A Death in the Gunj – Movie Review


A Death in the Gunj is a very beautiful movie written and directed by well-known Bollywood actress Konkona Sensharma. The film gives you the feel of an old art-house film or the new-age indie films in which the makers have tried to present everything realistic, and as expected this is actually inspired by some true events.

Set in 1979, this coming of age drama follows a group of friends and a child who are on a family trip to McCluskieganj, and one of the members include a shy, reclusive guy named Shutu — who is trying to escape from his failed semester.

While this movie is not all about Shutu, it’s kind of revolves around his life while other characters support the storyline that floats in between genres with elements of suspense. While I must say that this is a well-directed movie, the screenplay and acting by every individual on screen together makes A Death in the Gunj a treat to watch.

The film is no doubt predictable in a sense, and the name of the film is very much makes the motives very much clear, but still it is quite enjoyable. Death in the Gunj is also entertaining because of the fact that the director-writer Konkona Sensharma has developed her characters very strong with diverse personalities.

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Death in the Gunj is very much relatable with similar kind of relationships and family dynamics in present day. Again the presence of actors like Om Puri, Tanuja, Ranvir Shorey and Kalki Koechlin further ensures the story to move smoothly while leaving space for viewers to make the finer connections.

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Director: Konkona Sensharma
Genres: Drama
Starring: Shutu (Vikrant Massey), Mimi (Kalki Koechlin), Bonnie (Tilottama Shome), Nandu (Gulshan Devaiah), Tani (Arya Sharma), Anupama Aunty (Tanuja), Bakshi Uncle (Om Puri), Vikram (Ranvir Shorey), Brian (Jim Sarbh)
Language: English and parts in Bengali
Released on: June 2, 2017

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