Movie Review: 31st October

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Director:  Shivaji Lotan Patil

Cast: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das, Deep Raj Rana, Vineet Sharma.

Rating: 1/5

31st October 1984 is termed as one of the darkest days in the history of independent India. The murder of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by the individual responsible for her safety and the anti-Sikh riots that followed were dreadful.

It begins on the morning of 31st Oct when everything was normal and very slowly turns into a disaster for a middle-class Sikh family consisting of Davinder Singh (Vir Das) and Tejinder Kaur (Soha Ali Khan) as they try to keep their family safe. In this endeavor, they are helped by their Hindu friends.

31st October

The direction of Shivaji Lotan Patil lacks any imagination which this strong content required. Also, the movie is hit by a very poor screenplay.

31st October

Vir Das has simply proved that he is only a good comedy actor as his portrayal lacks any emotion and expression. Soha Ali Khan has done a fair job but her Punjabi accent does slip every now and then. The supporting cast of Deep Raj Rana and Vineet Sharma as the Hindu  friends who help Vir Das and his family are the only good performances.

The movie is based on the true events of that day and how innocent Sikhs were killed in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Indira Gandhi by a Sikh. It wants to convey the message of how those families are still waiting for justice from 32 years but it fails to do so in an inspiring manner.

31st October

With such strong content, it could have been a far better movie with a better cast and better direction. So for me, this movie is a No Go.