IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Director: Shootjit Sircar.
Synopsis: the story revolves around two young hotel management students who are interning in a hotel in Delhi. The protagonist Dan (Varun Dhavan) is left in a state of emotional turmoil after his colleague Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) ends up at the hospital. The story is about the journey he undertakes to reconcile with love and loss.
October Review: While Shoojit Sircar’s October speaks volumes without saying too much. As a film about love it just happens to about a lot more. It isn’t just a story about love though. Devoid of heavy dialogues, romantic cliché ballads or huge episodes of fanfare we are accustomed to in bollywood lovestories, the beauty of the film lies in its simplicity. Dan’s character is relatable-clumsy, simple and careless he is both cocky and blunt.
Shoojit Sarkar’s direction breathes life into an agonizingly motionless world and gives you a rare and insightful glimpse into the life of characters that transcend the expectations we have from a movie. The film is a rare reflection of real life emotions, with all its indescribable fallacies, pitfalls and humdrum.
The true beauty of the film perhaps though is woven by the writer Juhi Chaturvedi. For a long time now bollywood has resorted to stock characters and hopelessly clichéd stories. This film promises to change all that- with its light humour, flawless narrative and a screenplay that feels like music.
Every emotion in the film is profoundly expressed, and the deepest of scenes are interlaced with delicate dialogues and silences that make the whole narrative more compelling. There is a calm steadiness in Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography and the background score in this song-less movie is poignant and heart-touching.
Varun Dhawan, the hero we are accustomed to seeing shirtless and chasing after women delivers the most compelling and understated characters of his life. Banita as a debut actor plays perhaps the most difficult role for any actor to play- that of someone who cannot express what they feel.
There is a sensibility in October that transcends the Indian idea about cinema. It is a story about love that can find a home in the heart of a much larger audience. However, that which makes this film so compelling and charming may also be the exact reason some might find the film slow and dissatisfying.
Therefore, if you are going to seek entertainment, you will not find it in this film. However, if you are looking to find an experience, a compelling story to keep with you, October is one film that should be on your must-watch list.