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Revisiting Movies: ‘Ustadh Hotel’ depicts the purpose of human life

A still from Ustadh Hotel

While surfing on TV a couple of years ago, I bumped into the film Ustadh Hotel’s this scene wherein chef Narayanan (Jaya Prakash) talks about the “Purpose of his Life” in a conversation with Faizal (Dulquer Salmaan) and I was directly glued to this scene where he shares his story from being a renowned chef to discovering the true purpose of his life as he serves his life providing food for the needy and underprivileged people.

This whole scene got me excited to watch the film and I was stunned with the quality filmmaking and storytelling that goes within the Regional Cinema of India and the fact is that these films remain blocked between the state borders. To simply understand the plot it goes as Faizal due to some circumstances joins his grandfather Kareem (Thilakan) who is running a small eatery/ cafeteria on the Kozhikode Beach and it’s named Ustadh Hotel. This movie drives Faizal’s story as he gets a real-life experience and the ground reality connected across our central plot “Food”.

A scene from Ustadh Hotel

Wonderful writing and a good concept make this film more beautiful as the characters are developed very well throughout the whole story. And while the flow of the story seems to take you to an expected ending, the turn it takes highlighting the main aim of the film is supremely brilliant. A story that appeals to each kind of audience be it elderly ones or the youths. The subtle way of storytelling just makes it more real and perfect. It proves Hitchcock’s saying which goes as, “To make a great film, you need three things: Good Script, Good Script…,” as it is the soul of the film.

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