Director Shoojit Sircar today wrapped up the shooting of his film October, a Delhi-set slice-of-life love story, starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu in the lead role. The film’s team finished the last day of the shoot in Manali and Sircar says they will celebrate it with a small party.
“Yes, there is a party. It is really cold in Manali and we have have an early morning flight to catch. We are happy and relieved that we have finished the shoot before time,” Sircar told PTI over phone. The director, best known for his films such as Vicky Donor, Piku and Pink, says October will explore a different side of Delhi.
“I find a lot of character in Delhi. I am familiar with the city and the people. It is always very comforting to return to Delhi. I will explore the romantic side of the city this time.” The director has teamed up with Varun for the first time and is all praise for the actor. “I think he is very bright. He is trying to open up to different genres. Actors should keep exploring different genres, stories and directors. At the end of the day, you have to challenge yourself.”
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) November 29, 2017
Banita Sandhu is making her Bollywood debut with October. Shoojit has earlier directed her in one of his commercials, and thought she had a certain ‘freshness’ to add to the film.
“When it comes to the genre of romance, it is always beautiful to see a fresh pairing. Something about seeing their chemistry blossom through the reels of the film, makes you feel a part of their journey from the very beginning. For October, that was one of the main reasons why I chose Banita for the lead role opposite Varun. She had acted in one of my earlier commercials; the ad not just turned out to be really good but we also found the character that we were looking for in her. I’m very happy with her performance as an actor,” the director added.
Sircar’s producing partner Ronnie Lahiri said they would release the film on April 13 next year via their company Rising Sun Films.
“There is not much gap between shooting and the release as we did not want to delay the release as we have a good film in our hands and there is no point in waiting.” Lahiri said they finished the shoot in just 38 days and ahead of schedule. “We loved collaborating with Varun. It was a great atmosphere on the sets. It was never pack and to my room for Varun. He would usually hang out with the crew.”
Varun Dhawan too has shared the pictures from the sets of October on Twitter with a caption that read, “October wraps in November. Will release in April and will stay with you forever.”
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