HO­TEL SALVATION

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - dp

OUT 25 Au­gust / CERT pg / 102 mins di­rec­tor Shub­hashish Bhutiani cast Adil Hus­sain, Lalit Behl, Gee­tan­jali Kulka­rni, Palomi Ghosh THE HOLY GANGES city of Varanasi is full of room­ing houses where the faith­ful go to die and 25-year-old Shub­hashish Bhutiani makes an im­pres­sive di­rec­to­rial de­but in fol­low­ing an ail­ing sev­en­tysome­thing and his strait-laced ac­coun­tant son on a farewell pil­grim­age. Touch­ing on a range of so­cial is­sues with­out lec­tur­ing and lac­ing the gen­tly me­an­der­ing ac­tion with mo­ments of off­beat hu­mour and warm in­ti­macy, Bhutiani deftly cap­tures the at­mos­phere of the set­ting and the emo­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by Ra­jiv (Hus­sain), as he cops flack from his wife, daugh­ter and boss in try­ing to do the right thing by the mirac­u­lously re­ju­ve­nated and of­ten un­ap­pre­cia­tive fa­ther (Behl). A sim­ple story beau­ti­fully told.

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