Riot drama 31st October gets mixed reviews

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Soha Ali Khan…A viewer said she doesn’t look like a Sikh. 

After censor cuts and legal problems 31 st October was released on Friday.

Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das-starrer has received mixed reviews from critics.

The film is dealing with the anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of former Indian prime minster Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards.

Hindustan times which gives it a rate of 2 and half out of 5 stars saying “it gets a bit stretched despite the 102-minute length. Twists are predictable and secondary actors appear half prepared. Also, they keep shifting gears between Punjabi and Hindi. 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”.

NDTV said: “31st October makes the right noises but is unable to direct and land its blows with the ferocity that could get the audience all pumped up. Its message is unambiguous – justice still eludes the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and it is about time we as a nation did something about it. 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. Its theme is of pressing relevance. Yet, 31st October doesn’t leave a lasting impression. It isn’t half the film it could, and should, have been.”

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Firstpost said: “31st October subjects us to mediocre production quality, third-rate dialogue writing and bad acting. An array of terrible extras are rolled out for the bit parts and even for significant satellite roles. Two irritating girls are cast as the lead couple’s children. Apart from the fact that actors styled to resemble Congress politicians H K L Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are shown engineering the riots, there is nothing worth noting in this film.”

According to an Indian Express video we watched the film touched a raw nerve of the generation born after the 31st October 1984.

One older woman who knew about the trauma said that the film does not portray reality and gave the film a three rating. She added that Soha Ali Khan does not look like a Sikh woman. She praised the acting of Vir Das.

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Another gentleman also agreed with her views gave two stars saying the assassination which is a very important part of the film had been blanked out.

A young man who gave the film four out of five was deeply touched by the theme and also praised the acting. – CINEWS

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