October Trailer! Definitely a Mood Piece

I woke up at 2am and couldn’t get back to sleep, which worked out perfectly because that is also when the October teaser came out.  So I can put up this post real quick right now.

Well, I definitely want to see this movie!  So many things that are new in it.  Starting with the luxury hotel training program setting.  A great idea, a bunch of young people thrown together for a limited time.  And something that Varun can play well, that young guy with a lot of ambition and promise and gloss like you would have in hotel management, but maybe without the substance he needs.

I also like the implication that it might be unrequited love, might be Varun turning his obsession onto a woman instead of frustration with the training course.

And of course the setting is beautiful, and logical if they are working at a luxury hotel, it would be in a beautiful resort town.

Plot-wise, I am confused, but I think that is okay.  Maybe they are training together, Varun has a crush on her, she gets in an accident and he starts obsessing over visiting her in the ICU.  Or maybe it is something else.  The point isn’t the plot, but the feeling that Varun is stuck, is locked in this one place and time in his head and somehow can’t get out of it.

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13 thoughts on “October Trailer! Definitely a Mood Piece

  1. I like this trailer, but must admit I’m surprised by the story. I wasn’t expecting this kind of plot. While watching I kept wondering: which movie it reminds me? And now I know – Almodovar’s Hable con ella (Talk to her). Sure it won’t be like Hable con ella, but the part about visiting the woman in coma, who doesn’t even remember you it’s similar.

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  2. The trailer looked interesting, but honestly, I couldn’t tell where it was set! Does anyone else know if it’s supposed to be in India or a foreign country. That aside, why does the poster show Varun (yes?) with a full beard, but that look doesn’t appear anywhere in the trailer? Also, I’ve only watched about half of a Varun movie, so can someone tell me if that is really his voice? It sounded weird to me, too high pitched.

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    • It was filmed in Delhi, but based on the trailer I suspect actually a resort near Delhi.

      the voice didn’t seem noticeably odd to me, but Varun does tend to change his voice for roles, making it softer and more accented or harsher and louder. So perhaps this somewhat immature hero made him create an immature voice. And the beard, I assume, is “present day” Varun and most of the film will be flashback.

      On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 7:33 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. A bit disappointed that this is his follow up to Piku, partly because I’m not a Varun Dhawan fan and partly because it looks like this will be a humorless, melodramatic slog. Piku and Vicky Donor were both a good combo of light tone with deeper issues, but this looks lushly filmed but a bit overwrought. I’m so tired of female characters being the catalyst for male epiphany/breakthrough and this could also be a lot like Tamasha, too.

    Also reminded me a bit of Almodavar’s Talk to Her (like those above mentioned) and it wouldn’t surprise me if Sircar was influenced by it in the same way that Bhansali was influenced by The Prestige and Before Night Falls for Guzaarish.

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    • What I would love is if it interrogates the female catalyst idea a little. Looks at Varun as obsessing over and putting too much on her just because she is in a coma. And then she wakes up and is all “who are you? I have no connection to you and don’t care that you’ve been here this whole time”.

      On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 9:02 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. I’m intrigued by the premise especially by the fact that the movie might frame his obsession on that girl as something that isn’t healthy though I’m not entirely sure about the exact nature of their relationship before the accident. If it was an unrequited love thing where the two of them didn’t know each other very well/barely spoke to each other then I might find Varun’s obsession a bit creepy/weird but if they formed a strong bond beforehand then I would probably think otherwise. Judging from the reactions of the people around him I think it may lean towards the former though.

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    • The over the top romantic version would be that they were passionately secretly in love and she was in the accident before anyone else found out, and now he obsessively visits her and everyone else thinks he is crazy, but he knows the truth. I have to admit, a part of me would really love that kind of movie.

      But I suspect you are right, that it was more of a brief interaction that didn’t mean much to her and he becomes more and more obsessed after she is injured while everyone else thinks it is odd.

      On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 4:38 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  5. My impression going solely by this trailer is that these kids have gone from Hotel Management college to their first placements in the big hotel and his friends causally tell him that the girl asked about him at the end of college so maybe he had a crush on her all that time and it was a big deal to him that they didn’t tell him that she asked about him and they’re like it wasn’t a big deal. Besides they’re all stuck at the lower end and they hate their work lives already (IRL this is where 80% of them drop out of the industry because it’s all slog work) He hates it too but he’s very meticulous and dedicated to his job. Then the girl is in an accident and he takes it onto himself to visit her in the ICU everyday to the point that he can tell if she’s passed more urine than the day before and his friends tell him he can’t live like this meaning spending all day at work and all night in the hospital. And then she wakes up or something and somehow she needs to be at this hill station (I didnt understand if that was a resort or someone’s home though) and she probably doesn’t remember him but he takes care of her and his mother (?) says he has been home just twice in 10 months but that’s ok. So yeah, this is probably a depressing version of Sadma. LOL

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