There is a moment in every relationship where you arrive at this point where you “know” if this is going to be “the one”- That is, unless this moment never arrives.
October,- the latest feature film from director Shoojit Sircar and talented screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi is a drama film that evolves around these moments of knowing, not knowing, thinking you know and not really knowing for sure that you know what you think you know.
Who really understands this thing we call love? Its only you who can and definitely not the people around you.
There is a sudden stab of anxiety at the point where most romcoms begin their semi-intentional slide away from irony.
Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita) are students of hotel management is an intern at a luxury hotel in Delhi along with other batch mates. Dan and Shuila are more of an acquaintance than friends. One day, a tragic incident occurs at the hotel where Shiuli accidentally loses balance and falls from 30th feet. Due to this Shiuli lands up at the hospital and suffers from Coma.
This affects Dan far deeply than others and thereon, he embarks on an emotional journey where he seeks answers and falls in love with Shuili.
Banita’s character was named after the Shuili flower – Shiuli flowers are said to have a short life but their lilting fragrance has an everlasting quality, much like fragile love.
It’s a stranger-than-fiction date movie of enormous charm and sweetness, which plunges you into a deliberate seriousness after the setup.
Shoojit Sircar’s October shows us the everyday life of working in the hospitality industry: the daily Bathroom cleaning, floor cleaning, ever-increasing laundry piles, hectic shifts etc. I have so much respect for the Hospitality industry folks ..Salute them…it’s a tough job.
It’s not a story crafted with soulful dialogues, romantic songs and flashbacks etc. The beauty lies in the simplicity of it all…It looks so real indeed.
Shoojit Sircar makes every scene look real and genuine.
The film is not slow but tends to unfold at a leisurely pace, but never lacks soul or gets out of track.
At times, you forget that you are watching a movie; instead, you become a silent spectator to the lives of all the characters in the film.
Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography sets the frames in a very realistic manner and a charm that is inescapable.
The background score by Shantanu Moitra beautifully adds mood to the drama.
Varun Dhawan is top notch and had done a swell job as Dan unlike his other flicks. Varun is undoubtedly one of the most talented actors we have in our country.
Banita Sandhu is impressive and beautiful. one of the best debuts this year. She doesn’t have much dialogues though but her eyes and smile speak volumes.
Other performances by the beautiful Geetanjali Rao and the other cast members deserve a special mention.
Overall, October might not be for everyone, especially those who love regular Bollywood’s high voltage action and drama but if you are looking for something different, unconventional then please go ahead an watch October.
I simply loved the film and highly recommend it .