October which is released in April, starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu is directed by Shoojit Sircar. The story of the film will make the audience cry. Yes, it is a love story but less love story. Danish which is played by Varun, is an intern at a top hotel in Delhi along with his batch mates. He is a straight-forward and a blunt person. Dan expresses himself with a rare innocence that makes him lovable.
An incident occurs at the hotel where one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu), falls from the terrace of the hotel. Shiuli asked about Dan before she was going to die. This made Dan confused and thereon, he embarks on an emotional journey where he seeks answers and love in the strangest of circumstances. Shiuli (the Bengali name for Night Jasmine) is a type of a girl who loves the night jasmine which flourishes in the month of October. She enjoys the fragrance of them with her grandfather. These white-night jasmine flowers is the main object of the film.
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Varun, in between the scenes kept on entertaining us with his comedy skills as he’d been doing in his previous films. The movie says a lot without saying too much. It’s not a story crafted with heavy doses of dialogues, romantic ballads or bombastic tropes common to the genre. The beauty lies in the simplicity of it all. The background score by Shantanu Moitra softly blends in, adding mood to the drama. It is very calming. It is arranged very beautifully and will keep on making the audience realize about the main theme of the story. Every emotion in the song-less film is not spelt out. The songs does not play much role in the film.
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Shoojit Sircar breathes life in to every scene with his nuanced direction. He gives you a glimpse into the lives of his characters, and artfully takes you into his fold. At times, you forget that you are watching a movie; instead, you become a spectator to the lives of real people with real emotions. It revolves around the emotions of the characters which can be felt to the audience. For example- The scene at the hospital between Dan and Shiuli, where they acknowledge their relationship in their own indescribable way, is skillfully written and enacted. It throbs with emotion and makes you break into a smile.
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October is a humane story that will possibly enjoy a much wider appeal across international audiences too. It is evident that the director wanted this story about love to find its own life cycle of blossom. 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. The fragrant memory of Shiuli and Dan’s unconditional story will linger long after. Go, take it all in.
Varun Dhawan drops the Bollywood hero’s garb in the most understated and finest performance of his career. Dan’s character will make you forget that you ever saw him shirtless on screen before. Debutante Banita uses her beautiful eyes to express emotions. We give October 4/5 Stars.