’31st October’ Movie Review: Poor execution of this intense story can’t save the film

’31st October’ Movie Review: Poor execution of this intense story can’t save the film

Cast: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das

Direction: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Producer: Harry Sachdeva

Duration: 1 hour 42 minutes

Rating: 2.5

There have been many films based on the political scenario and the history of the Independence era. Here comes a film ’31st October’ that is based on the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi that took place on October 31, 1984. The movie did face a lot of controversies owing to the sensitive subject but it finally hits the theatres on October 21, 2016.

The star cast is headed by Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das who play the roles of a married Sikh couple Devendra Singh and Tajinder Kaur leading a normal life in Delhi. But, their normal life is turned topsy-turvy after the assassination of the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The murder of PM Indira Gandhi leads to the rise of anti-Sikh riots. The lives of Devendra Singh and his family are turned upside down due to this havoc. Their friends provide them shelter in a Hindu home. Will they be able to survive in these riots? This forms the crux of the story.
This is a story of one of the most important historical tragedies that struck India and its aftermath was indeed disastrous.

Talking about the performances, Soha Ali Khan is okay whereas Vir Das has managed to give a strong performance. The supporting cast comprising of actors like Deepraz Rana, Vineet Sharma and Daya Shankar Pandey have also managed to hold their roles well. The music by Vijay Verma is okay and not superlative. The only song that actually stays with us is ‘Yaqeen’ crooned by Sonu Nigam. The cinematography by Ramani Rajan Das is fine while the background score by Surender Sodhi is impressive as it holds the story well. Some of the scenes in the movie are well-shot but producer Harry Sachdeva, Amit Tuli and Basant Kashyap’s co-writing could not help better the overall execution of the movie.

Overall, the execution of the story could have been much better and the performances too. The only reason why you want to watch this movie is to recall the entire incident that occurred on that unfateful night.


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