Release Date: 13th April, 2018
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
Writer/Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producer/s: Shoojit Sircar
October Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao, Sahil Vedoliyaa.
Director: Shoojit Sircar
What’s Good: When you’ve Shoojit Sircar directing a film that’s written by Juhi Chaturvedi starring Varun Dhawan; the question of what’s good should be considered as invalid.
What’s Bad: This depends on who’s watching the movie, if you’re someone who can’t digest slow films then there might be pace issues for you but if you’re someone like me you’ll grace many beautiful moments.
Loo Break: Again, if you’re the former person you might get tempted to take a break but if you’re not you’ll sit throughout.
Watch or Not?: Some love stories can’t be questioned and this is one of them. So if you’ve the patience to dump the feeling of imperfection, you can watch.
October is the story of Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita Sandhu); both are hotel management students working for the same hotel. In a group of other employees, these both don’t interact much. Dan is this hooded-hunk who’s blunt and innocent possessing the qualities of a carefree teenager. Dan is disturbed with his professional life because his honesty usually lands him in trouble.
Shiuli, on other hand, is this smart junior employee who’s more focused on her career. A certain incident makes Shiuli hospitalized but her last question of “Where’s Dan?” revolves in Dan’s mind throughout. The entire story revolves around how Dan falls for this bedridden Shiuli in the quest of searching an incomplete piece to fill up this incomplete yet beautiful puzzle.
October Movie Review: Script Analysis
Written by Juhi Chaturvedi this might be the most brave attempt by her. Despite such tragic narration she keeps the proceedings light. Sometimes a writer goes deep into a story and can’t decide where to stop, this is what Juhi suffers with this story. The script of October is beautifully incomplete. The narration gets repetitive at times and explaining too much drags the plot.
There are some portions which will provoke you to ask questions but as I told above some stories should be left as they are. Justification could’ve result in losing the essence Shoojit and Juhi have maintaned. The build up could’ve been short, some situations could’ve been well polished and editing could’ve been tighter.
October Movie Review: Star Performance
Was this the same guy who swayed us away with his over-the-top performance as twins in his last film? There always come one movie in every actor’s career which sets the parameter of his versatility and October is one such movie for Varun Dhawan. His portrayal of Dan is so effortless; at times you just can’t believe this guy is acting.
More than Varun Dhawan’s performance, Dan has this so realistic traits like stammering a bit while talking which makes one believe he isn’t delivering any dialogue but speaking according to the situation. Banita Sandhu is verbally absent through the major portion of the film but she has emoted Shiuli with the required charm. Even after this, it’s yet to be seen how she manages to dodge long dialogues in her upcoming films.
October Movie Review Quicker: Starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu is Shoojit Sircar’s philosophical take on love. Not a love story but a story about love which has Varun Dhawan as Dan who is an intern at a five star hotel.
The movie starts with Dan doing various kind of works at the hotel, from welcoming the guests to doing laundry. Without revealing much Sircar keeps the character revelation of Dan under the wraps. He’s always annoyed at something or the other, but why is not known in the initial minutes of the film.
Shiuli Iyer (Banita Sandhu) is Dan’s junior in the same hotel and smarter than him. There’s not much interaction between the both and a certain incident makes Shiuli admit to the hospital. While Shiuli is in the hospital, Dan feels something is incomplete in his life. He goes multiple times to meet her coming back in a shock.
Shiuli asks “Where is Dan?” before the incident and this question stucks in Dan’s mind. The rest of the first half revolves around Dan’s convinced wait for Shiuli to get well soon.
This is the most unusual first half of any Shoojit Sircar film. It’s minimal, it’s not on-your-face but it surely builds up the excitement for the second half. Juhi Chaturvedi has gambled at huge risk penning the character of Dan. Varun Dhawan justifies each and every word written for him. His blunt yet true-to-heart portrayal of Dan is spell-bounding.
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