OCTOBER : First Watch Review

Dan (played by Varun) is a hotel management student, doing his internship at a well known Delhi hotel along with his batch mates. In a tragic incident, one of his colleagues Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) has to get admitted in the hospital. This effects Dan deeper than he could imagine and embarks on a journey searching for answers and finding love in the strangest of circumstances.

Review: The movie says a lot, without really speaking much. It is a film on love, Dan’s pure and simple view on love and Shiuli’s silent, uncomplaining nature. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the characters and Shoojit Sircar has nailed it. Though a bit clumsy and careless, Dan is a bit different from the average Delhi guy, blunt and straightforward. He has a weird innocence that makes him dear to everyone. Until the tragedy, Dan and Shiuly share nothing more than a few glances and some mandatory casual conversation. It is after the incident when Dan starts to discover himself leaning towards her world and feels something blooming among themselves.

The direction and screenplay have tried to breathe life into every scene and has been very successful in it. The film runs with a leisurely momentum. It introduces you to its characters and skillfully entangles you into the story, without you knowing about it. Suddenly you are no more an audience but a live witness to what’s happening in there. The director has not failed to put in some humor too, but in its lightest form, leaving the pace of the story undisturbed. The dialogues are well crafted by Juhi Chaturvedi and cling to what the story wants to say. Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography combined with the eloquent background score is nothing but pure poetry and will make Dan and Shiuli’s love story linger in your mind long after you watched it.

Strongly recommended with 4 stars from SpicyTrivia’s Reviewing Desk.

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