Unlike the case with Shoojit and Juhi’s previous collaborations Vicky Donor and Piku, the mood in October is decidedly somber; there’s very little to laugh about. Be warned the overwhelming sadness will take a piece out of you. If you allow it though it has the power to change the way you look at love and life.
October tells us that romance doesn’t necessarily have to play out in the metric of song-and-dance-and-high-pitched-melodrama; that it can be low-key, and unusual, can be conducted through speaking glances, rather than words.
Varun Dhawan Shines In This Exquisite Drama...Director Shoojit Sircar has made his bravest film, a poetic and emotional drama about unconditional affection
...this is the sort of film that will divide audiences – for some, it will play as painfully pretentious. For others, it will evoke a depth of emotions. I belong to the latter.
There are many wonderful moments in October, but the epiphany never quite arrives. Some will say that’s okay, that just the experience is enough. I guess I wanted more from what I found a fascinating experiment rather than a fulfilling film.
Varun Dhawan Proves His Worth In Shoojit Sircar's Poetic Lovestory...Once again it’s the story and the flow of the narrative that wins your heart. There are long pauses and silences with shots of corridors, or ground, with no activity, and in this stillness, you find the rhythm of the story. Varun Dhawan justifies himself under Shoojit Sircar's supervision in October.
Calling Varun Dhawan’s film only a love story will be injustice to its resilient tone. It’s a battle, both inter-personal and intra-personal.
October is soulful, heart wrenching and a compelling watch but with flaws here and there. If you are an ardent fan of slow weepy tales, then go for it.
October is the month when the sweet-smelling flower, known as parijat, shiuli, harsingar, night jasmine or prajakta, enters bloom. But the lesson of love and loss in Shoojit Sircar's poignant new drama is likely to linger all year long.
In love and relationships, a lot remains unsaid and undefined. What can’t find it's way into words, will find a way to flow out. Let it. The fragrant memory of Shiuli (the Bengali name for Night Jasmine) and Dan’s unconditional story will linger long after. Go, take it all in.
“October” doesn’t hurry from one plot point to the other. In fact there aren’t any plot points. This might prompt some to call it slow, but it is not. Sircar and Chaturvedi bring a meditative quality to the story, and it is this quality that makes “October” stand out.
If you’re the sort who doesn't give up on life easily, you should watch October. It’s got passion and more importantly, it’s got soul.
October is shorn of any sort of melodrama. Yet, leaves you with a lump in your throat.
As a film 'October' is like cold summer, imagine standing in the sun and shivering. It's limitless energy defeated by an inevitable end. While you feel for the protagonists, as a viewer you restrain yourself and end up being indifferent to the act. You relate to it but this is not your story and you certainly don't want to make it yours.
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' is an unusual love story and Varun Dhawan's acting is definitely worth watching.
Audience Reviews for October
Varun shines in October
Shoojit Sircar’s October has the combination of Juhi Chaturvedi’s empathetic writing and Varun Dhawan’s superlative restrained performance. The film may not have many elements of laughter, joy, celebration, music etc. but it shares a story which is full of human values. The emotions which are tapped in the film are that of sadness, grief, loss etc. The best part about the film is that Shoojit and Juhi never lose the track and insert any amount of exaggeration in the film. The tone of the film stays consistent. Yes, the pace may seem to be slow, but then, that is how life also moves when stuck in tragedy. The film takes an emotional leap towards the end. Another good part of the film is that the screenplay very clearly talks about certain human values viz. how important it is to be selfless when somebody is going through tough phase in his or her life; deeds devoid of any concrete results in sight or expectations are also important. The film can be summed up in one-liner, but the beauty of the film lies in how Juhi has captured the complexities of life, love, grief, death in a soulful manner. October may not appeal to you if your entertainment is linked to moments of laughter, but it would certainly touch your heart.
Danish aka Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) are colleagues as management trainee in a five star hospital. Dan does not enjoy being trapped in mundane tasks. He keeps sharing with his colleagues and friends that he wants to own a restaurant. Shuili meets with an accident. Though she survives the accident, she slips into coma and she lies on bed simply like a vegetable. Dan and Shiuli were mere colleagues, their relationship was not at all explored prior to the accident. Shiuli’s last dialogue of her enquiry about Dan with her friend makes Dan wonder, why she was asking about him. This initially pulls him to hospital to Shiuli, but later on, he unconditionally visits her and evolves as a strong pillar of support for Shiuli’s family.
Dan’s character is interesting, he is stubborn, persistent, consistent in nature who doggedly keeps visiting Shuili in hospital, whereas all others even his family questions him. Romance in not the underlying intention behind his visits to the hospital, which itself makes the scenes interesting. He is raw at places, innocence, cuteness also reflect. Varun has really tapped the character of Dan.
A beautiful dialogue in the film, when Dan confronts Shuili’s uncle when he says that she might not recover and what if she wakes up and doesn’t remember who they are. Dan responds: So what, if she doesn’t remember who you are, at least all of you remember who she is.
Banita Sandhu beautifully projects the character of Shiuli. The role might not have been an easy one for her. But she has certainly enacted very well and also captured the gloom of Shiuli.
Another character, who gave goosebumps in certain shots, was that of Shiuli’s mother by Geetanjali Rao. A great performance by her too.
Unpridictibility is the main winner
Writer's, Director's,Cinematographer's delight.
Many times I felt that now it is going to dwindle but that never happened.This is the best thing of this movie.
But many questions were left unanswered.
This movie is not made to answer the questions.We should answer them by own.
This is certainly a newer thing for Indian audiences.
Varun once again out shined the entire film, and deserve to be because the work he performed was breathtaking. Now the rest was a feel which one cannot forget soon. After a very long time Bollywood has come up with an masterpiece of calmness and yet so fast moving life,a truth only the pure soul can handle.
A Meditative Take on Autumnal Love!
Cast : Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao, Sahil Vedoliyaa
Director : Shoojit Sircar
Genre : Drama
Synopsis : Dan and Shiuli are both 21 year old hotel interns working at the same hotel. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli's lives together into a bond that's unlike any other.
A Meditative Take on Autumnal Love!
Somewhere in the middle of the second half of October, I felt a single tear sliding down my cheek. What caused it? Was it some good old-fashioned melodrama that caused me to tear up? Nope, this film has none of that. Was it some heartfelt emotional outburst from one of the characters? Nope, this film has none of that either. Was it seeing the death of some character. Nope, that was certainly not the reason. Logically speaking, there was absolutely no reason I should have teared up.
As humans, we spend a large part of our lives getting on with our work, and in the process, we learn how to shut out our emotions. Watching October, you get the exact same feeling. Throughout the film, the unsaid emotions are all bottled up and some of the most eventful sequences take place so organically and without any fuss. It's a strategy that director Shoojit Sircar has used to similar effect in his previous films. Take for instance, the death of his major characters in his previous films Madras Cafe(2013) and Piku(2015).
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