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Hostel (2011)

An Engineering student is molested, beaten and humiliated when he goes to reside in a hostel.


Manish Gupta


Manish Gupta, Virag Mishra (lyrics)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vatsal Sheth ... Karan (as Vatsal Seth)
Tulip Joshi ... Payal
Mukesh Tiwari ... Feroz
Nagesh Bhonsle ... Warden Sharad Saxena
Chandrachur Karnik Chandrachur Karnik ... Peon Shantaram
Subeer Goswamin Subeer Goswamin ... Vishnu Pandey
Ramesh Chandane Ramesh Chandane ... Nilesh
Nirmal Soni Nirmal Soni ... Bobby
Vinamra Pancharia Vinamra Pancharia ... Pawan Mehta
Yusuf Hussain Yusuf Hussain ... Dean Sharma
Aarif Sheikh Aarif Sheikh ... Akshay
Gufi Paintal ... Karan's uncle
Vikram Kumar Vikram Kumar ... Karan's Friend
Ulhas Tayade Ulhas Tayade ... Feroz's friend 1
Sameer Kulkarni Sameer Kulkarni ... Feroz's friend 2


After the passing of his parents, Karan resides with his Mumbai-based Chacha, who lives a middle-classed existence with his wife and 2 children. An Engineering student, Karan enrolls himself in Satara's Jaigarh University and gets a room in a hostel. Upon his arrival itself he is subjected to extortion by a male named Akshay and dozens of senior-year males. When he resists, he is beaten and taken before their ring-leader, Feroz, who has deliberately been unsuccessful in his exams so that he can continue to live a lush life, is politically well-connected, and is expected to stand for local elections, and beaten even more in the presence of the hostel Warden, Sharad Saxena. He is unable to focus on his studies due to frequent beatings and public humiliations. He finds romance in the company of gorgeous Payal & moral support from fellow-victims, Vishnu Pandey, Bobby, and Nilesh. After a physical confrontation with Akshay, Feroz decides to leave Karan alone but continues ragging others ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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21 January 2011 (India) See more »

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A Shocking Eye-Opener
9 August 2013 | by anonymiliSee all my reviews

Hostel is the story of Karan who starts his 4 year engineering degree moving into a hostel. Within hours of arriving at the hostel he finds out that life at college is not going to be what he imagined as there are a group of guys who extort money from younger students, bully and harass them at all opportunities, even to the extent of stripping them naked, parading them in front of other students (male and female) on college grounds and even worse, in some cases molesting and raping them. Karan tries to stand up for himself but this makes things worse and eventually he realises he has no choice but to keep quiet. When his best friends from the first year start getting involved in the bullying of younger students in the seconds year, does Karan get involved or just concentrate on his studies? Can anyone get through college without some form of abuse? This is a real eye-opener of a film if you've never lived on college accommodation. It's shocking and distasteful but sadly based on reality which is the saddest thing. This is not your typical feel good Bollywood film and many will find it very disturbing.

Vatsal Sheth as Karan is superb in the role, he looks the part, innocent and "pretty" - the perfect target for disgusting bullies. Tulip Joshi as Payal, Karan's love interest, doesn't have a lot of screen time but she performs well and this is not a love story - although their scenes provide some life relief from all the violence and humiliation endured by young students.

Mukesh Tiwari is suitably sinister as Feroz bhai, the main gang leader, who it seems will stop at nothing to show he's top man.

The side actors were nothing of note but the story overall was shocking and this viewer feels the film should be compulsory viewing to all deans and principals of further education institutions in India to make sure they are aware of what's going on under their noses! Watch this if you have the stomach for it. I didn't enjoy it but I'm glad I watched it.

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