October Review

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Plotline: –

Danish aka Dan (Varun Dhawan) is a Hotel Management student who is training in a 5-star-hotel. One day one of his co-workers, Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) accidentally falls from the third floor of the Hotel and gets severely injured. As she’s rushed to the hospital, she enters into a vegetative state. Dan, who wasn’t on the spot during the incident happens to learn that before falling down, she had asked about his whereabouts.

Why did Shiuli enquire about Dan? What will be Dan’s consequent action? Can Shiuli be recovered from her current pathetic state and will she be able to lead a normal life again?

Positive Points: –

  • Far away from the world of commercial cinema, there exists a place where these exquisite real-to-the-world movies are made. October is a product from such a place.
  • Shantanu Moitra’s haunting background score which in my opinion is the best element in the entire feature.
  • The performances of every actor irrespective of what they play and how long you see them.
  • All throughout the meandering events of the plot are light showers of emotions which render this intensely dark film endearing.
  • Shoorjit Sircar’s masterful direction and Juhi Chaturvedi’s matured writing.

Negative Points: –

  • Movies like October are always plagued by their slow pace which (sadly) prevents them from gaining universal appreciation.
  • There are certain events in the film which make you question their credibility. But all I can recommend you is to ignore them and help yourself in connecting with the sentiments of the movie as well as its characters in order to like it.

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –

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Shoorjit Sircar is a genius and I’m yet to see him make a film that’s overall bad. Movies like October are always tricky and their altogether likeliness depends strongly upon their direction and performances, and I’m glad to state that October effortlessly shines in both these departments. Sircar has presented the simplicity of the story with elegant artistic details which in turn helps in building the connection with the viewers. Screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi, who is a regular collaborator with Sircar, has magnificently crafted an exceedingly matured script (interestingly) with an immature protagonist. The light-hearted tone that she has imparted to an intense story without watering down its emotional richness is exemplary. Yes, there are questions which can be raised regarding a few plot points, character build ups and all, yet October rises much above these factors of cinematic scrutiny and the credit goes largely to Sircar and Chaturvedi.

On the technical side, Chandrashekhar Prajapati’s editing lacked smoothness and a few cuts seemed too abrupt. Avik Mukhopadhyay does a fine job with the cinematography. Although the official soundtrack of October was melodious, none of the songs has been used in it and honestly, they weren’t required to, thanks to Shantanu Moitra’s exceptionally beautiful score. I gotta admit that the real connection that the viewer builds up with the film can be hugely credited to its score and Moitra’s contribution to the film is the best of all. Its theme music still rings in my ears.

Performances: –

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It’s great to see Varun Dhawan come out of his over-the-top acts and deliver such a character with extreme seriousness. He seems to have taken his own potential as an actor seriously and the result can be seen in his spectacular performance in October as he leads the narrative for the complete runtime. This act makes him a strong contender for the Critics Choice for Best Actor awards in the 2019 award season.

Banita Sandhu might not have given much vocal contribution to the flick but she impresses with her emotional deliverance of an intricately written character like Shiuli. Even her recovery as a patient has been shown wonderfully and realistically which has given her more chances to showcase various dimensions of her otherwise vegetative character.

Gitanjali Rao as Shiuli’s mother also performs sublimely. Other actors like Sahil Vedoliya, Prashant Singh, Ashish Ghosh and the girl who plays the character of Shiuli’s best friend (my apologies for not being able to find her name) have done justice to their respective characters.

Final Verdict: –

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If you can’t stand slow-paced movies which demand matured outlook, October is not the film you’re looking for. For the rest, it’s an exceptionally well-made film which doesn’t ruin its own beauty by unnecessary commercial addendums. It’s an unusual love story which will definitely hit the chords of your heart and what’s even more beautiful about October is that it’s intrinsically complete in spite of its overt incompleteness.

RATING: 4/5

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