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A Death in the Gunj (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 June 2017 (India)
Life for a shy young Indian student slowly falls to pieces during a family road trip.

Director:

Konkona Sen Sharma

Writers:

Disha Rindani (additional screenplay), Konkona Sen Sharma
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kalki Koechlin ... Mimi
Vikrant Massey ... Shutu
Gulshan Devaiah ... Nandu
Ranvir Shorey ... Vikram
Tanuja ... Anupama Bakshi (as Tanuja Mukherjee)
Om Puri ... O.P. Bakshi
Tillotama Shome ... Bonnie
Jim Sarbh ... Brian
Aparna Sen ... Shutu's mother (voice)
Ashok Pathak Ashok Pathak ... Maniya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chandram Bhagat Chandram Bhagat ... Maniya's Friend
Shimanti Kumari Shimanti Kumari ... Manjari's Friend
Canteen Majid Canteen Majid ... Mr. Curney
Utam Mishra Utam Mishra ... Post Office Clerk
Promila Pradhan Promila Pradhan ... Purnima
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A Death in the Gunj is a coming of age story that centres around Shutu, our protagonist, and his conflicted ideas of masculinity. He finds himself navigating the blurred lines of what is accepted in society and questions his own space within the world. The everyday callousness of the adults around him contributes to his intense feelings of isolation despite being surrounded by his family. The emotional violence that we as a society inflict upon others unwittingly is what cumulatively leads to a kind of destruction that is irrevocable. Written by Rajneesh

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Country:

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Language:

English | Hindi | Bengali

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (India) See more »

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This is is the directorial debut of Konkana Sen Sharma. See more »

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In Shotu's marksheet, subject names are not written. See more »

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Mimi: [about Shotu] You're so pretty. You could be a girl.
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Only if someone could have LOVED Shutu
21 July 2017 | by Raj DoctorSee all my reviews

Today I saw "Death in the Gunj"

It is a slow movie. But once you have patience and if you can soak into its characters - The Bangla bourgeois culture, their liberalism, their talks, the way they look and behave (making the casting perfect); and if you can sustain yourself absorbed till the end the impact of the movie is not good but Overwhelming... Especially for those who have a sensitive soul, who can feel deep down the anguish and pain of a single individual.

Here the single individual is Shutu (Vikram Massey) whose character and psyche is known to us through peeling of each layer through small exchanges of dialogues and incidences. Shutu lost his father when he was 7 years, he does not have a good relation with his mother, who always scolds him, he is bad in studies, and has failed, he is bullied by his friends and talked down and even beaten by this elder brother. He is simple, shy, incoherent, child-like and finds solace and innocent friendship with his niece Tani (Arya Sharma) during a small gathering over a week with family and friends at a hill station house.

Events unfold in such a way that Shutu is initiated to sex by Mimi (Kalki Koechlin) who just wants to have fun and get over her love for Vikram (Ranvir Shorey) who is marrying someone else. By the end of the movie things do not work out for Shutu who is ignored, forgotten by everyone and shunned even by the little girl Tani. Yet with love in his eyes he pins his hopes on Mimi who ignores his feelings and advices him to concentrate on studies and life (sounds so familiar). It is a psychological take on a simple boy Shutu who is driven to death, but unfolding of events – where everyone is unconsciously selfish (as a way of life) and happy with what one has in life – except Shutu, who feels lonely, ignored and useless (even being used by that little girl).

While coming out of the theatre one feels, if once, someone – the little girl Tani, or Mimi would have held Shutu's hand and consoled him, would have given him strength and hope to live life.

It is a great debut of Konkana Sen Sharma as a director. All the actors and actresses have acted superbly. Special mention of Vikram Massey as Shutu who lives his character's flaws like real. The slow and lingering shots are exquisite and a treat on the eye. The detailing is perfect. Music is appropriate with mix of a couple folk tunes and lingering sadness of violin.

This movie is recommended for the typical arty type sensitive movie goers – who want to see good different cinema - This is the one!

(Rating 7.5 out of 10)


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