Published by Sanket Porwal
The story of October allows us to peek into the complexities and intricacies of a character called Dan, played by Dhawan. Over the two hours, we discover his struggle in professional and personal paths which overlaps after an incident.
It’s an engaging drama set in the premise of a Hospital or the back end yards of a 5-star hotel. Shoojit’s strength in all his movies have been his characters who establish an instant connect. Likewise, October also gives us some refined and unfiltered characters – Dan’s friends, Dan’s supervisors, Shiuli’s mother and her uncle. These characters together makes the world believable and forms the connect.
What also works is Shoojit’s undeniable control over his craft – he weaves the weather climate wonderfully in the narrative and uses it as a metaphor. Moitra’s background music is a resounding bonus. While there are moments when there is very little dialogue, the enhancing Bgm fills the scene.
But the one and the biggest problem this film suffers from is the muddled character of Shiuli played by Banita. One never even gets to the periphery of her character in the entire runtime and that sticks as a sore thumb throughout the film.
And that’s where Varun Dhawan makes up for the lapses. In this career defining performance, the actor submits fully to Dan and his traits. Its an excellent portrayal. He reveals the character’s inner-self without acting it out. Go watch October.
The film has its set of problems, but it overcomes them and gives us a heart-crushing delight of a film. And if not for anything else, go in for the film’s leading man Varun Dhawan who is an absolute revelation in what is so far the best performance of the year.
Rating : 3 / 5 (Good)