31st October movie review: It has nothing we didn’t know

31st October movie review: This Vir Das, Soha Ali Khan film has nothing – neither narrative nor engaging characters—on offer.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 3:03 pm
31st October movie review, 31st October review, 31st October movie, 31st October, 31st October cast, Soha Ali Khan 31st October movie review: This Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das film had the chance to re-construct that ghastly day and show just how an event can spiral out of control. But it failed.

31st October movie cast: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Vineet Sharma, Deepraj Rana
31st October movie director: Shivaji Lotan Patil

The assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on that fateful 1984 October day had led to three days of shocking mayhem in the national capital, where armed mobs rampaged through many parts of Delhi, burning and killing Sikhs, and pillaging their establishments.

It was, not to put too fine a point on it, a pogrom. The smell of burnt flesh and rubber was everywhere: the news of the assassination was finally confirmed by the BBC, leading to a bloody aftermath. Almost everywhere you turned, there was a vehicle or a body in flames.

The film opens on that day, showing a Sikh family– Davinder (Vir Das) and Tajinder (Soha Ali Khan) and their children, two boys and a babe in arms—going about their usual routine. Davinder walks the little boys to the school bus and goes off to work at the local electricity office (DESU); Tajinder heads to the nearby market.

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And then as word starts to trickle out about Mrs Gandhi’s death, and the identity of her killers, some Congress leaders (you can quite easily spot look-alikes of HKL Bhagat and Jagdish Tytler) are shown delivering inciting speeches and aiming the mob towards the Sikh community, and the brutal killings begin, which continue unabated in the capital’s far-flung resettlement colonies over nearly three days and nights.

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There has been almost nothing in mainstream Bollywood about those dark days. 31st October had the chance to re-construct that ghastly day and show just how an event can spiral out of control, and just how easily hatred can be fanned and spread when the law and order machinery has been told to look the other way. But the film has nothing – neither narrative nor engaging characters—on offer.

Das is hopelessly miscast. The others fare no better. Khan at least tries hard to look the part, but cannot rise above the sheer ineptness of this enterprise, which neither tells nor shows us anything we do not know.

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First Published on: October 21, 2016 12:50 pm
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    Pooja
    Oct 26, 2016 at 6:06 am
    Awesome and must watch movie... I am not sure why indian express claimed it yo be a gore movie as it showed much less the gruesome horror as we see in Google search pictures. Probably they still don't want Sikh to get justice. I would everyone shpuld see this movie and know the reality what shameless and merciless congress did.
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      Kat
      Oct 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm
      Hindus have slaughtered Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, dalits, Buddhists, have they spared anyone. FU**K Hinduism
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        Rajat
        Oct 22, 2016 at 4:52 am
        A congress stooge
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          Barb Dewyre
          Oct 28, 2016 at 11:17 am
          Let us not forget the atrocities that were heaped on the non-Sikhs by the Sikhs in Punjab demanding Khalistan. Do you recall the days when they would enter Hindu homes and kill entire families? How can you ignore the pain when they would stop buses and offload non-Sikhs and shoot them while they pled for their lives? Do you know how many people fled from Punjab leaving everything they owned to escape the carnage there? The senseless killing that followed Indira hi's ination was a build up of the atrocities that the Hindus had faced earlier and just needed a spark to set it alight. Injustice was done on both sides.
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            Harpreet Kaur
            Oct 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm
            India Express who are you to judge a movie? I bet no one on your team has even watched the movie yet and are badmouthing the movie already because lt;br/gt;#1. you are paid greedy people #2. you are prejudicing against Sikhs #3. you guys should just continue with daily news which you might be a little better at but please don't review on bollywood movies. Thank you very much!
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              SatinderKaur
              Oct 31, 2016 at 4:20 am
              The Congress and the Akalis are responsible for these tragic events The Congress raised Bhindrawala to downgrade the Akalis Bhindrawala became out of control and a mayhem of killings led to the unfortunate Blue Star The Sikhs should have followed the policy of forgive and forget like the Christians But tragically they murdered Indra hi--a woman that too by her Sikh body guards My mum and her family were Gurkhas ( Hindus ) The Gurkhas are known for their loyality and sense of duty The Jallianwala firing was done by Gurkha unit obeying the order of their officer Dyre Even now the Gurkhas guard the Bukingham Palace in London But here the Sikh body guards themselves murdered India hi Before this event the Delhi police was filled with Sikhs But after that event there are very few Sikhs in Delhi police The Congresswalas should have followed the hian policy of peace and non-violence But they themselves led the mobs that killed the innocent Sikhs What would hi had thought had he been alive in November 1984 Dr Manmohan Singh rightly said in Parliament " The murder of Indra hi and the macre of the innocent Sikhs are two tragic events in independent India " In spite of all that I pay my humble tribute to indra hi
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                Paul Singh
                Oct 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm
                they do judge movies! that's alright! but the way this one has been is bringing them down a lot! after all Indian Express set very high standards in the past. Very tame and very lame! Chicken!
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                  Paul Singh
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 9:11 am
                  tone and le of the review are very surprising!!! something at play here!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;nothing new , that's it!!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I really wonder these days on this esteemed newspaper's editorial content!
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                    Paul Singh
                    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                    yes! Also because we have allowed our justice systems to be flawed by being silent. As is also happening now with FIRs written readily against some and ppl with certain affinities (read Ansari custody death case) to walk away without even reporting
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                      propagandist
                      Oct 21, 2016 at 10:23 am
                      Sub...ra G...up...ta a paid propaist of con..gre..ss trying to defend it by downplaying a brilliant movie. This is a definite watch.
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                        Ramandeep Singh
                        Oct 21, 2016 at 8:17 am
                        Justice dela is justice denied the men who killed Indira were brutally killed on the spot but what mobster did with the civilian, judiciary is not willing to offer the justice just to make the system happy. If some one tries to remind what happened in 84 or 2002 the press is saying "it has nothing we did not know" this tells that media is also indulged in satisfying the blood thirst of the system.
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                          rightam
                          Oct 21, 2016 at 9:22 am
                          This was only one man's fault whose name was Jarnail Singh the terrorist. Indra hi sacrificed for this country . The ghost of Jarnail singh terrorist is still haunting Punjab. People were slaughtered by dragging out of buses @ the name of Sikh religion . First Sikhs murdered an unarmed 70 year old widow and they murdered thousand of innocent Hindus in Punjab non of their role in Delhi riots. Sikh call this terrorist Jarnail a Sikh Saint . Coward's are called saint in some religions who hide in religious places after thousand of murders .80 year old Editor in chief of newspaper and later his journalist son were Murdered by these so called brave Sikh to mull free voices. Murders are given special treatments 2@ their highest religious places
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                            satinderpal singh
                            Oct 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                            Credit must go to both the director and producer who have made such a good film which shows injustice done to Sikhs and moreover criminals including politicians have not been punished after 31 years have ped
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                              satinderpal singh
                              Oct 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                              Credit must go to both the director and producer who have made such a good film which shows injustice done to Sikhs and moreover criminals including politicians have not been punished after 31 years have ped
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