Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
Daya, an autocratic elderly father decides to make his final journey and find salvation in the holy city of Varanasi accompanied by his son Rajiv, who is forced to take time out to be with his parent in his last days. Their story, laced with dark humour, describes the tragicomic ordeal of a typically work-stressed, time-obsessed modern son, (his boss: “You can attain salvation anywhere, don’t forget your targets!”) while Daya immediately settles in at Hotel Salvation, making friends with a delightful widow. The outcome is never a foregone conclusion … with elements that bring to mind the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, Bhutiani’s exotic view is embedded in Indian culture and Hindu rituals.
India 2016 – Hindi with subtitles – directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani – with Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni – 102 min
The film humorously and surreptitiously illustrates the traditional Hindi philosophy of death and freedom from entrapment and attachment – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
An Indian comedy full of emotional depth and understated paradox – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The film’s appeal is, like an arthouse take on the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, that it treats aging and death with sympathy and dignity, shot through with eccentric humour – SCREEN DAILY
Though the acting is low-key, it’s full of warmth and tenderness that involves the audience in the shared joy, worry and grief of an identifiable family – BFI