It takes a lot of guts to attempt an unusual romance of a couple, who are barely friends, pass off as working colleagues or acquaintances, yet are bound with a hauntingly serious medical condition. Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi developed this narrative from a newspaper clipping.
The mundane lives of 21-year- old Hotel Management Interns makes for the initial screenplay, in order to familiarize the viewers with their routine, friendship, awkwardness, job difficulties and survival. However, things rapidly change after an unfortunate incident takes place on the eve of New Year. A day when the hotel staffers choose to celebrate, Shuili (Banita) in her attempt to position herself on a parapet, falls off the third-floor building.
She is immediately hospitalized, succumbing to a state of coma. Danish or Dan (Varun) and his colleagues pay her a visit, while her colleagues move on; Dan is deeply affected by her medical condition and empathizes with her family. Geetanjali Rao gives a brilliant performance as a distressed mother.
While relatives explain the seriousness of her deteriorating health, asking the family to keep hopes unchecked, Dan motivates her mother to address the illness and wait for the response of the treatment.
Banita gives a heartwarming performance in her stillness and silence. The emotions are real, the finances and pains surrounding a big surgery are highlighted, allowing the viewer to relate with the characters.
Juhi Chaturvedi’s writing is slow paced yet brave, Avik Mukhopadhyay’s camera work adds immense beauty to the frames, from capturing the solitude of the ICU to the scenic mountains, he attempts the contrast rather well. Shoojit Sircar extracts good performances, yet leaves some scenes unfinished. All in all, October is a heartwarming story about love, ailing and hope.