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Mukti Bhawan: Movie Review

Release Date: April 07, 2017
Cast: Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Duration: 1 hour 42 minutes      

It’s something that we all have to face one day, and yet most of us just avoid talking about it. Death is the biggest truth of our existence, but we seldom take time to think about it. May be we are often too busy living that we fail to ponder over both the dilemma and significance of death. Mukti Bhawan seeks to explore many more of these aspects of death and how it affects the lives of people, families, friends and loved ones. The movie also captures the ironic reality, where death of an elderly person brings both a sense of loss and relief.

The movie catches up on the life of Daya (Lalit Behl), a 77-year old elderly man, who can sense that his time has come and he should get ready to face it. However, being a religious person, he is looking for salvation and wants to spend his final days in the holy city of Varanasi. There’s an institution in Varanasi called Mukti Bhawan, where many people like him come to breathe their last. Daya wants to go to Mukti Bhawan and requests his son Rajiv (Adil Hussain) to take him there. Although busy in his professional career, Rajiv decides to drop everything for a couple of weeks and fulfill his father’s last wishes.

Even though Mukti Bhawan explores the topic of death, it does so with a humorous streak, which does not leave you in a grim or morose state. The movie rolls at a leisurely pace, giving you time to contemplate the finer aspects of emotions that play in a dying person’s mind and their family and loved ones. If commercial cinema has left you toxic, Mukti Bhawan might help you detoxify by allowing you to gain new perspectives on life and its eventualities.

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