October is the story of Dan (Varun Dhawan) and Shiuli (Banita Sandhu); both are hotel management students working for the same hotel. In a group of other employees, these both don’t interact much. Dan is this hooded-hunk who’s blunt and innocent possessing the qualities of a carefree teenager. Dan is disturbed with his professional life because his honesty usually lands him in trouble.
Shiuli, on other hand, is this smart junior employee who’s more focused on her career. A certain incident makes Shiuli hospitalized but her last question of “Where’s Dan?” revolves in Dan’s mind throughout. The entire story revolves around how Dan falls for this bedridden Shiuli in the quest of searching an incomplete piece to fill up this incomplete yet beautiful puzzle.
Written by Juhi Chaturvedi this might be the bravest attempt by her. Despite such tragic narration, she keeps the proceedings light. Sometimes a writer goes deep into a story and can’t decide where to stop, this is what Juhi suffers with this story. The script of October is beautifully incomplete. The narration gets repetitive at times and explaining too much drags the plot.
Was this the same guy who swayed us away with his over-the-top performance as twins in his last film? There always come one movie in every actor’s career which sets the parameter of his versatility and October is one such movie for Varun Dhawan. His portrayal of Dan is so effortless; at times you just can’t believe this guy is acting.
More than Varun Dhawan’s performance, Dan has this so realistic traits like stammering a bit while talking which makes one believe he isn’t delivering any dialogue but speaking according to the situation. Banita Sandhu is verbally absent through the major portion of the film but she has emoted Shiuli with the required charm. Even after this, it’s yet to be seen how she manages to dodge long dialogues in her upcoming films.
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.