1984 anti-sikh riots is a forgotten chapter which when reopened can bring back all the grief and the feeling of anguish. 31st October 1984 is a date remembered as a day when our late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguard. It is remembered as dark day in the history of Sikh community. While it may have been a decade too late but finally a story is made on the dreadful event.
The upcoming movie 31st October, starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das in pivotal roles is set to hit on the screens soon and the trailer was released on Thursday. The backdrop of the movie is set upon the land of Punjab during the 1984 riots and gives us a peek into the lives of a Sikh family trapped in the riot affected part of Delhi. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the night of 31st October which turned out to be nightmare for most of the Sikh families. We are introduced to the tension in the first scene itself where Vir Das is begging his friend to help them escape, the very next moment we see an outrageous knock on the door looking for ‘Sardars’ to kill them.
The trailer of 31st October also pitches an emotional chord where a sentimental undertone suggests that the price of a mistake committed by a few is being paid by the whole of community.
Soha Ali Khan playing as Vir Das’s wife in the narration seems to deliver a promising performance. The actress in a recent conference gave a very strong statement saying that, “The film is not made to deliver justice. Everyone knows that justice delayed is justice denied. We made a movie to share the pain of a Sikh family which is set against that 1984 backdrop.”
The makers also revealed that they had to go through several hardships and the film faced many objections because of the controversial backdrop.
As far as the first trailer is considered, the spine chilling tale seems take us on a nerve wrecking journey. The movie is slated to hit the screens in 7th October this year.