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London, May 10, 2017: After winning accolades at the Venice Film Festival and the New York Indian Film Festival, Shubhashish Bhutianis “Hotel Salvation” — “Mukti Bhawan” in Hindi — will soon premiere in Britain.

The film, which is about a father and son trying to mend their relationship, will have its Britain premiere at BFI Southbank here as part of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival which will start from June 22 and go on till June 29. The film will be screened on June 27.

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It will open in cinemas in Britain in late summer and will also be a centre of attraction at the BFI Southbank film season, running from April till December.

According to the official BFI site, the India on Film is part of UK/India 2017, a major cultural celebration between the two countries in collaboration with the British Council.

The deal was negotiated by Julie Pearce, Head of BFI Distribution, and Marina Fuentes, Director of International Sales & Acquisitions at Cinestaan International Ltd, read a statement on Wednesday.

The film brings forth the story of how a father and son reconnect when the father asks his son to go with him on his final pilgrimage to Varanasi. “Hotel Salvation” stars Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl and Geetanjali Kulkarni.

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Bhutiani is thrilled at the Britain release.

“We couldn’t have asked for more, and after such warm responses from all around the world and in India, I can’t wait to see how the audience in the UK reacts to the film,” Bhutiani said.

The film won the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni at last year’s Venice Film Festival. It also won Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival, and a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards.

Pearce feels that the film “will strongly appeal to UK audiences” and praised the director saying that “he is part of the current new wave of fresh and exciting young Indian directors and is, without doubt, a talent to watch”. (IANS)

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  • N.Anand Rao

    Noted Kannada Director P. Sheshadri had already made a movie – VIMUKTI- in Kannada based on the Mukti Bhavan long back. It had already won lot of awards too.

  • vedika kakar

    Yes!! THIS IS SUCH A MEGA HUGE BOOST TO INDIA!

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Mahalaya
Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC