#TrailerReview: Will The Movie Be Too Riveting For The Dabangg Audience?


There is nothing more exciting and eerie than a family vacation going wrong. Time which was supposed to be filled with memories, fun, games, is replaced with death and a disappearance, in the new movie helmed by the supremely talented Konkana Sen Sharma. She has managed to give stellar promises and have a respected place in the minds and hearts of movie enthusiasts. However, her new venture penned and directed by her, goes ahead to pronounce her as an artist we are proud to possess.

A Death in the Gunj, which promises a coming-of-age murder mystery, is already ruffling the right feathers before its release. The movie is all set to enjoy a world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival to be held in September 2016. Konkona Sen Sharma’s feature debut shares its stage with films like The Magnificent Seven, American Beauty, Snowden and La La Land.

After carving a niche for herself in acting and giving powerful performances in movies like Page 3, Life in a Metro and Wake up Sid, actress Konkana Sen Sharma will start with direction with her movie A Death in the Gunj.

The movie is set in the 1970s, featuring a family vacation gone horribly wrong. The movie unfolds over a span of seven days and it’s the story of a family from Kolkata visiting parents settled in McCluskiegunj. Based on true events, the film scopes how a murder occurs under the nose of this large family, while the youngsters are busy playing drinking games and fooling around.

The movie revolves around Shutu who is coming to terms with his masculinity and is constantly bullied by others. Played impressively by Vikrant Massey, he portrays a characters facing his existential crisis and finding love while getting ridiculed. He also develops a beautiful friendship with his younger cousin, which forms the base of the narrative. The cousin that soon in the course of the movie goes missing, or turns up dead.

Featuring Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Ranvir Shorey, Gulshan Devaiah, Jim Sarbh and Om Puri in the lead, the movie produces an ensemble cast that gets us intrigued about the story. Their characters have definitely captivated the trailer.

A minute into the trailer, one realizes that the film is a murder mystery, and it’s a refreshing change to be able to work your way through myriad characters, and beautiful visuals to understand the plot of the film. It has no zooming close-ups, no sleazy angles, no clap-worthy dialogues said with an extra peppering of bass — basically, no superficiality. Thus encompassing a large part of our attention and imagination.

Produced by Abhishek Chaubey and Honey Trehan under the banner of Macguffin Pictures, it will be premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

There is an immediate dearth of directors who would promise us an intelligent tale, mixed with great cast and subdued dramatism. And after watching the trailer, it seems that Konkana Sen Sharma somehow manages to fill the dearth, and hopefully we are as acceptable towards her, as we were when Arbaaz Khan helmed the Dabangg series.

Yugansha Malhotra

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