October, starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu, has touched millions of hearts with its unconventional and powerful love story. The film opened on a decent note and then picked up pace at the box office. On its opening day, October collected Rs 5.04 crore and on Day 2, it has minted Rs 7.47 crore. On Sunday, the film earned Rs 7.74 crore. In three days of its release, October stands at Rs 20.25 crore.
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, October tells the story of Dan (Varun Dhawan), whose life changes after his colleague Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) undergoes a terrible accident. It is about numerous battles; interpersonal and intra-personal.
In an interview with a leading daily, Shoojit said, "It wasn’t like I wanted to work with Varun Dhawan. I saw him in my office one day and I just found some kind of honesty and innocence in him which I was looking for my character. I went on with him purely on instincts. Though he was an overnight sensation, a star, but there was something really ‘teenage’ and ‘young’ in him."
Meanwhile, in a conversation with Pinkvilla, talking about the impact October had on him, Varun revealed, "This film has had such a big impact on me that after finishing the shoot, there were days when I was just alone. I couldn't meet people. I didn't want to interact too much with people and I just felt that...I was just viewing my life and I was like why am I living it in this way and I made some changes to what kind of person I am. I've tried to put that back in my work. It's almost like someone put a reset button on me."
October was a tight-packed schedule of just 37 days but Varun was so invested in his character that he was sad to let go. "I've never been more unhappy when a film has been over. I just wanted to stay in that zone with these amazing people who are doing what they were doing. This is the only film where I have not looked at the monitor when I have given a shot, this is the only film. Knowing me with all the films I have done, I will always go look at the monitor. This is the only film where I, for some reason, did not go and check the monitor, I was not going only," Varun said.