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Shoojit Sircar Relied Purely on his Instincts When he Cast Varun Dhawan in October

Varun Dhawan October
Written by Heer Pamnani

Shoojit Sircar’s ideology in filmmaking is simple, to come across a real-life incident which is interesting and worthy of a full blown feature film, study, research extensively and make it relatable. Most of his ideas have come from newspaper clippings and unusual headlines.

As Shoojit has spent his prime years in Delhi, he always depicts the city as a character, while in (Pink) it was seen in a dark character, in (Piku) it became more playful and lighter. Similarly in the upcoming October as well, we see the leads based in Delhi’s premium hotel as management interns.

On casting his lead actors, Shoojit revealed that he had no definite plans of having Varun Dhawan on board. He saw him one day at his office and was enchanted by his youth and innocence; he went on to be the first choice after the script was penned.

With regard to the female protagonist Banita Sandhu, Shoojit spotted her in a TV commercial audition for a chewing gum ad, and immediately had her on board for her freshness and age. A local of Wales, Banita had no exposure in Bollywood, yet looks aptly cast in October.

Shoojit divulged ‘October’ is an everyday story, which all of us can relate to. His Director of Photography Avik Mukhopadhyay has used his camera work to make each frame look like a painting, as well as lending it a spiritual effect.

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