This week’s big Bollywood release is Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu starrer October. While we can’t wait to see Varun playing against type in this unique story about love, the film also promises to be a shot in the arm for the romance genre in Bollywood. Helmed by Shoojit Sircar and penned by Juhi Chaturvedi, October also stars Gitanjali Rao, Sahil Vedoliyaa and Prashant Singh in pivotal roles.
Talking to indianexpress.com about October, director Shoojit Sircar said, “The idea was there with me from 2004. It is an intensely personal story. A few things happened in my life, which I can talk about once the film is released. So, it stayed with me since then, and then we worked on it. There is no definition to love. It is a feeling. So, I say feel October, experience October.”
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October has opened to good reviews. Critics can't stop raving about the performances of Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu in the Shoojit Sircar directorial. Also, October writer Juhi Chaturvedi is garnering praise from all quarters.
Singing sensation Monali Thakur on October
Mouni Roy cannot stop raving about October
Oct🌸ber a story thats all heart @Varun_dvn is an artist & proves he can pull any genre & make u fall in love with all the characters he plays @BanitaSandhu carries such a difficult role with such grace & makes it believable @ShoojitSircar the creator of it all. Shewli फूल❤️— Mouni Roy (@Roymouni) April 12, 2018
Acclaimed lyricist Varun Grover on October
OCTOBER is like Ghalib's teer-e-neem-kash - piercing through the heart just enough to leave you with a sense of being alive. Overwhelming, gentle, and achingly beautiful. The film to watch this week/month/year. Brilliant stuff @ShoojitSircar, @writeonj, and the entire team.— वरुण (@varungrover) April 13, 2018
Filmmaker Homi Adajania on October
@OctoberFilm2018 is brilliant! @writeonj Juhi Chaturvedi writes so well & @ShoojitSircar just knows how to tell it 👏 @Varun_dvn plays a complex, unsure, endearing, creepy, innocent, scarred character effortlessly 👊💥 Kudos @BanitaSandhu & an impressive supporting cast & crew! pic.twitter.com/za1w35B1di— homiadajania (@homiadajania) April 13, 2018
Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan on October
Can a comatose person help a man come of age? #October answers this question in a poignant and keenly observed story of Dan and Shiuli. Loved @ShoojitSircar & @writeonj's heartwarming everydayness, terrific restraint, brilliantly written characters & an outstanding ensemble!— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) April 13, 2018
Huma Qureshi on October
Dan is someone you will just fall in love with @Varun_dvn at his most endearing vulnerable sensitive .. @ShoojitSircar and @writeonj give u a film where one truly experiences selfless love .. Welcome to the movies @BanitaSandhu !! Kudos to the whole team @ronnielahiri #OCTOBER— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) April 13, 2018
Anil Kapoor congratulates Varun Dhawan for his work in October
Director Shoojit Sircar on casting Varun Dhawan in October
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Shoojit Sircar said, "I didn’t cast him because he was Varun Dhawan. We first write the script, it is the backbone and spine of my films. So, when Juhi wrote this, we didn’t have any talent in our mind. We were looking for fresh faces as we had an idea how our characters should be. Me and Varun, nowhere go together when it comes to the kind of cinema we have come across and done. I have not seen his films at all, so we didn’t cast him on that basis as well. We don’t go along at all. Casting him was unexpected. He wanted to meet me for a long time. One day, in November, he texted asking me if we could meet. I asked if he could come right away. He said he had just woken up and was dressed clumsily. I insisted that he come to my office the way he is. And he showed up in his ripped denims, a crumpled shirt and disheveled hair. He walked in and sat in front of me. I didn’t see Varun Dhawan. In my mind, I was only looking for my character. We were looking for a boy with integrity in his eyes. Suddenly there he was, in front of me, Dan."
October box office prediction
Film trade analyst Girish Johar says that with the kind of star power Varun Dhawan holds, October is bound to do well at the box office. He added, “Though October is not the typical masala film, Varun has had a good track record at the box office. Moreover, the film is being directed by Sircar who has earned his place as a reputed filmmaker with films like Vicky Donor and Piku.” Johar expects the film to collect a total of Rs 7 crore on its opening day.
Music composer Shantanu Moitra on October
The album of October is composed by Shantanu Moitra, Armaan Malik and Anupam Roy. Moitra told indianexpress.com, "October is a beautifully written love story and it has been shot beautifully too. The tune for the theme came to me naturally without putting a lot of thought into it. Shoojit and I loved it, so we were sure some people will definitely like it. We never expected that the nation will groove to the tunes of October but I also had no doubts about the music of the movie. I knew people will like it.”
Armaan Malik on October
Here’s wishing my brother from another mother @Varun_dvn only the best in life!— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) April 13, 2018
Can’t believe how mature you’ve become as an actor. With #October you, @shoojitsircar sir & @banitasandhu have changed the way people look at Bollywood.
Keep slaying, coz you’re the best! 👊🏼🔥 pic.twitter.com/gzRAsj6f4O
Indianexpress.com film critic Shubhra Gupta's review
Shubhra Gupta in her review says, "The film tells us that romance doesn’t necessarily have to play out in the metric of song-and-dance-and-high-pitched-melodrama; that it can be low-key, and unusual, can be conducted through speaking glances, rather than words."
Anushka Sharma on October
Two hotel management trainees, Dan (Dhawan) and Shiuli (Sandhu) forge an unlikely bond under the most trying of circumstances. The film is a gentle unfolding of love and loss and longing, and takes its time getting to where it’s headed. Calling it slow would be to entirely miss the point, because the rhythms of life cannot be fast-forwarded.
Nushrat Bharucha on October
After a long time, a film that makes you feel so much by saying little.. but the right little! I have fallen in love with Dan’s love, just pure! @Varun_dvn you’ve made me cry with a smile on my face. @BanitaSandhu your powerful silence❤️ I’m gonna have to watch this film again!— Nushrat Bharucha (@NushratBharucha) April 13, 2018
Kiara Advani on October
Congratulations @ShoojitSircar Sir @Varun_dvn @writeonj @BanitaSandhu and the entire team of #October for creating this gem! VD undoubtedly your best performance..you lived Dan effortlessly with that innocent carefree charm, so real and so endearing! ❤️🙌🏼— Kiara Ane Nenu (@Advani_Kiara) April 13, 2018
Yami Gautam on October
Finding hard to put my experience of ‘ October ‘ in words ..rarely does a movie evoke such deep- rooted emotions.. thank you @ShoojitSircar Da for making us hold on to moments , something which is withering away today.. And @writeonj, your Dan & Shiuli are in our hearts forever🌸— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) April 12, 2018
Varun wants to be an actor more than a star, says October producer Ronnie Lahiri
Talking about Varun Dhawan's casting for the role of Danish Wallia aka Dan, producer Ronnie Lahiri said, "I never saw Varun’s films. But one day when he came and met Shoojit in his office, Shoojit sent me his picture. In it, he looked like a regular, boy next door. The best part was Varun was ready to completely surrender himself to the film. He never asked for the entire script and trusted Shoojit. For someone who has back to back commercial hits, Varun trusting a director who doesn’t do his kind of cinema showed his hunger for good roles. I think Varun wants to be an actor more than a star."
Varun Dhawan on working with Shoojit Sircar
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar's world ripped the stardom off Varun Dhawan, leaving him vulnerable like never before. The actor had to change his walk, the pitch and the tone which he used while acting in other films. But the process that Shoojit used to get Varun into the skin of Dan, a 20-something boy made Varun feel cared about for the first time. He said, "For the first time, people were caring about how I was feeling as an actor. Before this, no one gave a damn, you just come and give your shot. But this time, people actually cared."
Writer Juhi Chaturvedi on Varun Dhawan's character in October
In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, October writer Juhi Chaturvedi talked at length about the character of Dan (Varun Dhawan) in the film. She said, “If there is something called unconditional love, something called surrender, something called ‘purity of emotions,’ like when you do things knowing that there is nothing you are going to get in return, Dan is the kind of character who will force you to believe in that kind of love.”
Varun Dhawan on October
#OCTOBER is out today. Working with @ShoojitSircar and saying @writeonj lines has been a very liberating experience for me. I believe there is DAN in all of us we just stop connecting as we grow older. This film is a film I did for everyone because of the message.— Varun DAN Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 13, 2018
DaN is yours now go meet him. #october is out now— Varun DAN Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 13, 2018
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Bollywood celebrities on October
Amitabh Bachchan: "OCTOBER film, एक पुष्प 'हरृंगार' ( harshringaar ) का, gentle, soft, श्री Krishn called it 'Paarijaat', in Bengal 'Shiuli' unique tree, does not wait flowers to give fruits or seeds... blooms in moonlight... sheds the flowers before sunrise, like a weeping shower..."
Karan Johar: "#October is absolutely beautiful... just beautiful....sucks you into its world and absorbs you completely...I felt like I was standing there with the characters and feeling their every beat and emotion....@ShoojitSircar and @writeonj are a genius team!"
Pooja Bhatt: "My heartfelt wishes to the cast & crew of #October for their release today.This is the kind of film we must support because it is made with sheer conviction,belief & most importantly by independent producers-a rare breed in a world that has been taken over by corporate mindsets."
Taapsee Pannu: "Having watched #October only one word comes to my mind “Beautiful” and that’s the feeling it leaves behind @ShoojitSircar and @writeonj you are a kickass combo! @Varun_dvn I have never seen u so effortless on screen before! @BanitaSandhu welcome to movies 💞"
Ayushmann Khurrana: "Subtlety in love is rare. And that too on the celluloid is the rarest form of cinema. #October celebrates true selfless love. @Varun_dvn’s innocence is so endearing. @BanitaSandhu is a great discovery. Thank you @ShoojitSircar da @writeonj @ronnielahiri da ♥️"
Sophie Choudry: "Ur a brilliant actor @Varun_dvn but more than that u are a beautiful human being and that’s what shows through in the way u have portrayed Dan. Such an honest, endearing, sensitive performance.I now know why this film meant so much to u❤️ Congrats & All the best team #October"