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Toronto Film Review: ‘A Death in the Gunj’

21 September 2016 12:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shot in the once utopian, now decaying Anglo-Indian community of McCluskiegunj, brittle, late 1970s-set “A Death in the Gunj” tells the story of a sensitive university student unraveling while on a week-long vacation with a crowd of cocksure relatives and family friends. The indie drama is perhaps of greatest interest as the feature writing-directing debut of actress Konkona Sensharma (“Mr. and Mrs. Iyer,” “Omkara,” “Life in a Metro”), daughter of the revered actress-writer-director Aparna Sen, and will resonate most with locals and Indian expats who can appreciate the nuances related to class and family position that outsiders might not catch. After opening the Mumbai fest in October, “Gunj” should segue to further fest play.

Making the eight-hour drive from “Cal” — short for Calcutta — to the gracious home of Auntie (Tanuja Mukherjee) and Uncle (Om Puri) in the Gunj in Bihar province are their controlling son Nandu (Gulshan Devaiah), his attractive »

- Alissa Simon

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