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Both as dramatic or as slow as real life is. It is an immersive experience that makes you think about it well after you are out of the theater.

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Director: Shoojit Sircar
Running time: 120 minutes
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October took me by surprise at so many levels. It did help that I went in knowing nothing about the film, except that Varun Dhawan was one of the actors. That might also be why the pace of the first half hour got slightly annoying. But, having seen the film, that pace makes more sense than ever. And ultimately, I am glad I hadn’t seen the trailer before watching the film because there is a good chance I would have walked in expecting to watch a very different film, a film about two lovers, one of whom is in a coma. What I watched was a very human story that is about relationships that have no whys and hows, they just are.

I am sure that I will not have enough of the Shoojit Sircar-Juhi Chaturvedi combination

As October progressed, I wondered, “Why are you getting involved? Why are your eyes brimming up? Why are you getting effected? It’s not like you can relate to any of the characters, you don’t think like most of them. It’s not like this is the first film you have seen about a person in coma. In fact, you have seen three in the recent past – Waiting, Ventilator, and The Big Sick. You don’t even feel like you know much about the lady in the ICU. The bits you know about the guy taking care of her is that he is simple and sweet, but a goofball. And even so, October is drawing you in with its simplicity, its humanity, its kind and large heartedness.” This is when I realised that these are things that help one take heart when the situation is grim – simplicity, humanity, kind and large heartedness.

When a film does this, makes you identify with the situation and not only characters, without you even realising it, it becomes a winner. Sure, the film is slow. But, so is tending to someone in a coma. In fact, the pace is another aspect that October touches upon with so much subtlety that you don’t pick up on it until you start analysing it later. October keeps pace with the patient’s condition, it picks up ever so slightly with every small sign of her recovery. The life of the caretaker becomes slightly busier with the smallest improvement of the patient. The back and forth between practicality and humaneness doesn’t come across as a story-writing tool. It feels like dilemmas that one would face in real life, a struggle that is germane to the story.

All the philosophizing aside, October’s take on relationships is as heartbreaking as it is heartening – not all relationships need two people. While this sounds like it is about unrequited love which October might or might not be about, this take on relationships is about one person’s will to care and form a relationship irrespective of what the other wants. As beautiful as that is to see on a film, in real life it could become overbearing and intrusive. Through the film, I couldn’t shirk off that nagging question, “what if she doesn’t want what he is doing?”. Which led me to questions about agency and entitlement, “is he really being selfless here?”

Sure, there are no easy answers to that and the discussion could be a never-ending one. Which is again only a stamp of how endearing, thought-provoking and engaging the film is.

Of course, Varun Dhawan just blew me off. While playing a good-for-nothing is completely his forte, he just showed us the many different kinds of directionless there can be. He even makes some of the wonderfully written dry humour, just the right amount of dead. I couldn’t stop wondering why he would do a Judwaa 2 when he can do this. Bread and butter? Anything for love of family? Never say no to work? And he took/accepted third credit in the opening credits too! That is commendable. Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao brought me to the brink of tears a couple of times. The rest of the supporting cast also made me wonder why we don’t see more of them.

Along similar lines, I am sure that I will not have enough of the Shoojit Sircar-Juhi Chaturvedi combination – Piku, Vicky Donor, and even Madras Cafe for that matter. What a range of topics and styles that covers! October may or may not be in the same league as the first two, but it is certainly up there.

What I watched was a very human story that is about relationships that have no whys and hows, they just are.

When a review becomes more about the viewer’s experience, emotions and thought-flow, it is a movie well-made, a movie one must watch. Even if you might want to watch it over and over again.

- meeta, a part of the audience

37 reviewers(?) - 27 yays 10 so-so 0 nays

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Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...October is not a film in a hurry, its pace entirely mirroring the painstaking healing process that Shiuli goes through. Seasons change, Avik Mukhopadhayay’s camera closes in on tired faces and moves back to capture pretty pictures of a city that is a lot more than the “concrete jungle” stereotype now attached to urban spaces. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...​There is not a single superfluous moment in October, not a single frame that I would exchange for anything in the world.​ Everything falls in place, in spite of the cosmic chaos that controls our universe. Because as Varun Dhawan’s Dan realizes, there is love at the end. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Ankita Chaurasia , Bollywood Life : ...If you while away your time reading poetries, thinking about soulmates, finding the meaning of your existence in sunsets, comparing life to flowers, and questioning your place in the universe – October will certainly be worth your while. ... full review

Thumbs up, by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle : ...The role and character of Dan — an uneasy round peg in a square world — seems to have been written keeping in mind Dhawan’s habit of pulling faces and infantilising himself in emotional scenes. He does that a lot here initially, and then comes into his own, maturing, changing as his character grows. I have always believed Dhawan to be an excellent actor. And here he is simply lovely. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, DNA : ...If you’re the sort who doesn't give up on life easily, you should watch October. It’s got passion and more importantly, it’s got soul. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, Film Companion : ...October also has striking camerawork by Avik Mukhopadhayay, a subtle soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra and Anupam Roy and some bang-on casting by Jogi. But this is the sort of film that will divide audiences – for some, it will play as painfully pretentious. For others, it will evoke a depth of emotions. I belong to the latter. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...Director Shoojit Sircar has exceeded himself and has given us a slow burner that doesn't hold its punches, doesn't give us false promises and yet teaches us that life can yet be beautiful even in the most adverse circumstances. And sometimes we have to go through fire to understand that... ... full review

Thumbs up, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Varun Dhawan nails it with his intricate subsuming of his successful star persona. In ‘October’ he lives and breathes Dan in every frame- with an intimate involvement that is rarely displayed by a successful mainstream actor.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Shantanu Moitra’s October theme strikes equilibrium between Dan’s inner and outer worlds. At 115-minute, October doesn’t give you a chance to look beyond the case unfolding in front of you. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Lakshana N Palat, india today : ...October is shorn of any sort of melodrama. Yet, leaves you with a lump in your throat. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...All said and done, go and watch October for Varun Dhawan. He has expanded his range of versatility with this one and Shoojit Sircar has managed to rip out a shade of him which was never seen before. ... full review

Thumbs up, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint : ...Sircar and Chaturvedi leave a great deal unsaid, and it’s within those spaces that the audience seeks answers – about the transactional nature of relationships, about expectations, commitment and the impermanence of life. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...This subtle, lyrical drama had me slightly teary-eyed on occasion — it could be because of an emotional trigger, or perhaps a memory it subconsciously draws one towards. This happens to me a lot at the movies by the way. Just so you know, and can probably treat that as a word of caution as well! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Nevertheless, October is a great watch for those who want to see something different on the silver screen...... full review

Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Let’s just say it — this film, like the October-born Librans, is moody and petulant and yet, almost obsessively sentimental. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...Bless the fools. They are the only ones who rush in, after all. October reminds us to celebrate the bloom. There is a reason autumn is called fall. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...October gets four stars, not five, because the film, like life, isn't perfect. But, like life again, it is achingly beautiful when at its best. Anything less would be too little for this singularly wondrous film. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about love, grief, mortality, and the making of a man. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sameeksha Dandriyal, News18.com : ...October is one story that will remain in your heart even after you leave the theater. Oh, and if you are wondering why the film has the name of a month as a title, Juhi Chaturvedi and Shoojit Sircar provide a beautiful answer to that too. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...The screenplay takes its own sweet time to establish Dan's dogged determination and yet keep him sympathetic. But it's a risk the director takes and will lose a whole bunch of people who want 'something to happen' in the movie. The film simply crawls at some points. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...October is the month when the sweet-smelling flower, known as parijat, shiuli, harsingar, night jasmine or prajakta, enters bloom. But the lesson of love and loss in Shoojit Sircar's poignant new drama is likely to linger all year long.... full review

Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...October may not be your typical action or entertaining film, but the fragrance of the characters and their lives lingers long after you leave the theatre. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...October underlines this with melancholy that resonates without ever turning maudlin.... full review

Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...In love and relationships, a lot remains unsaid and undefined. What can’t find it's way into words, will find a way to flow out. Let it. The fragrant memory of Shiuli (the Bengali name for Night Jasmine) and Dan’s unconditional story will linger long after. Go, take it all in. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sharad Raj, Upper Stall : ...Director Shoojit Sircar, along with his cinematographer Avik Mukherjee, carressingly captures the atmosphere of pathos and love. Avik’s camera beautifully focusses on a solitary flower or a squirrel, nonchalantly reminding us that life carries on no matter what. Editor Chandrashekhar Prajapati infuses much soul in the languid pace of the film, never in a hurry to interrupt the flow of time. And Shantanu Moitra’s backgorund score is unobtrusive yet effective, just the way it should be. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...October' is an unusual love story and Varun Dhawan's acting is definitely worth watching.... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha , Zee News : ...Varun Dhawan's deep understanding of what makes a character as seemingly overbearing as Dan bring out his sensitive side, navigates the film's simple elegant structure through a maze of life-transforming experiences which convey the unexpectedness of life as it suddenly swerves into death.... full review

So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, OCTOBER is an offbeat and a sensitive film which rests on a wafer thin plot and suffers from a slow pace. The movie is sure to win critical acclaim for Varun Dhawan’s outstanding performance but has hardly anything for the masses. At the box office, the movie will appeal to a niche section of the multiplex going audience. ... full review

So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...October is soulful, heart wrenching and a compelling watch but with flaws here and there. If you are an ardent fan of slow weepy tales, then go for it. ... full review

So-So, by Devansh Sharma, FirstPost : ...Unfortunately, this writer's patience waned out much faster than Dan. There were hints that let out hope for the Shoojit-Juhi magic to cast its spell, only to be taken away by a painful retreat to square one. This cyclic reaction went on throughout the the film and it drained me out. Ultimately, in this film, have Shoojit and Juhi offered us one last leaf (or the last petal in this case) to hold on to? The eternal optimist in me says yes. ... full review

So-So, by Prerna Prakash, fullhyd.com : ...Most of the film is shot inside a hospital, but there are bursts of freshness that come forth when the sublime beauty of Mother Nature is exhibited through awe-inspiring cinematography. The music throughout the film compliments the melancholic plot, making it a beautiful tribute to love.... full review

So-So, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...While it’s impressive that October thwarts the foundation of a Bollywood film with its song and melodrama-free stand, this film will try your patience. Watch this at your own risk. ... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Shubhra Gupta... full review

So-So, by Anita Iyer, Khaleej Times : ...Maybe the movie is not for everybody. But it is a Varun Dhawan- Shoojit Sircar collaboration you can't afford to miss. ... full review

So-So, by NILESH RAMCHANDANI, Kia Gia : ...On the whole, 'October' is not your usual run of the mill romantic film; it's one movie which requires patience to get through. Living through its own sweet pace, masala-lovers would find it hard to digest. Watch it for Varun Dhawan! ... full review

So-So, by ANISH MOHANTY, Planet Bollywood : ...'October' is a unique film (as far as Bollywood standards go) and is bound to attract polarising opinions about it. As far as I am concerned, a lot of what Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi were trying to convey through this film did reach out to me. Watch it for Varun's sincere performance and some poignant moments. ... full review

So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...There is a Hallmark quality to Dan’s lack of direction, which is presented without adequate explanation. But there is also a lived-in quality to Chaturvedi’s study of life-threatening illness, which is rarely explored by the movies with any seriousness. “Isn’t the urine output a lot today?” That question is better answered than “Where is Dan?” in October. ... full review

125 tweeters(?) - 115 yays 1 so-so 9 nays

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rosesyoonmin: I love october but badlapur still remains the superior varun movie

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koolkaat: i almost died 5 times in october i really miss those fun times

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Inder_Kumar: #October was poetry in motion. Shoojit Sircar, Shantanu Moitra & Varun Dhawan shines. Bollywood needs more of these films.

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Himil_s_: October : A Sweet Pain #October

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faraz7khan: #October ❤️

Eskrishan: #October: an unhurried film about an inexplicable bond. Loved it.

dkh9: Loved the simplicity of October, a beautiful sensitive film #mustwatch

DhakkadVaruniac: There so many positive things to take away from October ❤️..those who have seen the movie may know

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chaitushungama: 13th Watched #October unconditionaly liked it

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BSpatel5: Alright, lovely movie # October # well done # Shoojit Sircar https://t.co/HBBXd5fROz

bollywodkaraja: Everyone I request you to watch October

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bhabani79: #October film is an art of #imaginary #love story where #beautiful #grief is love. Brilliant performance by @Varun_dvn

BeingChatterjee: Here's my review for the @ShoojitSircar film @OctoberFilm2018 ❤️ It won my heart. https://t.co/B79PbAFO4n

basanntrajsingh: October में वरुण धवन का सर्वश्रेष्ठ अभिनय है,उनके अब तक के कैरियर में। #OctoberFullOfStars #October #VarunDhawan

B4d5hah: I need to watch october again

ayushmanngirl: Finally!! I watched #October !!! Such a beauty! Loved it @varun_dvn @banitasandhu @shoojitsircar

Aurgho_: If you haven't watched #OctoberMovie, you'd have done the Indian film industry a disservice. @shahidkapoor = Kaminey @Varun_dvn = October

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aryasssd: I'm a @Varun_dvn fan after this movie . Seen many of your movies in past but this one did have an impact ❤

anuj_tela: October - Excellent movie.. superb acting by the lead pair.. @Varun_dvn take a bow .. 5* and a must watch !!

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anirbanchak1: Have seen October and getting speechless. Find tears at my eyes while leaving. Thank you and your whole team very m… https://t.co/jwYokCpZNj

Andyrodgers83: Unbeaten run from October is brilliant from the boys, done our bit today whilst others didn’t

aliceinandheri: Loved #October so much. Saw it yesterday and it's still lingering inside me. There's so much life in it, so much fe… https://t.co/yAcdT06OON

akshaygaikwad88: Just watched #October ..Whataa movie ..I hv no words to describe how purely they showed definition of love ..Varun… https://t.co/19pGxOqNWq

ajaybrahmasingh: आदरणीय,#David Dhawanji....पग प्रणाम.....v.v.thank you for making and bringing up Varun....and Hey ! Varun thank you for # October.

Aishu_Vasu: October ❤️❤️❤️

AficionadoYash: Movie Review: October- 4/5

abhived_lodhi: Rarely we get to watch movies like #october Thanks @Varun_dvn and @ShoojitSircar dada for letting us feel the real… https://t.co/HYwaYAQSIi

Aashkey: Dear @ShoojitSircar & @writeonj, thank you for giving us #October. One of the best emotionally driven movies of the… https://t.co/sL3uYTTU4r

aashameera: #October is a film that shows what a beautiful union between a good writer and a good director can create. It's a g… https://t.co/u0iM8WrwsW

Aarushiiiiiiiii: So I had watched OCTOBER yesterday and honestly Dan was Varun's best performance until now and banita had her best debut. #October

AaplaAbhi: #October is worth the hype? Is Varun's best film so far?

_Sparkling_xD: #October is so emotional love storyyyy

_kanchii: OCTOBER is ❤.... I really want evryone to watch ths movie.. Its not a movie its a masterpiece.. Nd @ShoojitSircar s… https://t.co/S1kjZY50hF

_abhinavnarayan: #October Simple and superb @ShoojitSircar @writeonj @Varun_dvn

shy_chupacabra: October was decent. Not a fan of Dhawan but he done good.

Simmisuman2: OCTOBER Movie.. wasting Time and Money.. Now a days ppl. Already frustrated from their life.. Anyone wants to see f… https://t.co/ClcvWhZJd1

SauravGupta81: #October is disappointing! The build up is so nice but the movie just looses the momentum and interest post intermi… https://t.co/r4uGmQyeVj

RajatAroraET: Save yourself from depression. Don't watch October. https://t.co/pS8PlFRrO9

rahilnawazahmed: Yesterday watched October, Worst movie of 2018....

IamSwatiRao: #October is dull and boring

iamindranilsen: Watched movie #October and wasted both my time and money in April

appocalypseBoy: October is such a boring movie!!

AmanSin68970697: Waste of money #october . @Varun_dvn bhai aapko ye film nahi karni chhaiye thi iss samay me ye film 50 plus age h… https://t.co/2pItx9vcbk

ABHINAVKIMOTHI: #October is very depressing .. And not enough sensitive & emotional to redeem that depression

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: A lady has an accident and goes into coma. An acquaintance is greatly affected by the incident.
  • General Look and Feel: Carries a largely serious tone with a touch of dark humor

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Running time:
120 minutes

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October makes for a grim watch, especially the first half. There are too much details shown about the fall and the medical consequences and treatment of the fall. Such detailed treatment makes it a difficult watch.

The film makers have tried to make it a poetry on silver screen, given the title October and tried to bring in romantic shades of autumn-winter moods into the frames. As is the risk with such tactics (also witnessed in Fitoor), the makers get carried away in showing foggy misty romantic weather so much so that the concept of time does not remain aligned with the story's timeline. Thus we have someone having met with an accident in winter and even 4-6 months down the line we are still in winter mood with blankets and fogs. That kind of sums it up, too much importance given to make up rather than the contents.

On the contents side also, one just cannot help remarking that how noble the Indian medical community has been portrayed. This is far from ground reality. An accident of this proportion in medical terms is a commercial nightmare for the victim's family. And one has to be from the billionaire community to be able to afford the kind of ICU care shown for months on ends (give and take the person was in ICU for 9 months). Such misrepresentations made it a slightly unbelievable and fairy tale kind of film. If the lead person had to be shown to be in ICU for such a long period then it would have been more credible to set the film in continental Europe where the health care permits a non billionaire to have such benefits.

Overall, too much of gloss compared to content. Acting wise all are subdued and within the required top quality range. Maximum marks to Gitanjali Rao as the mother, whose eyes spoke a thousand words.

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