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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