31 October Critics Review and Ratings By Taran Adarsh, Komal Nahta and Rajiv Masand

Here we bought you the critics review and ratings by all critics. 31st October in India is referred with the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi one of the dynamic leaders of India. This is the day when she was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguard. 31st October is an Indian Hindi movie which is written and produced by Harry Sachdeva and directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil. The movie stars Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan in main lead role. 31st October movie based on a true story which is focuses on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination which occurred on 31 October 1984.


31st October Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★½☆☆

You want to root for 31st October. That is the kind of film it is. You want to will it on to punch above its weight. Sadly, it is too feeble in the legs to run the distance with its heavy burden. The dawdling pace reduces the narrative to a crawl. 31st October has its heart in the right place. What it lacks is genuine firepower. Despite the anger and anguish that drives it, it is unable to whip up urgency and force. A series of title cards at the end of the film fills the audience in with broad details of what happened on that fateful day and its aftermath. It is as if the horrors that it depicts in the previous 100 minutes or so aren’t enough to get the point across.

31st October Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★½☆☆

There isn’t just one narrator or a central character. That shifts focus to some extent because sub-stories become a bit preachy about the riots. It’s all there in front of our eyes. Do we still need somebody to hammer it through our heads? If we do, then we are only going to take it as just another film about riots and not as a strictly non-repeatable crime. 31st October is an important film, especially when many have gone scot-free in the anti-Sikh riots cases even after so many years. It’s going to be 32 years in 10 days. As they say, justice delayed is justice denied.

31st October Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The fires on the riot affected streets seem very organised and carefully placed on the side. When Soha is pushed out of the bus that is set on fire, she takes forever to run away from the bus, turning around to look at it. When there are rioters on streets, no one will ask their sister and her family to leave their home and drive across the city to come to where you have found shelter! The whole premise seems to be too flimsy, and does not do justice to such a horrendous part of our recent history. Movies like Amu (directed by Shonali Bose, and starring Konkona Sen Sharma in 2005) have handled this subject with so much more sensitivity and manage to make the events shocking even to those too young to remember. The final nail in the coffin is watching Vir Das (who could not be more than 30 years old in the film) in a full white beard, old man’s shakes and all and Soha Ali Khan with white powder in her hair and an Arthritic knee tell us that justice will never be given to the victims… Such a waste of a great opportunity.

31st October Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Though the film takes its time to come to the point and focuses on the families of various Sikhs in Delhi instead of offering some background about Operation Blue Star, which had provoked the assassination, 31st October packs a powerful punch from the interval point onwards to the end credits. The sequences involving the rescue mission will surely make you sit on the edge of your seats as you find yourself silently rooting for the Singh family while chewing your fingernails. Director Shivaji Lotan Patil succeeds in weaving a thrilling story of heroism and survival with an emotional connect, though we feel that the film should have offered some background about the Blue Star issue, if only in passing.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

31st OCTOBER could have been the opportunity by the national award winning helmer Shivaji Lotan Patil to make a strong and powerful statement on screen. Unfortunately the movie ends up as a sensationally forced recall of the 1984 horror that has a feeling in its heart but fails to convincingly put it on screen.

Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

31st October, however, is a maudlin, meaningless two-hour long film where Delhi is overflowing with anti-Sikh sentiment following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The rioters are one-dimensional to the point of being funny. Shivaji Lolan Patil should understand that this is 2016 and the audience is quite capable of ‘getting’ subtlety, complexity and depth, things that are totally absent in this film. In fact, if you have actors like Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan as your protagonists, a certain kind of audience will invariably walk into the theatre; you do not to dilute the material to make it accessible.

Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Entirely too much time is spent on the set-up, the first half is dialogue-heavy but characters seem to ramble and the sound is terrible. When actors speak, you feel them dubbing the lines right there, next to you. Producer-writer Harry Sachdeva’s heart must have been in the right place, but a lot else wasn’t. In parts, the movie ends up looking like a dramatic reenactment of riots from a crime show. Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das try to be sincere but don’t have much to do. Das’s Devinder practically spends the whole second half sitting, sleeping, huffing and puffing to combat his low blood pressure.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

There has been almost nothing in mainstream Bollywood about those dark days. 31st October had the chance to re-construct that ghastly day and show just how an event can spiral out of control, and just how easily hatred can be fanned and spread when the law and order machinery has been told to look the other way. But the film has nothing – neither narrative nor engaging characters—on offer. Das is hopelessly miscast. The others fare no better. Khan at least tries hard to look the part, but cannot rise above the sheer ineptness of this enterprise, which neither tells nor shows us anything we do not know.

Review by Prasanna D Zore on Rediff

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The first half of the film moves at a languid pace as the National Award-winning director showcases the bonhomie between the two communities before the assassination. The second half equally lacks the pace that should accompany a rescue mission. Khan, as an actor, doesn’t have much to do as a mother whose mental toughness and the belief in God is put to the test. Vir Das does touch an emotional chord or two as the father of Sikh boys, who has to make a decision between staking their lives at the cost of their religious identities. Given these limitations, 31st October could be a one-time watch.

Review by IANS on Sify

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Such characters and incidents belong more to a long-running Doordarshan serial than a feature film. Much of the drama is theatrical and the acting is plainly amateurish. But 31 October is a film that must be seen more for what it tells us rather than how it says it, about a shameful chapter from Indian history. At the end we see the now-old Sikh couple, trapped in a web of frustration and rage, still waiting for justice.

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