Celebrated actress Konkona Sen Sharma steps behind the camera for an electrifying directorial debut with A DEATH IN THE GUNJ. Set in 1979, a wealthy family arrives at their vacation home in the Anglo-Indian town of McCluskiegunj. Several generations have gathered for an idyllic week of relaxation, games, sun-bathing and merriment, but tension soon arises when young Shutu – a college student taking an abrupt break from his studies – begins to bear the brunt of his relatives’ barely-masked disdain and superiority.
The all-star cast (consisting of luminaries like Om Puri, Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey and Tillotama Shome) expertly portrays a family blissfully unaware of the damage their unexamined privilege is causing, and Sen Sharma subtly pokes at their entitlement in ways both unnerving and humorous (note the servants who wonder aloud when these pesky intruders will pack up and leave). As simmering tensions and buried resentments turn the secluded home into a powder keg poised to explode, Sen Sharma’s confident direction announces her as a fierce new filmmaking talent.
- Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona Sen Sharma is an award-winning actor from India. A DEATH IN THE GUNJ is her first feature film as writer and director. She is the daughter of award-winning filmmaker Aparna Sen, and granddaughter of Chidananda Dasgupta, a film historian, critic and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society along with Satyajit Ray. Beginning her acting career at the age of four, Konkona has acted in more than 40 films in Hindi, Bengali and English. She has received two National Awards and several industry awards.