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: Direction, Music
The mind, who has executed movies like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe and Piku, could only be expected to do something different with each of his films. This time he has tried to explore a shade of love which was yet untouched in a industry that produces over 1900 films per year. He has tried to infuse too many metaphors and a lot of subtexts in the film which would connect with a certain section of audience.
Shantanu Moitra’s background score is the brightest color of this abstract painting. It is a song-less film and the entire film has been carried by the background score itself. The songs could’ve created disruption and it’s good makers decided to skip them.
October Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, go and watch October for Varun Dhawan. He has expanded his range of versatility with this one and Shoojit Sircar has managed to rip out a shade of him which was never seen before.
October Movie Trailer
October Movie releases on 13th April, 2018.
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