Blind critic movie review of 31st October
A blind perspective:
The rare Hindi film 31st October focused on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
It revolves around the violent treatment that the Sikh community had to face.
It shows the innocent lives lost during the riots after PM Indira Gandhi’s murder by her Sikh guards.
The film starts with the introduction of some good-nature and god-fearing beings.
And, on the other side, it effectively shows how common people become rioters within few hours.
The murder of Mrs. Gandhi had led to shocking violence in the national capital.
Large group of people run through many parts of Delhi, burning and killing Sikhs, and destroying their properties.
The film succeeds in creating that atmosphere of fear and tension.
But with a powerful subject in hands, it fails to create that impact to be remembered for a long time.
The entire timeline of those dark 4 days is shown on the screen but visually impaired listeners go unaware of the same if have not read about it before.
All the noise, knocks on the doors, sound effects help to stay connected.
There is no central character and many stories of riots are included.
Honestly, 31st October is only a one-time watch if you're aware of this entire politically pre-planned chapter.
A sighted perspective:
31st October is a Hindi film which stars Vir Das (as Davinder Singh) and Soha Ali Khan (as Tajinder Kaur) in important roles.
It is based on a true story. It shows the mentality of society towards the Sikh community after Indira Gandhi’s murder by her Sikh bodyguards. The event happened on 31 October 1984.
The film tries to recreate the history on-screen after 32 years with a very simple narration and direction.
The film has its own melodramatic moments, a slow-paced screenplay and average acting by the characters.
Go for the film if you want to understand the pain and sufferings of the victims from a Sikh family’s perspective.