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The curious connection between OCTOBER, Parijaat flowers & 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

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Every time filmmaker Shoojit Sircar comes up with a new film, movie-buffs are more than happy because he is one of those few filmmakers who always have something innovative up his sleeves.

 

When the announcement of his upcoming film OCTOBER starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu in the lead was made, everyone was curious to know what Shoojit has in store this time. Also, the title OCTOBER is very unusual, which further raised the curiosity levels.

 

But apart from the fact that it is a gritty slice-of-life love story nothing much has been revealed about the film, in fact there were speculations regarding the film being inspired by Hollywood’s Oscar nominated romantic science fiction HER (2013).

 

But after watching teaser and poster of OCTOBER and having a glimpse of Varun and Banita’s world we couldn’t resist figuring it out and in a bid chanced upon two theories about what could possibly this film is all about.

 


According to our first theory, the night-flowering jasmine that prominently appears in the film’s title, posters and even the teaser apparently has a deep connection with the film’s story line as well.

When we tried to decipher the connection between night flowering Jasmine and OCTOBER we came to know that this flower, popularly also known as Parijaat/Prajakta, has very interesting symbolism attached to it.

Parijaat (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) tree is also known as the ‘tree of sorrow’, because the flowers of this tree lose their brightness during daytime in fact the scientific name arbor-tristis also means ‘sad tree’. The flower is commonly known as night-flowering jasmine or coral jasmine. Night blooming jasmines are quite popular for their characteristic scent and they bloom most prominently from July through OCTOBER.

Now you must me be wondering what’s the big deal in that? Well friends there’s an interesting folklore attached to this pleasant smelling Parijaat flowers. The folklore says that a princess named Parijataka was madly in love with the Sun and she tried to win the heart of the Sun. When he rejected her, she committed suicide and a tree sprung from her ashes. Unable to stand the sight of her lover, the tree flowers only at night and sheds them like tear drops before the sun rises.

Well, this intriguing story ofParijaat might have inspired the makers of the OCTOBER to use it as a metaphor for Varun and Banita’s relationship in the film. Also, just a day back stories regarding Varun Dhawan going sleepless for a week for this film’s shoot somehow seems to be linked with the folklore of Parijaat flowers.
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Parijaat/Coral Jasmine flowers Parijaat/Coral Jasmine flowers
Parijaat/Coral Jasmine flowers

Our second theory suggests that OCTOBER might be inspired from 2009 American romantic comedy drama 500 DAYS OF SUMMER which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in the lead. Now you must be wondering how I can be so sure about this? Well guys I just tried to connect few dots and this is what I assume.

If you have seen 500 DAYS OF SUMMER then you would know that in the film Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls for Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) but unfortunately he is left heartbroken when Summer leaves him. After going through a long period of depression due to his failed relationship with Summer, towards the end of the film Tom bumps into a girl named Autumn! These two girls’ names serve as a metaphor for the actual seasons after which they are named. Summer causes harm and discomfort in Tom’s life while Autumn brings in the much needed relief.

I have a feeling that Shoojit’s OCTOBER can be on the same lines as that of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. Because from the looks of Varun in the first poster or even the teaser it appears like the film focuses on the intricacies and complexities of love and relationship. Also there is this anonymous quote which goes like “It is so strange that autumn is so beautiful yet everything is dying” perhaps Shoojit is using this quote to portray the essence of Varun –Banita’s love story in his film which he has smartly titled as OCTOBER (one of the a months of Autumn season).
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A still from 500 DAYS OF SUMMER A still from 500 DAYS OF SUMMER
A still from 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

With the film’s trailer being unveiled next week, we all will anyway come to know if these assumptions turn out to be true or not. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories and if you agree with our theories then drop in your comments/views on the same in the comment section below.
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