‘31st October’ receives standing ovation at the London Indian Film Festival


An Indian film based on the backdrop of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots received a standing ovation after it was screened at the London Indian Film Festival recently.

Directed by National Award-winning director Shivaji Lotan Patil and produced by Harry Sachdeva, ‘31st October’ is the first mainstream film in Bollywood set on the on the historical date of 1984.

It is based on the true life story of a Sikh family stuck in Delhi on the day of 31st October, the day then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.


After the overwhelming response that the film received in London, actor Vir Das commented, “The experience was great. During my interactions with the people at the festival, I informed them that I’m not normally a person you will see at film festivals because of the kind of films I do but 31st October being my first drama needs to be showcased at a platform like London Indian Film Festival. The movie is a simple story of a family set at the backdrop of a big day in history. It’s a simple story about how you try to save your family and do everything required to save them.”

Produced under the banner of Magical Dreams, the movie stars Soha Ali Khan and Das in the lead roles along with Dayashankar Pandey, Vineet Sharma, Deep Raj Rana, Raj Saluja, Nagesh Bhosle and Sezal Sharma in supporting roles.