Movie review: A death in the gunj

It’s a unknown film. I don’t even know when it released. I just happened to see it on Amazon prime videos and found it quite interesting, because of its ensemble of cast and the director, Konkona Sen Sharma. Its cast includes the late Om Puri, Tanuja, Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Jim sarbh. All fine actors.
It’s a short film, more like the Artsy types. The story is simple and the end rather depressing. But you feel the emotions of each and every character. Be it the jealousy Kalki feels upon seeing her boyfriend with his wife, or the irritation Tanuja feels with her husband, or the pain a mother feels when her daughter gets lost or the pain the daughter feels when Vikrant Massey leaves her behind and rides away with Kalki. All the performances are first rate. But the best of all is Vikrant Massey. He is one of the finest actors of today’s age.
The story revolves around him. It’s a story of a reunion of family. Cousins and friends getting together for a holiday, New year’s. Vikrant has failed in his semester and been thrown out of his hostel. But he lies to everyone about it. The film then shows how he becomes the butt of all jokes and how the cousins make fun of him, leave him behind, or just forget about him or ignore him unknowingly.
The movie shows the turmoil he is going through and the director, Konkona, has done a fine job of engaging the audience and making them feel exactly what that poor boy is feeling.
Most of you might not like the movie as it’s a serious one. But I would recommend a watch, if only for Vikrant Massey and see what a fine job he has done.
Kudos to Konkana Sen Sharma

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