October: a good intention gone woefully wrong.
One thing I can definitely credit the makers of October for is the fact that sold the movie exactly as it is. In the trailer itself we could see what was going to be in the movie. It was not going to have comedy, only some subtle humour, there were not going to be intense scenes or romantic scenes, even there were no songs in the trailer I think. That trailer might have drowned my excitement for the movie, but it also prepared me for what kind of movie this was going to be.
I honestly think this movie wasn't good for a feature-length format. It should have been like a short film, 15 minutes. If Varun really wanted some praise for his acting then he would have gotten that from that short film, and he wouldn't have had to break his successful films streak. The makers I think were being dishonest with themselves about the movie too. There just isn't enough stuff there to make a movie. Some people say that it reminds them of an arty Hollywood movie, but even in US a movie like this would not have been a hit. Any producer who wants to make HIT movie would know from the script that movie is not for a big audience. It is extremely niche.
Way too many things about the movie are in abstract. You can say that the makers want you to really pay attention and come up with your own answers, but I honestly think that they themselves did not know what they were trying to do. So many things are there in the movie that make you ask why is it like this, why is this character feeling this way, why is this character is acting this way.
So who is this movie for? Well, for people who like to come to their own conclusions, for people who really enjoy the atmosphere, for people who are looking for movies that break away from the herd, for people who enjoy beautiful shots. But if you are someone looking for entertainment or meaning, or even a good plot, this is not for. Even the great song "Theher Ja" is not in the movie.
As far as acting is concerned, Varun is good. He is not extraordinary or something, but he does justice to the character, and you can see his trying to really prove himself. Banita is beautiful, but she is barely given anything to se. The woman playing Banita's mom is great in the movie, really showing the pain a parent goes through in such a situation. Other small characters like Banita's siblings, her nurse, are also well casted and do a good job.
Audience report: I think around 12-13 people were in the cinema, and 6 of them walked out around interval point. First time I have seen so many people walk out of a movie so early and willingly.
Box office opinion: I do not see this movie being a success at all. Expect a big drop on Monday.
My rating: 2.5/5.
Advice to people involved: Shoojit sir, you are at your best when making slice-of-life comedy type movies like VD and Piku, please go back to that zone. Varun, you are a good actor but please do not go so far in trying to prove yourself to someone. Banita, you have good potential and you are beautiful, try to pick a few commercial movies after this.