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"A Venice Biennale film...."
This beautifully rendered Indian arthouse film, the debut of young director Shubhashish Bhutiani, enacts a subtle family comedy-drama that anyone who has spent time with an ageing parent could relate to easily.
One day, Rajiv announces that, like an elephant, he senses that his time has come and he insists on travelling to Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, where he would like to spend his last days. Conveniently enough, there is a hotel designed for just this purpose, but guests can only stay for 15 days at a time: if you fail to die, you must reregister under a different name. Dutiful if begrudging Rajiv travels with his father, and as the days waiting for death turn into weeks, the two men tentatively begin to air their grudges and grievances.
Bhutiani and his cast have a delicacy of touch and there's a dreamy, trippy quality to the hazy cinematography and hypnotic music that makes you feel like you may have drunk one of the marijuana-laced lassis that feature in the storyline.
In Hindi with English subtitles.
Running Time : 100min.