Director Shivaji Lotan Patil’s film based on the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots comes out at a very crucial time for Hindi Film Industry: When terrorist attacks by Pakistan have made certain political parties oppose the movies made by Indians, along with threats to vandalize Indian multiplexes which might even harm a few citizens in the process all because the movies star one or two Pakistani artists.
And that’s perhaps what 31st October is about Indira Gandhi’s assassination leading to riots which killed several from the Sikh community because the act was committed by two Sikhs and led to the entire nation suffering.
Davinder Singh is a respectable man who lives a peaceful life in New Delhi with his wife and three kids. However, the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikhs on 31st October, 1984 changes things for him, his family and the entire Sikh community.
With bunch of several angry mobs on the streets searching for and killing each and every Sardaar they spot, will Davinder and his family survive the night? Or will it be a tragic end for them just like the other innocent families?
Movies with such topics end up being under one of the two categories- either way too melodramatic, or way too realistic. But director Shivaji Lotan Patil makes sure that neither does the movie come across as an over-the-top affair with heavy dosage of emotional drama, nor does it end up being way too realistic to become a favorite for film festivals. Patil keeps it simple and fresh along with pinches of emotions every now and then.
We give Shivaji Lotan Patil’s 31st October THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being a hard-hitting and gripping drama; along with great performances by all, especially Vir Das.