Certificate: U

Directed By: Shoojit Sircar

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao and Sahil Vedoliyaa

Story: Juhi Chaturvedi

Rising Sun Films OCTOBER is a film about love, humanity, friendship. It is an emotional journey which touches your heart and talks about not giving up in life easily.

The story revolves around Danesh Walia aka Dan’s (Varun Dhawan) life and his friends Manjeet (Sahil), Shiuli (Banita Sandhu). They all are hotel management interns and the film begins on a routine note dealing with the daily lives of hotel interns. After introducing the lead and supporting characters the film hints us at the camaraderie between Dan and Shiuli, who are dynamically opposite to each other. Soon we see Shiuli meets with an accident which changes Dan from a clumsy, careless person and one who is bored from his work to a responsible and caring friend and is highly affected by Shiuli’s accident. He goes to the hospital to see her daily, develops a huge amount of attachment for her and with her family, and he does so even on the cost of his work getting affected. There are a lot of scenes in the hospital so be prepared with some medical jargons before watching the film. The film becomes a bit slow in between and even one hour and 56 minutes seems too long at times. But the movie still manages to keep one engaged thanks to the brilliance of Varun Dhawan as Dan. Why the film is titled OCTOBER is reveled in the climax. The film has got passion, soul and it talks about not giving up in life easily and the film, as said by the makers, is not a love story but it is a story about love, friendship and humanity. This Shoojit Sircar film is an emotional ride, filled with some funny scenes and moments that can touch your heart.

Varun Dhawan is a revelation, he is magnificent. He shows everybody how capable he is to deliver a nuanced performance. He makes you laugh, cry, and love. On the other hand Banita Sandhu is also good for her debut film, Gitanjali Rao deserves praise and some scenes between Varun and her are amazing. Rest of the cast provide able support.

Technically the film is brilliant; Avik Mukhopadhyay’s camera work is mind blowing. Whether it’s Delhi’s fog or autumn greenery or the mountains of Kulu he has captured each detail marvelously. The music of the film is also good, though there are no songs in the film; the background music is worth mentioning. Editing is fine.

Director Shoojit Sircar masterfully tells the story, he manages to get his audience invest in the film. He once again impresses with his story telling skills. His collaboration with Juhi Chaturvedi has yet again delivered a wonderful film, though like the previous one, this film is slight slow in pace and becomes a bit boring in between. Juhi Chaturvedi also keeps her lines real and enough punches to make us laugh.

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