Film:nbsp;31st October

Director: Shivaji Lohan Patel

Cast: Soha Ali Khan Vir Das Lakha Lakhwinder Singh Pritam Kagnenbsp;Deepraj Rana and Vineet Sharma


Zooming back to the year 1984 to trace the timeline ofnbsp;October 31 Shivaji Lohan Patel’s directorial recounts the episodes that took place after the former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

With immense passion grit and couragenbsp;31stnbsp;Octobernbsp;calls attention to the heart-wrenching brutal murder of Sikh families as men and women were ripped thrashed and burnt alive in broad daylight.

Narrating the story of one family the film puts the spotlight on Vir Das who plays Davinder Singh and Soha Ali Khan who essays the role of his wife Tajinder Kaur.

While the film’s intent is true to its colours the script falters at many points during its one-hour 49-minute narration.

Awfully slow the beginning bores you and the director senselessly takes too much time to establish the story.

As the trail of the sad saga continues few scenes completely rip your heart and take you back to those dark hours when friends turned into foes as soon as they saw a turban or anbsp;kadanbsp;on the streets.

Armed with hockey sticks swords knives kerosene and match sticks hooligans march on the streets and target each Sikh family to the point of probing each Hindu whether they have kept anynbsp;Sardarnbsp;hidden inside.

Amidst the ruckus and riots willnbsp;Davinder and Tajinder be able to safely relocate their family? The drama ahead takes you into the depths of the dark thriller.

The actors live up to their roles and make an attempt to bring out their best. Soha performs with natural ease. Vir however tries hard to get into the shoes of a Sardar. He manages to tick the right boxes but his efforts are quite evident.

The supporting cast plays a good role in taking the thread forward but apart from Deepraj Rana and Vineet Sharma the performances are not upto the mark. nbsp;

The cinematography and editing manage to swoop ahead of the failing line but could have been way better. The amateur angles make you cringe throughout.

Keeping up to its pace of thrill and curiousity the story manages to strike a chord until the unnecessary ldquo;Bollywood dramardquo; towards the climax ruins the spirit.

The fluff in the thinking cap of the writers is glaring and it hurts as it destroys the fury and wrath building up inside. You canrsquo;t help but wondernbsp;mdash;nbsp;how can one get out from behind a locked car trunk?

Apart from the dramatic end the film is average and pays tribute to the thousands of innocent lives lost on the ill-omened day in its forthright style.

The film could have left a lasting impression but it loses the golden opportunity to climb up the ladder due to a few missteps.