Watch-It-Or-Not: Shoojit Sircar’s October Comes Across As Cinematic Brilliance

October movie review

(Last Updated On: April 13, 2018)

This year, October comes in April!

Friday seldom disappoints. And this Friday is far, far from disappointment and boredom as Shoojit Sircar’s October, starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu, is finally in theatres.

To warn you at the beginning, October is NOT a film for the masses. So if you are looking for Varun Dhawan-ish song-and-dance routine filled with some high melodrama and slapstick comedy, you are at the wrong place.

Varun is playing a short-tempered, rebellious hotel management trainee who is leading a topsy-turvy life while working in a Delhi hotel along with some other fellow trainee, including Shiuli (Banita Sandhu). One fine day, Shiuli fells from the third floor of the hotel and end up in a coma before asking “where is Dan?”

Dan’s world gets upside down and he is stuck in the time, just like Shiuli who is immovable in a hospital bed. Dan is moved to the core by the incident and somewhat drawn to her agonizing and motionless world. The movie will somewhere remind you of “The Big Sick” and Kalki Koechlin’s “Waiting” owing to numerous inside ICU shots and medical jargons but it is way more than that.

The primary reason to watch October is the fantastic director-writer duo. Being Shoojit Sircar-Juhi Chaturvedi’s project, October is not completely devoid of light-hearted humor. The storyline is intriguing and surprisingly unpredictable and you will feel that you are actually witnessing somebody’s lives happenings.


Another reason to watch October is its cast. For the first time after “Badlapur,” Varun is seen trying to make an impact through his acting chops. After playing a certain (read typecast) kind of lover boy in movies like “Judwaa 2,” “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya” and “Mai Tera Hero,” it is a sweet surprise to see him in this role. Kudos to Banita for choosing this movie as her debut project.

The icing on the cake here is Shantanu Moitra, Armaan Malik and Anupam Roy’s background score which plays a vital role in this otherwise song-less film. Not to forget the aesthetically-pleasing feel.

Ourtitbits’ take? Go watch October to calm down your stressed-out nerves. You will not regret the decision even for a second.

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