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  • ...is a small, spry, sublimely beguiling essay that bears the weight of its solemn theme without the faintest hint of a stumble. If there is only one film that you want to see this week, this month, this year - or this lifetime - let it be this one.

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  • Somewhere in the middle of this beautiful, meditative film comes the greatest lesson of all: that a perfect, poetic goodbye doesn't have to wait for the end.

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  • ...is a rare piece of art that is both humorous and tragic plus it is unique in holding Indian belief into a cinema that not only capture the eye but lightly massages your soul as well.

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  • It makes you laugh, and cry, and think and question. It’s what good cinema and storytelling are meant to do.

    79

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  • ... discards volubility for quieter storytelling or oversaturating its protagonists in quirk. Instead, Bhutiani juggles emotion and practicality to skilfully extract real, relatable humour out of ordinary circumstances.

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  • Beautifully shot and although languidly paced, Bhutiani delivers an evocative drama that has surely got to be one the best films you’ll see this year.

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  • All in all I would say, don't miss this one for anything!

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  • It’s no easy task dealing with the inevitability of death, with the subject of losing a parent and balancing that with humour, warmth and gratitude. This is the most significant achievement of Bhutiani’s debut feature.

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  • The plot is too skimpy and with its languid pacing, the movie eventually seems a bit indulgent. The filmmaker’s exposure to slow, contemplative festival films becomes apparent. But the unassuming characters and the humour make it a delightful watch.

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  • Those hopeful for a rib-tickling comedy will be disappointed. This one is sharp, subtle and subliminally draws humour from misery.

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  • ...is brilliant, funny, life affirming tale about death, which is supported by a superb script and a flawless cast.

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  • There’s much to like about Mutki Bhawan. It brings to us themes which are either ignored or dealt with in our cinema with mawkishness and heavy sentimentality.

    69

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  • Watch this life affirming film about death because the cast is great, the humor is omnipresent and you will come away with your heart in your hand and tears in your eyes.

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  • The astute casting and spare writing give the actors enough space to disappear into their roles.

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  • Watch Mukti Bhawan for its beautiful thought and outstanding performances but if a pot boiler is on your mind this weekend then happily skip this one.

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  • It’s all about death yet a steady strain of humour makes the film whimsical than morbid. Like life there is no clear compartmentalisation between pleasure and pain, happiness and grief, celebration and mourning.

    59

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  • ...find more gentle humour than morbidity in the subject.

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  • 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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  • ...is not a full-course meal but an unplanned assortment of mostly well-made dishes.

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  • So in spite of its beauty, this is a morbid film which depresses, to a much greater degree than it enlightens.

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