News is that actor-comedian Vir Das and Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan starrer 1984 riots-based film ‘Jaane Kyon’ is now renamed as ‘31st October’. What’s more, we all came to know that the makers of the film now plan to pitch the film for various film fests too!
The film is set in the backdrop of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and is based on the real life story of a family who survived the riots on the night of October 31 that year. It’s known that hundreds of Sikhs were targeted and killed in Delhi and other places across India by mobs in fury of the assassination of the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh security guards in October 1984.
The makers of ‘31st October’ say that they want to showcase it at various film festivals as everyone can relate to it. Talking about the film, Harry Sachdeva who has produced the film told reporters, “Once you see the rushes, you all will get an idea. We are going to take the film to Berlin Film Festival, Sundance, and Cannes… It’s a true life story of a Sikh family in 1984. We begin the film with Indira Gandhi’s assassination and we show how a family survives the riot. It’s a story about one night. Through the film the message that goes out is none of us got anything with these riots and it should not happen again.
“This film is not just based on Sikh community, it’s based on Hindu and Muslim communities as well. Each and everyone will relate to this film,” Sachdeva added.
In fact Sachdeva says that the film’s director Shivaji Lotan Patil, who has the bagged best director award for his Marathi film DHAG at the 60th National Film Awards, has promised him “a National Award” for ‘31st October’!
On being asked about casting Vir and Soha in the film, Patil said that he zeroed in on the two after a lot of screen tests. It’s being said that Vir had even shed a lot of weight for the movie, to fit into his role. Spilling the details, Patil said, “We felt Soha was the best and she will justify the character. Vir has never done an intense role. He is known for his comedy, but when we auditioned him for the role,