Hostel (2011 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Manish Gupta|
|Produced by||Vicky Tejwani
|Story by||Manish Gupta|
|Music by||Virag Mishra|
|Edited by||Sanjib Datta|
|Distributed by||Matrix Media|
Hostel is a 2011 Bollywood movie by Manish Gupta. The film explores the psychology of ragging (hazing/initiation) and its disastrous effects on a student’s psyche. It was directed by writer-director Manish Gupta who scripted Sarkar (2005) and directed The Stoneman Murders (2009).
One night at the boys' hostel at Jaigarh University, a senior student Feroz (Mukesh Tiwari) and his goons harass freshman geek Vishnu Pandey (Subeer Goswamin), stripping him down, molesting him and forcing him to act like a dog. His cries for help fall on deaf ears. Karan (Vatsal Sheth), an engineering freshman, arrives at the hostel. He meets Vishnu, Nilesh (Ramesh Chandane) and Bobby (Nirmal Soni) and befriends them. That evening, Akshay, a gang leader, takes Karan to Feroz. Feroz asks Karan to drink a glass of his urine and throws it at Karan's face when he refuses.
Feroz and his goons later ask Karan to do a striptease. When he refuses, they drag him out to the field and strip him naked in front of everyone. At the library, Karan breaks down crying as he recalls his humiliation. Science student Payal (Tulip Joshi) asks if he's okay and they become friends. Feroz's sadistic activities escalate and he starts selling drugs to students. Meanwhile, Karan and Payal fall in love.
Once, when Karan is with Payal, Karan is called by one of the goons for ragging. Karan refuses, so Akshay comes to him with a mini-gang of five. They instigate Karan by trying to harass Payal. Karan retaliates and ends up beating them all, particularly Akshay. Feroz asks Akshay to take help from a Gangster of his contact. When the gangster arrives with his goons Karan explains and convinces him that Feroz is using them. The gangster then tells Karan to contact him if he needs help. After this damage caused to his reputation by Akshay, Feroz expels Akshay from the gang and threatens him to leave hostel within 24 hours. Feroz offers Karan Akshay's place but is declined. He tells Karan that they will no longer bother him as long as he minds his own business. Over the year he and his goons torture freshman who bear it without resistance while some leave.
After a year, a new freshman, Pawan (Vinamra) arrives. In his room, he finds the goons, with Vishnu, Nilesh and Bobby, who are now part of Feroz's gang. One night, Feroz brings a prostitute to the hostel and asks Pawan to have unprotected sex with her to be witnessed by the entire gang and the warden. Karan interferes, saving Pawan. He helps Pawan study for an exam while Feroz and his gang watch porn. When Karan leaves, Feroz and the gang, intoxicated and aroused, enters Pawan's room and rape him.
A pantless Pawan hangs himself from the ceiling fan with blood dripping down his legs, suggesting he was sodomized. The reluctant dean, under pressure from the trustees, blames the suicide on Pawan's psychological problems. Feroz warns Karan not to go to the press or he will rape Payal like he raped Pawan. Karan breaks up with Payal. After that Karan procures a gun presumably from the gangster. That night, Karan locks all the hostel gates and goes to Feroz's room and shoots Vishnu, Bobby, Nilesh and the warden three times each. He ensues in a fight with Feroz and his goons. Once he is holding the upper hand, he shoots Feroz nine times, despite the dean pleading him not to as it will ruin his life and ends their reign of terror over the hostel.
On the topic of Mukesh Tiwari being a bit too old to be a cast as a college student, Manish Gupta responds "Mukesh Tiwari has been cast on purpose due to his age. He is shown to be a guy who’s been failing for years together in order to remain in the university. He has a political agenda for being in the university. Using his clout as a student leader, he is attempting to enter state politics. The most shocking part is that guys like Mukesh Tiwari exist in real life. Each character in the film and each scene has been derived from heavy research and therefore has a base in reality."
Respondents validate the director's comments about the harsh realities:
Ajitesh Pathak says "Innumberable examples of the Mukesh Tiwari character can be found in Kashi Vidyapeeth University in Banaras. How do you think leaders like Lalloo and Nitish Bhardwaj started their political journey. It was in University, where they just either keep failing or keep enrolling themselves in courses. People as old as 45 years old are still students. Excellent topic, Manish. I know there will be comparisons with Haasil and Gulaal, because of the premises of the subject, but I hope people see it as an entirely different subject, as it is truly unique."
Srikanth adds "People like these do exist in real life. Osmania university, Hyderabad is one such place where a lot of students do one degree after another or they keep failing for number of years in order to stay at university."
The music is composed by Virag Mishra. Lyrics are penned by Virag Mishra.
|1.||"Bandagi Ko Tu Bandagi"||Virag Mishra||Virag Mishra||5:51|
|2.||"Hauslaah I Wanna Live Once More"||Virag Mishra||Shibani Kashyap, Rana Mazumdar||5:55|
|3.||"Rishta Bano Humdam Bano"||Virag Mishra||Monali, Raaj||4:17|
|4.||"Heer Doli Le Chal - Electronic"||Virag Mishra||Brijesh Shandilya||3:29|
|5.||"Heer Doli Le Chal - Unplugged"||Virag Mishra||Brijesh Shandilya, Sasha||3:26|
|6.||"Rishta Bano Humdam Bano - Unplugged"||Virag Mishra||Monali, Raaj||3:56|
|7.||"Bandagi Ko Tu Bandagi - Remix"||Virag Mishra||Rana Mazumdar, Shibani Kashyap||6:05|
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- "Hostel, a film on horrors of ragging". Daily News and Analysis. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- Hostel discussion forum Passion for Cinema
- Passion for Cinema