• Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    This Vir Das, Soha Ali Khan film has nothing – neither narrative nor engaging characters—on offer.

  • Divya Pal
    Divya Pal


    While the film manages to capture the unabated violence convincingly, and the efforts that stranded Sikh families to save their lives and a few Hindu families extending help, the impact doesn’t come across too strongly. So you might find the sequences of violence and barbarity leaving you a bit disturbed, but it gets forgotten with the next sequence that follows.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    31st October is an important film, especially when many have gone scot-free in the anti-Sikh riots cases even after so many years. It’s going to be 32 years in 10 days.
    As they say, justice delayed is justice denied.

  • Arnab Banerjee
    Arnab Banerjee
    Deccan Chronicle


    As a film, 31st October should have served to encourage a sobering sense of responsibility, a more truthful perspective on our identities — both individual and national — and a stronger tendency toward restraint in those who might find violence appealing. And justifying.  There was a goldmine of rich material here, but there is nothing explored of the dark subject matter in this story.

  • Vir Das does touch an emotional chord or two as the father of Sikh boys, who has to make a decision between staking their lives at the cost of their religious identities.

    Given these limitations, 31st October could be a one-time watch.

  • Its theme is of pressing relevance. Yet, 31st October doesn’t leave a lasting impression. It isn’t half the film it could, and should, have been.

  • Nihit Bhave
    Nihit Bhave
    Times Of India


    To its credit, the movie is only 102 minutes long, and you can see a sense of honesty in it. But the final product is underwhelming and looks like a small-scale remake of the Hollywood film franchise, The Purge (innocent people running scared on the streets, dodging murderous mobs).

  • Bryan Durham
    Bryan Durham
    DNA India


    We all know what happened on that date in 1984. It tells you nothing you don’t already know – the villains, the victims et el. It neither serves as a grim yet unforgettable reminder of the day some men became monsters or offers hope that history won’t repeat itself. As a film goes, it makes you feel nothing. And that’s just sad.

  • 31st October fails to engage you at any level, least of all emotionally.

  • Devarsi Ghosh
    Devarsi Ghosh
    India Today


    A note of appreciation for Vir Das. The comedian holds his own as a likable sardar and father of two really annoying kids who should be nominated for Ghanta Awards for Annoying Children. In the future, 31st October will serve as his show-reel to directors who might want to cast him in ‘serious roles’. Soha Ali Khan, who plays Vir’s wife, sleepwalks through the entire film just like the other actors.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    The only redeeming factor of the film is its political stance. The movie genuinely tries to depict the suffering  of a community and the death toll that occurred on that fateful day. Anyone watching  this film will have to settle for its intentions alone. Everything else in this melodramatic overdose is genuinely embarrassing.

  • Vishal Verma
    Vishal Verma


    31st OCTOBER could have been the opportunity by the national award winning helmer Shivaji Lotan Patil to make a strong and powerful statement on screen.

    Unfortunately the movie ends up as a sensationally forced recall of the 1984 horror that has a feeling in its heart but fails to convincingly put it on screen.

  • ‘31st October’ is why fledgling inept filmmakers should stay away from history-invoking true stories, else such heinous acts might well be wiped out from the collective conscience for want of a skilled and able raconteur!

  • Apart from the fact that actors styled to resemble Congress politicians H.K.L. Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are shown engineering the riots, there is little worth noting in this film.

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    The story of the Sikh pogrom after the Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was assassinated (31st October, 1984) has been well documented and accepted as something where no justice can be truly offered. But when a film attempts to dramatise the events in an amateurish way, the heart-wrenching awfulness of those events is lost. The audience feels no empathy in the fake emotions and the graphic blood and gore fails too.

  • BookMyShow Team
    BookMyShow Team


    This film takes you back to 1984 and shows you what happened after the assassination of the Prime Minister in a less gory way. Some of you may be able to relate to the incidents, while for others, it will be an enlightening walk back through history.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    There’s nothing nuanced or new in this film about one of the worst pogroms of our times: the anti-Sikh riots of 1984

  • The anti-Sikh riots in Delhi following Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 needed better writing, acting and nearly everything else.

  • Jyotsna Basotia
    Jyotsna Basotia


    The film could have left a lasting impression, but it loses the golden opportunity to climb up the ladder due to a few missteps.