Shoojit Sircar explains the origin of Varun Dhawan starrer October

May be she was listening. These youngsters when they do these things, it inspires me. Is he still in love? The mothers play a very strong part. So she came up with this thought and during Piku, we started working on it.”
Q) Is that why the fact that your mother was in coma and Juhi’s was on ventilator that October has really strong mothers? I kept it open for people to interpret. He saw her as a normal girl.”
Q) The pace of October is so life-like. I don’t know if I was exactly like Dan, but I went through similar things which any coma patient’s family goes through. What was the trick to make the film engaging even if nothing monumental is happening at the screenplay level? He’ll do something silly and laugh at himself, if he does something which is the best, he’ll still laugh and say ‘I know you didn’t like.’ That’s his biggest gift. Were you Dan at any point of your life? 2018-04-21T06:50:23+05:30″>
Published: April 21, 2018 6:50:23 am

Director Shoojit Sircar says the challenge was not to make the film October a melodramatic one. A: “It definitely had a deep impact, it was a learning (experience) and since then I knew everything what happens in a comatose situation. To hold on to yourself, not let it go, not to play it to the gallery, not to be melodramatic while still being realistic was a challenge… I had to restrain myself,” Sircar says. In medical science, there is a debate that coma patients listen to every conversation.”
Q) The turnaround for Dan happens when he visits Shuili in the hospital and then later he gets completely fixated when he gets to know that her last words before the accident were ‘Where is Dan?’ Did he get obsessed with it because his life was aimless and he saw a purpose in those words? I’ve gone through these dilemmas.”
Q) What did that period do to you? Related News
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Some people feel Shuili should’ve survived. A: “Well, his life was aimless and he still didn’t find a purpose. She went into coma in 2004 for three and a half months in Delhi. It’s an absolute uncharted territory.”
Q) So was October one of the first stories you wanted to share with the world before you made Yahaan? She discovered him only through hospital visits. But he did this thing very selflessly.”
Q) Did Shuili die happy? When she calls out his name in the end, she possibly conveyed what she wanted to. Constant debates within the family and doctors- to pull or not to pull the plug. The unparalleled love of a mother is always there for the kids, specially when they’re growing up and about to leave the family and go away. A: “With my mother, I was Dan. A: “You have to be with the character, the camera has to be in the milieu, my landing of the audience has to be directly in the middle of the ICU, they should be ‘ghera-oed’ by that situation. A: “The story came from Juhi (storywriter, Chaturvedi) but my only instruction to Juhi was, ‘Can there be an unconditional love portrayed like a mother and child through a relationship.’ That was my basic idea. Coma became my study since then. When he saw her body, it affected him and that’s what we felt that he never saw her as a patient. That’s a big debate which goes on when someone is on a ventilator for months. May be not, may be yes. My brief to my DoP and actors is just that- the audience should be there with you and not watch you from a distance.”

Q) How has October changed you? “Talking to her, waiting, sleeping in the hospital, the crunches of the money. Sircar is elated that both the film and his “directorial craft” from cinematography, music, editing to the treatment of charactershas been appreciated. A: “Yes, absolutely. In an interview with PTI, the director explains the origin of October, why his characters behave the way they do in the film and his biggest take away from it. We thought, in the end, when he takes home the Shuili plant, he got his Shuili back. “I had never tried this genre. When he went to the hospital, he got sucked into that world. A: “What it has done is, you start building faith in actors like Varun Dhawan who become so brave and jump into your world and give it their all. “What I’ve realised about Varun is that he can laugh at himself. They let go, they love selflessly.”

Q) Was there a debate between you and Juhi about the end. A: “Yes, we kept on talking about how it should go but we both agreed that it has to end this way. Juhi’s mother was also on ventilator for a long time. Excerpts:
Q) You previously mentioned that the film draws heavily from your personal experiences. I left that open.