The much acclaimed Mukti Bhawan is releasing on 14 April, 2017 in India. The film has been written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and produced by Sanjay Bhutiani and Sajida Sharma under their banner Red Carpet Moving Pictures.
The film follows the story of a reluctant son who must take his father to the holy city of Varanasi, where his father believes he will breathe his last and attain salvation. And so the two check into Mukti Bhawan, a hotel dedicated to the people with the same beliefs, where the guests are expected to either die in 15 days or leave. The lead cast includes Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl and Anil K Rastogi. Mukti Bhawan had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016 to a 10 minute standing ovation and received the UNESCO Award. The film has been traveling the International Film Festivals globally like BIFF 2016-Busan, DIFF 2016 – Dubai, Gotenborg -Sweden, Vesoul-France and many more being announced soon.
Hollywood Reporter said, “Mukti Bhawan is an enjoyable, thoughtful comedy about dying, freedom and family.” Gulf News says, “It is a light hearted film that will make you call home and say hello”. Rajeev Masand tweeted “ Director Shubhashish Bhutiani,’s sharp, perceptive, meditation on ageing, death & family, top acting by Adil and Lalit Behl.
The background music is scored by Tajdar Junaid , dialogue writer Asad Hussain, cinematographers Mike Mcsweeney and David Huwiler, editor Manas Mittal , production designer Avyakta Kapur, executive producer Dina Dattani and associate producers Shiv Om Visuals Pvt Ltd, Rajkumar Menda and Pravesh Sippy. Mukti Bhawan is Shubhashish Bhutiani’s first feature film, after he made his debut with the short film ‘Kush’, which won the Best Short at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, and got shortlisted by the Academy for the Oscars in 2014. It went on to receive the National Award the same year and won a further 25 international awards worldwide.