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Huge ovation for Hindi film Mukti Bhawan after world premiere at Venice

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NEW DELHI: A ten-minute standing ovation greeted the Hindi film ‘Mukti Bhawan’ (Hotel Salvation) by Shubhashish Bhutiani which had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on 2 September.

This is the second film by Bhutiani who earlier received the Orizzonti Prize for Best Short Film for his short ‘Kush’.

The Festival is being held from 31 August to 10 September 2016 and this film was scheduled for three public and delegate screenings on 2 and 3 September 2016 apart from one web streaming.

The 103-minute film stars Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, and Anil K Rastogi.

Bhutiani was in Venice along with producer Sanjay Bhutiani and actor Adil Hussain, who is still in Venice.

When a 77 year old man, Daya, wakes up from a strange nightmare, 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/Hotel Salvation. Rajiv finds himself having to live and take care of his father for the first time in his life. But he finds himself torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

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