Family, relationships, conflicts and a murder. Actor turned director Konkana Sen Sharma’s feature debut A Death in the Gunj weaves all of these factors together to construct a thriller to keep you guessing till the very end. Set in the late 1970’s
A Death in the Gunj takes the viewer away from the routine big-city life to a colonial Anglo-Indian settlement, McCluskieganj in the state of Jharkhand, India. An extended family with cousins, aunts and uncles is on vacation. They chatter, eat, drink, play games, invite spirits and sing songs.
At the centre of this tale is Shutu (Vikrant Massey), a quiet young boy who has just failed in his semester exams and takes this vacation as an escape trip. Struggling to come to terms with his father’s death, Shutu is unable to meet the expectations of his family and society. Shy and vulnerable Shutu is a mirror holder to the insensitivity and inability of the majority to understand those who do not confirm to walk the trodden path.
Sharma brings together and extract intricately fine performance from her ensemble cast including Om Puri, Tanuja Mukherjee, Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh and Gulshan Devaiya.
There is an engaging drama of marital tensions, affairs and arguments. But there is much more to come, an unexplained dead body, a missing child and an unexpected implosion of violence. The retro ambience invites you to immerse in the experience of family fun, fear, frustrations, love, hate and death. See you at the screening on 17 March at Watermans Cinema. Click here for more details. Don’t forget LAFF 2017 and director Gurinder Chadha will be paying tribute to Om Puri at the Closing Gala, don’t miss out book your tickets here!
By LAFF2017 Blogger Sagar Chhatwani
After working at The Times of India & The Hindustan Times, Sagar quit the corporate life to pursue his interest in cinema. He is currently studying an MA in films at Westminster University.