The film “October” by Shoojit Sircar, is a story of a carefree, reckless young man ‘Dan’ (Varun Dhawan) who works at a hotel. His life turns upside down when his colleague Shiuli (Banita Sandhu, in a terrific debut), goes into coma after an accident.
October is about untold, unspoken love, that may or may not exist, from both the ends. Dan, the protagonist, finds meaning to his mediocre life when a tragedy as big as losing Shiuli, occurs. Initially, we don’t even know what Dan is going to do. But, as the story progresses, a sense of immeasurable pain and love is experienced. This isn’t a typical love-story, where the lovers meet, make memories or get intimate. But this story connects by the souls of two people, having found a connection.
Director Shoojit Sircar’s ‘October’ is a gem that will pull your heartstrings and also tear them apart. This story is about love and loss which deeply affects. This film has so much heart touching that it’s hard not to be moved by it. Shoojit Sircar’s direction is controlled. The talented filmmaker captured ‘October’ with sensitivity. He’s in his top form in October.
Writer Juhi Chaturvedi bangs on. She Wrote all the scenes perfectly magnificent. She created a magic with her pen.
Cinematography is wonderful and background music seems like the backbone of film. It takes you with film. Varun’s portrayal of Dan, is one for the ages. Shunning away from his “Hero” image, to portray a reckless, flaw man with a beating heart, deserves immense respect. The star-actor is delivering entirely realised performance. It unfolds with remarkable conviction. Debutant Banita Sandhu has done a brilliant job in the challenging role. Gitanjali Rao as Prof. Vidya Iyer, Shiuli’s mother, is fantastic. Her grief stricken eyes form the emotional core of this film.
On the whole, ‘October’ is the kind of film that warms your heart, but at the same time tears it apart. It’s something special, you’d love to watch it and to believe it. Very strongly recommended.