31st October

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31st October

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The Movie ’31st October” is an Indian Hindi film. The Flim written and produced by Harry Sachdeva and Directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil.

The Flim, based on a true story, focuses on the aftereffect of Indira Gandhi assassination which happened on 31 October 1984.

Mehboob and moazzam write the Song Lyrics and songs composed by Vijay Verma.

The album released on 14th September 2016 under the Zee Music Company music label.

 

The features of Movie is

  1. Soha Ali Khan as Tajinder Kaur
  2. Vir Das as Davinder Singh
  3. Lakha Lakhwinder Singh as Yogesh
  4. Deepraj Rana as Pal
  5. Vineet Sharma as Tilak
  6. Nagesh Bhonsle as Inspector Dahiya
  7. Daya Shankar Pandey
  8. Pritam Kagne
  9. Sezal Sharma

 

About 31 October Story

The Flim, based on a true story, focuses on the aftereffect of Indira Gandhi assassination which happened on 31 October 1984 anti-Sikh riots, decisively checks the first box.

The producer Harry Sachdeva inspired by true incidents on 31st October make a fair fist of recreating the darkest days in the history of independent India.

31st October makes the right noises but is incapable of leading and landing its blows with the ferocity that could make the audience all pumped up.

 

Story Of Movie

The 31 October in Movie tells the story of a middle-class Sikh family to live in Delhi cringing in fear in their home and evading the attention of a ravaging, murderous crowd on the day of Indira Gandhi assassination.

It is a day begins as innocently as any others. Davinder Singh an employee of the Delhi Electricity Supply Undertaking (DESU), work after escorting his two sons to their school bus and paying homage at the local gurdwara.

His wife Tejinder Kaur goes about her daily household chores, much of which revolves around caring for her baby daughter.

In the beginning of the 31st October opens at 6;30 in the earlier morning.  A group of Sikhs and Hindus prepping for a langar at a gurdwara. It is business as common for residents of Tilak Nagar.

In an hour India changes forever. A serving Prime Minister is rifled down by the very men trusted with the job of protecting her. Innocent people are sucked into the whirlpool of the madness and violence that the act unleashes.

By mid-afternoon, all Hades breaks loose. An India-Pakistan limited-overs international is immediately forgotten as news comes that Indira is dead.

Packs of men armed with swords and hockey sticks take to the streets and go on a hacking and burning spree, targeting Sikhs and their homes, shops, Policemen look on without raising a finger.

On 31st October its heart in the right place. What it lacks is genuine firepower. Despite the violence and agony that drives it, it is unable to whip up urgency and force.

A set of title cards at the end of the film fills the audience in with full details of what happened on that deadly day and its aftereffect. It is as if the fears that it depicts in the previous 100 minutes are not enough to get the point across.

31st October suffers for lack of a sharper and stronger screenplay. The quality of the acting is rather rudimentary.

The Flim can certainly have done with a more appropriate lead pair then Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das, neither of any other look right for the characters of a Sikh man and his wife.

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31st October tends no punches in exposing the embarrassing role of the police, but it mentions no party or leader. However, spot at least a couple of characters who relate to real-life Delhi net as involved in inciting violence against Sikhs on those four days of total disorder.

Knocks on the front door are usually heard at the home of Davinder and Tejinder. It spins out that a DESU lineman Jhanjuram is keeping a watch over them.

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Other righteous Hindus, friends of Davinder’s brother-in-law, surface and take upon themselves the arduous task of rescuing the stranded Sikh family.

Pal, Tilak, and Yogesh team up for the rescue mission. How the brave do-gooders and the family they want to save negotiate the perils on the way is what the rest of film is about. Too much time has expanded on not so important subplots.

All the dangerous encounters, mainly those that they have with a cavalier cop, Inspector Dahiya, are not enough to create the air of fear that is needed to push the drama ahead.

31st October springs to life hardly. An undefine drunkard gives a Sikh man chased by a crowded shelter.

Such is the atmosphere on the streets in the film banks upon what look like two wheelers on fire to convey fear and foreboding that even when the sloshed man lights a beedi, the act bids a sense of menace. But such moments are far between.

Its theme is of pressing relevance. 31st October does not leave a lasting impression. It is not half the film it could, and should, have been.

 

The Movie is released on 21st October

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