Shoojit Sircar‘s October featuring Varun Dhawan and newcomer Banita Sandhu has finally hit the theatres today. The filmmaker is known to make films on real life stories and his latest offering is no different. Before the film released, Shoojit and Varun himself had revealed that the audience will get to see a never seen before side of the actor. Karan Johar too after watching the film had said that it’s an absolutely beautiful film. Does the film impress? Read October reviews by critics and decide if you wanna watch it this weekend.
DNA in their review said, “Some films are a breeze, others are a balm. October belongs to the latter category. It talks of a life situation none of us ever want to be in, but you never know what cards you get dealt with. In the performance department, Varun is a revelation. The actor, who is often spoken of as the ideal successor for Salman Khan’s Judwaa-type movies, shows you how capable he is of delivering a nuanced performance. He did that earlier in Badlapur, he does it again here. He makes you laugh, cry and love him unconditionally. And by the end of the film, you want to take Dan home to meet your mom.”
According to Times Of India, “Shoojit Sircar’s ‘October’ says a lot, without saying too much. Shoojit Sircar breathes life into every scene with his nuanced direction. The film unfolds at a leisurely pace but never lacks spirit. He gives you a glimpse into the lives of his characters and artfully takes you into his fold. At times, you forget that you are watching a movie; instead, you become a spectator to the lives of real people, with real, uncorrupted emotions. Varun Dhawan drops the Bollywood hero’s garb in the most understated and finest performance of his career.”
Firstpost in their review said, “Dhawan portrays a dichotomy of laid-back body language and proactive behaviour with a sincerity that is seems manufactured. Sircar seems to have cast his shadow on Dhawan, which is why the star is visibly out of his comfort zone. But kudos to Dhawan for his consistency. Notwithstanding the inorganic acting, he does not get trapped by his superstar persona. Also, he does not mouth his dialogues as a tapori just to prove that he is a guy from the streets a la Judwaa 2. His naive act is nuanced, even if rehearsed.”
While talking about Varun Dhawan’s October, BollywoodLife in their review said, “A far cry from his street-smart avatar in his last movie outing, Varun is subdued to the point of being unrecognisable in the film. He is a study in innocence. Don’t be surprised if you find girls around you squealing in delight at his naivete. There are times when the film gets a little too much to handle and it is then that Varun’s charm comes to its rescue. Apart from Varun, who is running quite a one-man show, there’s Geetanjali Rao, who, as Shiuli’s mother, is so subtle and restrained, it breaks your heart. As for the film, it takes its time to grow on you. ”
Scroll in their review said “October is a decidedly downbeat affair even as it navigates a subject similar to Piku – how do we deal with long-standing illness and the prospect of death? This coming-of-age tale wrapped in mourning robes oscillates mostly between the hotel and hospital, both beautifully shot by Avik Mukhopadhyay. It is in the intensive care unit, with its formidable equipment, efficient nurses and worried family members, that the movie is most effective.”