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October – Movie Review

Came out of the theater a little while ago, and I’m still in a trance. It’s nothing like a regular Bollywood movie.

First of all, the pace is little slow, but I guess, it wouldn’t have touched my heart, if it was any faster. The story is about two colleagues who barely talked to each other. A sudden mishap turns them into something beyond words. I couldn’t call them lovers because, not once in the whole movie they talk about love. The story basically didn’t have much to say, but it felt so real and I just traveled along with the characters all through the movie. Shoojit Sircar’s direction is amazing, as usual. The camera work is incredible. Every detail shown on screen is just mesmerizing. It felt so real, nothing artificial. The raindrops, the green leaves drenched in rain, the gushing waterfalls, the corridors, even the hospital rooms, looked beautiful. I realized I need to soak myself in more nature after watching the movie. Hats off to Avik Mukhopadhyay. The background score by Shantanu Moitra is a big plus for the movie.

The script by Juhi Chaturvedi is amazing. I could feel the love, the pain and the grief while watching the movie. There is no romance between the hero and the heroine, not some heavy dialogues, nothing. Yet, I could feel the love. Even by the end, I walked out of the theater wishing Shivli (Banita Sandhu) said something about Dan (Varun Dhawan). It broke my heart to watch Dan picking up Shivli’s┬ádeath certificate. They both played their characters beautifully. The mother of Shivli played by Gitanjali Rao is a portrait of pain. Every other supporting character in the movie played their part well.

I expected a romantic past or a diary revealing Shivli’s feelings, or a closure. But, there was nothing and that is the beauty of the movie.

If you are looking for something different, please go watch October. This movie brought back my soul’s conscience. It took a piece of my heart. The trailer is right, it’s not a love story, it’s a story about love.

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