Skeptical to write a review on a nuanced and unique film which is more of a savouring. Each and every scene breathes while there is lump in the throat with wet eyes, as you watch the sensitive piece of work. Uncomfortable it might get for some viewers, given the leisurely pace but one needs to be patient to savour a thanksgiving feast. I came out of the theatre overwhelmed, heart-broken and stood numb before I let out myself.
Juhi Chaturvedi’s innate writing is the most dominant aspect, for example, Dan’s selfless love, the vegetable state of Shiuli and the yearning for her inspite of inability to reciprocate. There’s a poetic rhythm in her writing – the stillness and silences sync with the flow of the narrative well. And it’s well-woven by Shoojit Sircar’s nuanced direction skills. It’s a film which stays with your heart and dives deeper the more you venture out, it’s a beautiful selfless romance. To churn out such a poignant film needs guts; there’s a conflict between inter-personal and intra-personal beliefs, it has a resilient tone.
Cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay lends an ethereal and perfect atmosphere to engulf. Shantanu Moitra’s magnificent and enthralling theme renders the emotions. Varun Dhawan has reinvented himself in a restrained performance with complexities and innate child-like behaviour, his finest performance till date (debatable with Badlapur). Banita Sandhu fits the role perfectly even though most of the time she’s in the hospital, it does require an act.
October isn’t an escapist cinema, its a heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming poetic piece of work, unrequited. It might cater the International audience than the Indian sensibilities, but I suggest you to get it a chance. Definitely requires a re-watch for a better understanding, I stood numb and took a while to formulate words.
Release: 13 April, 2018
Director: Shoojit Sircar
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