Konkona Sen Sharma makes an highly impressive debut as a director. A Death In The Gunj will surely not cater to everyone but the classes will instantly fall in love with this one. Konkona has created a world which is sort of forgotten. It is not that such world never existed but just that it wasn’t seen by many. Without compromising on any factor of the film be it actors, locations, narrative, music etc Konkona has given us a delightful experience.
A Death In The Gunj is a simple story of a family and their friends who have reunited after a long time and where some turns of events lead to an unfortunate situation. The screenplay of the film is detailed and simple. The climax is surely a stunner that makes the film whatever it is giving complete justice to the title.
Some major highlights of A Death In The Gunj:
- Every single shot of film looks nothing less than a post card picture. All the shots from the film can be referred to design some great post cards. Every single frame of the film is visually stunning. Sirsha Ray has done an outstanding job by capturing some breathtaking visuals making A Death In The Gunj a visual treat as well.
- Vikrant Massey is surely a talent to look out for. His performance is simply commendable. His command over his act is a lesson for the aspiring actors. It is obvious that his part is the most difficult one among all and he has performed it exceptionally well. He was never seen in a major role before in any film but with this he will be noticed and appreciated by everyone. With no two thoughts the only actor who will be praised the most from the entire cast.
- Konkona Sen Sharma’s phenomenal direction. She gets everything right; be it the best shot from the actor or creating a required atmosphere for audience to enjoy a particular scene and not to forget the overall look and feel of the film. She should continue making such standout films.
The performances were great in the film. Kalki Koechlin was superb in her bold and carefree character. Gulshan Devaiah and Tillotama Shome looked very good as a couple. Gulshan perfectly portrays patriarchy. Jim Sarbh and Ranvir Shorey very well support the entire cast. Om Puri has a very short screen time. It’s just nice to see him in such an off-beat film. Tanuja is sort of revelation in this one. Even though her character was ordinarily written and is strong she has performed it with great finesse, wanting us to see more of her in the film. Sagar Desai’s compositions suit the film. Soft melodies and some folk songs makes it for some very good music. Arif Sheikh and Manas Mittal’s editing is perfect. Mediocre and flat paced but has the much required grip. At no point you loose interest from the film. Special mention to the production designer of the film who has perfectly created the colonial era.
I strongly recommend A Death In The Gunj if you like watching quality films. This is surely something different and will definitely not appeal to the masses. So if you belong to that selective crowd make sure you do not miss this one. Its a visually beautiful experience.