The trailer for 31st October featuring Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan is here and by the looks of it, the film gives off an impression of being one that will investigate communalism and crowd viciousness.
Directed by Shivaji Lotan Patel whose 2012 Marathi film Dhag won three National Awards (Best Director, Best Actress, Special Jury Mention), 31st October is a thriller that spins around the life of a Sikh family caught in mob influenced Delhi taking after the death of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on 31st October, 1984.
The 1984 anti-sikh riots have been portrayed on the large screen different times in India. Probably the most well known cases incorporate Konkona Sen Sharma-starrer Amu (2005), Kaya Taran (2004), Punjab 1984 (2014) and Chauthi Koot (2016). While Amu won the National Award for Best Feature Film in English, Chauthi Koot was screened in the Un Certain Regard area at the Cannes Film Festival a year ago.
Vir, known for his standup satire and his comic parts in movies, was most recently seen in 2016's sex-comic drama Mastizaade. Interestingly, he has gone up against an emotional part in 31st October – that of a sardar attempting to make due amid the 1984 hostile to Sikh mobs. His significant other, played by Soha Ali Khan, was most recently seen in 2016's Ghayal: Once Again.
31st October is slated to discharge on October 7 this year.