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OCTOBER is grim and slow, but beautiful and deeply moving!

With an elementary plot at its core, the film moves languidly and requires much patience on the part of its viewers. But director Shoojit Sircar arouses such heartfelt emotions in this totally unconventional storyline, that you can’t help but feel the impact of real sorrow that’s depicted onscreen. If you think you have the patience, then I strongly recommend this compelling piece of cinema.

Dan (Varun Dhawan) is living the life of any carefree 21 year old, revolving around a bunch of friends and fellow hotel interns who feed off each other's everyday moments, their ups and downs. Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) is one such intern at the same hotel. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli's lives together, into a bond that's unlike any 21 year olds. The emotional connection between them goes through a metamorphosis that brings out a form of love that's unlike any other, eventually leading to an internal awakening.

So, basically, OCTOBER is not a Love Story, rather a story about Love. It’s an intriguing tale of an unusual connection between two acquaintances. It’s amazing to see how a film so tragic and depressing, can still be uplifting, and one which can alter your perception towards love, life, and relationships. Director Shoojit Sircar and his writer Juhi Chaturvedi, serve you a totally different dish this time around. They’ve made you laugh (in the most thoughtful manner) with “Vicky Donor” and “Piku”, and now they are sure to leave you teary with this latest film of theirs.

To be honest, the film’s script is hardly meaty. In fact, if it wasn’t treated by the able hands of Sircar, it would’ve come across as something totally immature. Yes, there are problems, but just like life, this film overcomes them with common sense and some sincerely intended emotions. The feeling of love, loss, grief and attachment is presented so ardently that you hardly realize it’s a film. It’s all so natural.

The problem for most viewers will be the fact that the film tests your patience, and how. It is definitely intentional, as Sircar wants you to feel the agony, the deep pain of indefinite wait, for someone you love. Just like the characters in the film, you too experience/learn the art of ‘patience’. While the knowledge of this fact will help you savour this film in the best way possible, the lack of it in most audiences, will make them gasp with exhaustion. So you will love it only if you flow with its emotions, patiently.

The performances don’t look like performances. They’re all so lifelike. You get the feel of witnessing real life events unfold in front of your eyes. Varun Dhawan in an interview said that the first thing he was asked to do by his director on this film, is to “NOT ACT”. That’s what he does and delivers his most honest piece of work ever. His innocence is reflected in the most magnetic way. He literally brings to life the character DAN in the most earnest way possible. Banita Sandhu does very well, emoting mostly through her eyes. Also excellent is Gitanjali Rao, who plays Shiuli’s mother – extremely poised. All others do a great job.

In all, OCTOBER is a film which is meant to be felt, and not just seen. It isn’t your usual entertainer, but if you’re patient enough, believe me, the rewards will be sweet. Recommended!

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