Mukti Bhawan - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

As refreshingly simple as is poignant, as much about death as it is about daily life, as sombre as is spirited. Mukti Bhawan seems slow yet engages.



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27 reviewers have given Mukti Bhawan an average rating of 4.7/5.0 (?)

24 yays
0 nays
3 so-so

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Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ... it was not able to take me into any meditative state thinking about DEATH... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...The patriarchal declaration—to be ignored only at the family’s own risk—is made with no peripheral support from conventional cinematic devices. ... full review

Thumbs up by Stacey Prince, BookmyShow ...Adil as Rajiv is incredible and is a stand out as a man stuck in between not wanting his father to die and wanting to get back to his work... full review

Thumbs up by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle ...The endgame, as it is played out in Mukti Bhavan, is a dance of opposites. ... full review

So-So by ROHIT BHATNAGAR, Deccan Chronicle ...Few moments between the two will make you smile and cry at the same time... full review

Thumbs up by Dev Raj Gulati , Desi Martini ...The theme,the presentation,the all round good performances uplift the film by several notches.... full review

Thumbs up by Yogesh Pawar, DNA ...Lalit Behl as the adamant geriatric who means well... full review

Thumbs up by Udita Jhunjhunwala, FirstPost ...The Venice Film Festival award winner (UNESCO Prix Enrico Fulchignoni), Mukti Bhawan — Hotel Salvation was seemingly designed to appeal to a festival audience, framing Varanasi with all its embellished exotica. ... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...It’s serene and profound- certainly a salvation for those who have been routinely sucked in by the generic fervor of the trashy Bollywood film.... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, ...Shubhashish approach is simple, grounded with wit and blended with Indian tradition and values that make an instant connect with the concern audience. - See more at: full review

Thumbs up by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times ...Mukti Bhawan is a heightened culmination of Benares, a last leap of faith for the unquestioning believer.... full review

So-So by Devarsi Ghosh, india today ...the characters become real people and not cinematic caricatures. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...a many-layered revelation: of the interplay between life and death, the see-sawing connectedness and distance between family members; and how, in a very profound, absurdist sense, all of life is a journey towards death.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Can you really tell when is it the right time to say goodbye? Can you really die at peace? The film further delves into these.... full review

Thumbs up by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...If you find the idea morbid (as I did going in) then you might be pleasantly surprised (as I was) by the film’s gently comic, highly empathetic attitude towards this strange, sad arrangement. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ... every member of the cast is near flawless... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Unintentional comedy emerges from the events that follow in Benaras... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, NDTV ...'Suddenly existential,' in fact, is a good way to describe Bhutiani's film, a film about making peace with one's life - enough to want to bid it adieu. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Pal, ...Amazing job in capturing the essence of the spiritual power of the city. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Lakhe, Now ...There is smell of death all around, and yet there is sunshine when the old people sit and joke, decorate their rooms as if it were not really imperm... full review

So-So by Ajit Duara, Open Magazine ...The result is that the movie retains an air of tranquillity, while being shorne of any dramatic conflict.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The film dips into the city’s timeless, thriving spiritual culture but doesn’t go overboard splashing its clichéd imagery of devout Hindus and showy sadhus. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nandini Ramnath, ...Their relationship is loving and respectful but also testy and resentful. ... full review

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Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Things flow seamlessly — at times extremities stay concurrent and at others overlap.... full review

Thumbs up by Stutee Ghosh, The Quint ...Nothing has been photoshopped for comfort by David Huwiler and Michael McSweeney and yet Varanasi looks nothing like what we have seen it in mainstream movies till now. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nihit Bhave, Times of India ...The plot is too skimpy and with its languid pacing, the movie eventually seems a bit indulgent.... full review