Shubhashish Bhutiani's Mukti Bhawan World Premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016 to a 10 minute standing ovation

On Friday, March 31, the MAMI year round programme screened the acclaimed film Mukti Bhawan. Mukti Bhawan that had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, has since been showcased at the Busan International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival.

Mukti Bhawan is 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. In the city, the two check into Mukti Bhawan, a hotel that is dedicated to people who are all waiting to die. The only stipulation is that they do so in 15 days or check out.

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Still from Mukti Bhawan

The film is written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and produced by Sanjay Bhutiani, Sajida Sharma and Shubhashish Bhutiani under the banner Red Carpet Moving Pictures.

The lead cast includes Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl and Anil K Rastogi.

The house full screening was attended by film lovers and personalities such as MAMI Chairperson Kiran Rao, Randeep Hooda, Patralekha, Atul Kulkarni, Tisca Chopra, Tanishaa Mukerji, Alankrita Shrivastava, Kanu Behl and the cast of the movie Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain and Geetanjali Kulkarni as well as director Shubhashish Bhutiani & producer Sanjay Bhutiani.

The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the cast, crew and director which was moderated by Alankrita Shrivastava (Director, Lipstick Under My Burkha).

Kiran Rao, MAMI Chairperson, at the India Premiere of Mukti Bhawan

Smriti Kiran, Creative Director, Mumbai Film Festival said, “Shubhashish is a strong new cinematic voice and we are delighted that we are hosting the India premiere of his first feature Mukti Bhawan. MAMI’s year round programme that is gaining ground every week is our big ambition this year for film lovers in this city. MAMI will continue to bring stellar films to audiences in the city. We will be releasing our April calendar soon with a host of exciting films.”

Director Shubhashish said, “Exactly on this day, one year ago, we finished shooting Mukti Bhawan and today is the premiere of our film with the support of MAMI.  I am really glad that it is being watched by industry folks and film lovers together.”

The film will release in theatres on 7th April 2017.