highly impressive debut considers mortality with a wry compassion that's rare for such a young director.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

The filmmakers make the most of a tiny budget here.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An enjoyable, thoughtful comedy about dying, freedom and family ties.

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