The next film in the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) online programme for Spring 2021 will be a festival favourite ‘Hotel Salvation’, screening on its Love LIFF At Home online platform on Sunday, April 25.
When Rajiv is forced to drop everything in order to accommodate his father’s last and bizarre wish to travel to Varanasi to attain salvation, they are forced to re-engage with each other and the world around them in this award-winning, heart-warming comedy, screening to UK audiences this weekend as the continues to screen upbeat movies on the last Sunday of each month, ahead of the June festival in cinemas in London, Birmingham, Manchester, with online UK-wide offerings.
‘Hotel Salvation’, also known as ‘Mukti Bhavan’ has been described as a gentle charmer focussing on 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar, played by Lalit Behl, who has an ominous dream convincing him that his end is near. He takes the news to his dutiful son, Rajiv played by the critically-acclaimed Adil Hussain, who is left with no choice but to make the journey with his stubborn father, so that he can take his last breath in the holy city of Varanasi and end his cycle of rebirth by attaining salvation.
A strong supporting cast includes Geetanjali Kulkarni, who plays Rajiv’s wife, Palomi Ghosh playing their grownup daughter Sunita and Navnindra Behl as Vimla, a widow and long-term resident of the hotel who forms a friendship with Daya.
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“After a challenging few months, we are bringing some much needed uplifting entertainment and as always our quality films offer fresh views of India and South Asia," said , Executive & Programming Director of LIFF.
An added bonus on the LIFF At Home platform, which is viewable globally, is a Q&A with Shubhashish Bhutiani, whose directorial debut bagged him the Indian National Film Award – Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards.
Films will continue on the online platform till the end of May, with an option to catch up on Q&As of previous screenings. The LIFF programme is supported by Film Hub London (managed by Film London), Film Hub Midlands and Film Hub North, partners of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
Major partners of the include the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI).
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