Verdict: Varun Dhawan’s endearing act will make you fall in love with him.

One of the most bankable actors in Bollywood today, Varun Dhawan surprised everyone in the trailer of October. A departure from his typical Bollywood masala films, October stars Varun Dhawan as a hotel management intern with a reckless and cynical attitude till time gets the better of him. Directed by the much acclaimed Shoojit Sircar, who has treated us with great works like Vicky Donor, Piku and Madras Cafe in the past, get ready for visually rich cinematography coupled with what today’s films often lack – soul.

What’s October about:

Everything is simple in the movie, except the flow of emotions. The movie is about a group of friends who are interning at Hotel Radisson Blu. Dan (Dhawan) is clumsy, straightforward and often finds himself at the receiving end of his manager, Asthana. But his friends Manjeet (Sahil Vedoliyaa), Ishaani and Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) always come to his rescue. The introductory scene will remind you of the montage-like shots of Piku, and will run you through the lives of those in the hospitality sector with great finesse. Before you see any love blossoming between the lead characters, except for a couple of casual conversations, an untoward incident changes the lives of everyone, especially Dan and Shiuli. The rest of the movie takes you through the metamorphosis of Dan and his perspective towards life as he creates an unusual bond with Shiuli and her family.

What works:

The cinematography in Shoojit’s films has always been of superior quality. The poetic nature of the scenes lets you delve into the lives of the characters and experience all those unsaid emotions. The movie may not boast of iconic dialogues but a few will actually tug at your heart, leaving you overwhelmed. Dhawan, with his childlike innocence, is loveable throughout and delivers a nuanced yet powerful performance. The debutant Banita will leave you teary-eyed in certain scenes and surely knows how to make the audience completely empathetic towards her character. Lastly, the music by Shantanu Moitra is soothing yet melancholic at the same time. And it is this beauty of the melancholy that will make you find a connection with the film and its characters.

What could have been better: 

While everything else – right from the cinematography to the film’s climax – fell in place, we wish we could have seen more of the chemistry between the lead actors. And for the impatient ones, the director could have done away with a couple of scenes that might seem repetitive.

Why you should watch:

If you are a true lover of cinema, you need to catch the movie in the nearest theatre today. Aren’t you tired of the typical love stories? Try Shoojit Sircar’s new approach towards love and we bet, you will love it. Special mention to Dhawan’s impeccable performance. To all his fans, you have nothing to lose. Go for it.