October – A Typical Festival Film
With films like Vicky Donor, Madras Café and Piku, Shoojit Sircar has made his mark in the Bollywood. Shoojit is one of those filmmakers who can handle any subject whether unusual or weird very capably. October is one such film which is not your usual Bollywood flick. It’s even not marketed and advertised like the usual films. October features Varun Dhawan, Gitanjili Rao and Banita Sandhu in pivotal characters. Let’s see what October has to offer to its viewers.
October revolves around Danish Walia aka Dan (Varun Dhawan) who is a trainee in a 5 star hotel but his temperamental issues and blithe character is always questioned by his managers and superiors. Dan seems quite dissatisfied with whatever he does – a typical boy who suffers from consistency. Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) is shown Dan’s junior but excelling in her trainee period. One day Shiuli meets an accident and goes to coma. This accident brings Shiuli’s mother Vidya (Gitanjili Rao) and Dan to come forward and support her. What happens next is the beautifully weaved tale of romance, family bonds, coming of age and life to be specific.
October is very slow, let me repeat, it is very slow – the film can be easily chopped off for 20 – 25 minutes, but the interesting part is it connects with its audience. Perhaps, Shoojit wanted to execute the film in such manner where finest details can be kept under focus. The film is highly emotional and has some amazing scenes which aren’t loud but very subtle and that’s the beauty of October.
Varun Dhawan is a decent actor and has always managed to pull off his character with gusto. Even in October, he gives a good range of shades in his character. A few of his scenes are really impressive, like the one where Shiuli calls him with his name in the park, his expressions are brilliant.
Gitanjili Rao is effective as Shiuli’s mother. Only a seasoned actor could manage to perform such a character. She gives her best and is very believable. Banita Sandhu successfully manages to do justice with her character.
October is not a typical Bollywood film, it has shades of such films which are shown in festivals and films which educate audience about life and how one small incident can change the personality. October might not do amazingly well at the box office but for those who appreciate good cinema, it’s a must watch.