The last Hindi film I saw on the big screen was in February when Padman released. Unfortunately, a lot of the Hindi movies have not been releasing here in North Carolina, but I am happy the one that did was October.
It is so refreshing as a filmmaker and audience member to see writers, directors, and actors come together to make a film that’s not typical. And I keep saying I feel so grateful to be part of the current filmmaking era as it is so divine and diversified.
Director Shoojit Sircar has an eye for focusing on little details in a simple frame. I admire his directional style and way of piecing a story together. Writer Juhi Chaturvedi has taken an unconventional way to write a story like October. The film on a whole has left me with little and so much to say though.
Varun Dhawan constantly proves to his audience he is an actor and not a directors son or a person launched by Karan Johar. He dives into his craft from head to toe and becomes his character. His dialogue timing in this film will surely give you a laugh from beginning to end. His character Dan comes from a very simple lifestyle with almost no set goals, and simply goes with the flow of life. When he’s given the chance to just be a good human being, he does, but also has fun with it. In some strange ways, I could relate to Dan’s character a bit too much.
Debut actor from London Banita Sandhu plays the role of Shiuli Iyer. Without giving too of the story much away, I must say her performance was impeccable. No one would ever be able to tell this is her first film.
The cinematography was an extremely important part of this film. I have thoroughly always enjoyed the cinematography of Shoojit Sircar’s films, and this one, in particular, was my favorite. The background scoring and simple two-to-three locations surely completed the whole film.
On a whole, this emotional story will have you laugh and cry at times and feel extremely affectionate towards Varun’s character. The film is slightly slow-paced, but it moves in a direction where you just keep holding a lot of hope in your heart until the end. I felt a minor weakness in the building of Banita’s character Shiuli, I couldn’t tell if it was intentional, or if an element was simply missing. But that’s just perspective and a minor thought.
October is a must watch film, especially on the big screen!
Review by Bhavna Singh
Check out my favorite song from the film!