“A Death in the Gunj”- The Review
A family drama film-“A Death in the Gunj” marks actress Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut this year.
This year’s official Opening Film at Jio MAMI with Star – A Death in the Gunj– marks actress Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut and follows an Indian family gathering with a rather unscrupulous undercurrent to keep you guessing till the very end.
While dysfunctional family dramas have become a recent theme trend in India, Konkona intimately dissects her plot with a rather ruminative style that’s reminiscent of Satyajit Ray and forces the audience to empathise with her characters.
Inspired by a story that her father used to tell her, the indie drama takes place in 1979 which makes for a fun retro ambience.
Lightly spiced with the usual marital tensions and family arguments, the story features several unexpected surprises like an unexplained body in the boot of a car, a missing child and a mounting undercurrent of despair that finally erupts into violence.
It must be noted that despite any of its limitations, the brooding atmosphere of ‘A Death in the Gun’ burns with old-school heart-tugging melodrama that’s simmered with smokey suspense.