October starring Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu & Gitanjali Rao can be summed up by the following lines from Jab Tak Hai Jaan:
“This is not a story of courage;
this is not a story of miracles.
It’s just a simple story of love.
Love that breaks you but still keeps you together;
love that creates distances but still brings you closer.
Love that is true and forever”
Dan (Varun) is pursuing Hotel Management in Dwarka when a life-changing incident in Shiuli’s (Banita) life has a major impact on Dan. The interesting part of the setup in October is that there is no major connection between Dan and Shiuli before the incident. They hardly every talk and Dan is very vocal about his disliking of Shiuli. Then why does he leave his friends, family and career to look after the girl who doesn’t even care about him? For a naive, childish and immature Dan, it is all about her last words. Her last words which had a mention of him, Dan.
Remember Marshal’s anguish over his father’s last words for him from How I Met Your Mother?
Dan is a trainee, at work and at life. He’s a work in progress. His best quality is his ability to adapt. Few days at the hospital and he’s able to read the handwriting of the doctor, which is hard for even the chemist to read! Dan should be your best friend in life because he knows the value of unconditional love.
Shoojit Sircar has a knack for telling stories which have beautiful and heartfelt conversations it. This is majorly because of his right hand, Juhi Chaturvedi, in October, is in top form. The scenes and situations feel real, there is no urgency to rush to the climax. There aren’t any particular hard hitting dialogues that you remember at the end of the movie, but there are situations which are so beautifully shot and captured, you feel like a part of Dan and Shiuli’s life.
When Shiuli’s mother, played by the brilliant Gitanjali Rao asks Dan to leave, he leaves without asking or uttering a single word. Days pass and we see that Shiuli’s hands have to be tied because she is restless, Dan’s absence had an effect on her. On the other hand, Dan is restless too but he keeps his emotions to himself. A sign perhaps of his evolution. Unknowingly, both have had an impact on each other by now. But, is this love? Perhaps!
October is Varun Dhawan’s finest performance to date. With the choice of movies he consciously makes, it is good to see him surrender to the vision of the director and the writer. People will argue that some more nuanced actor would have played this part better, which might be true but I don’t believe anyone would have brought about the level of sincerity and earnestness that Varun brings to his character in October.
October feels like the month of October in Delhi. There is hope, that we will survive the wrath of the summer that just left. The city sparkles with sunlight and people are ready to embrace the winter that is about to arrive.
It felt really hard to leave my seat after the movie ended. October drenches you emotionally and leaves you with hope. What you do with that hope, is what will define your life. Even though hope is a dangerous, but I know Dan will survive.