A thriller about a Sikh family trapped in a riot-affected part of Delhi during the anti-Sikh riots following Indira Gandhi's assassination.

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Credited cast:
Lakhwinder Lakha ...
Yogesh
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Inspector Dahiya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pritam Kagne ...
Dilpreet
Pritam Kangne
Deep Raj Rana ...
Pal
Aksshat Raj Saluja ...
Luvleen
Sezal Sharma
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Tilak
Gurjeet Singh
Dhruv Souran ...
Pappu Singh
Maneet Vaghadia ...
Gudiya
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On 31st October 1984, Prime Minister of India gets assassinated by her Sikh Security Guards. Politicians use this incident to spark public hatred towards the Sikhs labelling them as traitors. Devender Singh and his family are stuck in their house as their city plummets. In 24 hours of uncertain oscillations, helplessness and with their relatives dying and neighbours turning hostile, Devender's family seek help from their Hindu friends who live across town. As Pal , Tilak and Yogesh travel to save Devender's family, they come face-to-face with the destruction of humanity. They witness the carnage and the moral corruption that makes men turn into savages. In their attempt in ferrying Devender's family to safety , Pal , Tilak and Yogesh must face their own demons first.

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In a scene where kids who played twins in the movie wait for the school bus, are seen two girls in school uniform waiting for same school bus are in fact boys and the twin kids who played boys in the movie are in fact twin girls in real life. See more »

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Fonts of "Yogesh Band" behind the Ambassador car that carry Devinder's family keep changing. See more »

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The Horror! The Horror! ♦ Grade C-
7 November 2016 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

What happened in Delhi and elsewhere in North India in the days following the assassination of former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, is gore insanity, to say the least. And this crime thriller here tries to reinvent one of those days with sheer pithiness and smallest fractions of the darkness, which engulfed the whole country in the final months of 1984.

Davinder Singh (Vir Das) is an office-goer who lives with his wife, Tajinder (Sohan Ali Khan), and two young sons in a quiet neighborhood. Immediately following the assassination, violence erupts in the whole state and nearby places, with Sikhs and Punjabis targeted for a crime committed by few nobodies. The story follows Davinder's, a low blood pressure patient, and his family's struggle for survival in a town filled with angry people who are out to draw endless flow of innocent blood.

The film adopts a slow burning narrative, and thus, will take its own time to hook the audience into the story which begins to gather moss only after the 20th minute. The single event about the family is what it mostly focuses on, with tidbits about random killings and unnecessary side stories. One will feel his/her heart thumping as the going gets tough for Davinder's family.

Surprisingly, there's no hint of any political backing behind the genocidal killings. The makers should have added few references, at least as conspiracy theories, to make the plot even more convincing. Still, the formulaic story takes a stand in itself and shows the darkness that happened more than 30 years ago. The makers clearly found the inspiration to make the film based on the topic's notoriety, and serve a virtual case for the victims, the kin of whom are still suffering to this day.

While Das is credible in his portrayal as a Sikh, Khan puts up a mundane act. She never really gels with the other characters despite them being her family members. Their dialogues also do not come out right as far the Sikh language is concerned. But, all this can be overlooked since the film has the capability to hook you.

Conclusively, other than narrating the heartbreaking story about the struggle for one's life in times of man made insanity, it also speaks about the virtue: it is not the appearance that makes a man of certain religion, but the heart and the faith.

BOTTOM LINE: Shivaji Lotan Patil's "31st October" is a slow-burning affair narrating real-life events that need to be watched so as to understand what extents humans can go in the name of patriotism and religious hatred. Rent a DVD!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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