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31st October - review

  • Merkwürdige Liebe

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Rated 
    2.0
    Desimartini | Updated - October 21, 2016 5:02 PM IST
    2.9DM (266 ratings)

    Verdict - A film that's all facts and no drama. 

    31st OctoberWatch trailerRelease date : October 21, 2016

    31st October, directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil and written by Harry Sachdeva, recounts the horrors of the anti-Sikh massacres that took place after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31st October, 1984. The film tells the story of the couple electricity board employee Devender (Vir Das) and his homemaker wife Tejinder (Soha Ali Khan.)

    The film opens on the titular day, the characters go about their daily routine which involves Devender dropping his kids off to school and stopping by the Gurudwara. The film then gets too eager to include all the facts in a listless manner - it practically screams "Look! This much of research went into it!" However, it falls way short of being a compelling drama.

    The film is unflinching in its portrayal of the horrors of thee massacres, but its narrative lacks coherence and after a point, things just get too random. This is a film with its heart in the right place, but it lacks the filmmaking finesse of this year's superb Chauthi Koot.

    31st October plays out more like a dry document of the events - it's got potentially compelling material at hand, but it's clueless about what to do with it.

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