Varun Dhawan in October is an exquisite portrayal of a lover who waits


All he does is wait. He waits for her to move her eyes and acknowledge that she knows him. Dan as a lover exchanges words of love in silence and waits for its reciprocation in similar quietude. Dan as a lover is in a perpetual state of waiting. Related News
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Other than exploring grief and empathy, Shoojit Sircar’s October also presents an exquisite portrayal of a lover who is in no hurry. Dan, a cranky intern at the five-star hotel, asks too many questions and fails to exercise restraint when needed. He waits without any vocal encouragement or noise. What else do you do when you are not smiling at your lover or walking with them by your side, basking in their presence? A lover is perhaps doomed to wait. He lacks tact and is difficult to like. You wait for them to remember you. Dan as a lover is unlike most lovers one would generally encounter in the landscape of Bollywood love stories. Other than exploring grief, empathy and mortality, Shoojit Sircar’s film also presents an exquisite portrayal of a lover who is in no hurry. He also waits perhaps for the wait(ing) to end, or maybe not. And by bringing this intrinsic aspect of love to the fore, Varun Dhawan portrays the lover Bollywood generally does not endorse. He waits for her to forgive him when he leaves without a word. The sparse dialogues, the conspicuous absence of any songs and the detachment of romance from a love story are not tropes one generally associates with them. The idea of waiting is an integral part of love but seldom explored. October stars Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu. You wait for them to know that you are waiting and you wait for them to come back to you. The girl in question, Shiuli, played by Banita Sandhu, had moments before fallen down from a hotel she was working in. “Waiting is an enchantment,” he writes and then goes on to describe a lover as one whose “fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits”. You wait for them. He also needs to see her recover. He waits for her to respond. While her mother and siblings remain quiet, Dan, played by Varun Dhawan, her co-worker, evades his glance and says, “She might not remember who you are, but at least you all remember who she is.” He had barely exchanged a smile with her in the past but was now a constant by her side. Yet when he hears from his colleagues that Shiuli had casually and perhaps incidentally asked about him before the fatal fall, he visits her regularly and doggedly. And neither does one anticipate one of them to wait for the other, with such persistence and resolve. He needs to tell her why he was not there. He waits for her to smell the flowers he so religiously gathers and scatters near her pillow. In many ways, October changes the narrative of love stories in Bollywood. French theorist Roland Barthes in his book A Lover’s Discourse, dedicates a chapter on waiting.