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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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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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2 June 2017 (India) See more »

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Ranvir Shorey who plays the role of Vikram is the real ex-husband of the director Konkona Sen Sharma. See more »

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Mimi: [about Shotu] You're so pretty. You could be a girl.
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Arguably best bollywood movie of 2017!
6 August 2017 | by nishad2505See all my reviews

'A death in the Gunj' as the name suggests opens with a murder mystery. It could be anybody. We, as a viewers, are intrigued from the word go. Then, we are taken into a flash back and story unfolds from there, a week earlier.

Set in 1978's McCluskieganj, a town which had certainly seen better days probably in British era and it is a home to Anglo Indian families. The movie revolves around Bengali family, who are in for an year end vacation in the town, where they spend their time with parents OP (Om Puri) and Anupama (Tanuja). The movie has its own pace and introduces each character in detail. There is bossy Nandu played by Gulshan Devaiah and his wife Bonnie played by Tillottama Shome. They have daughter Tani (Arya Sharma) and Nandu's brother Shutu (Vikrant Massey). And then there are family friends: hot headed Vikram (Ranvir Shorey), charming and seductive Mimi (Kalki Koechlin) and Brian (Jimmy Sarbh).

We see darker side of this family unfold through Shutu. Shutu is a kind of person who exists in almost every family. Shy, introverted and often ridiculed for not being same as others. He wants to be a part of them but often ends up being a distant spectator. They take him sometimes, but he is hurled with insults, punches, either directly or indirectly. May be that is why, he finds happiness in solitude or in company of his niece Tani. They have their own innocent world. Vikrant Massey is a revelation in this role of Shutu. He brilliantly portrays vulnerabilities and intricacies of Shutu without speaking much. He has played smaller roles before but this is the big break actor dreams for. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for him.

Konkona SenSharma makes impressive debut with this gem of a film. She unravels the sentiment of bullying and gives us a layered film with strong characters. You can't ask for better ensemble then that. 'A death in the Gunj' has everything, a family drama, betrayal, thriller. The movie and Shutu will remain with you for a long time because of its unmistaken simplicity. Arguably, the best Indian film of the year so far.


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