The trailer of actress Konkana Sen Sharma’s directorial debut A Death in the Gunj, which will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), comes across as a promising coming-of-age murder mystery.
The film will be screened as part of TIFF, which will run between September 8-18.
Set in the 1970s during a family vacation and based on true events, the trailer aptly captures the challenges associated with coming-of-age.
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.
Ex-couple Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma reunited for the launch of actress’ directorial debut A Death in The Gunj in Mumbai. At the launch, she said: “Honestly, I never wanted to be an actor either and I never thought I want to be a director. But it’s just that this particular story fascinated me for so long, a story that’s been with me for so long…I didn’t think I would write a script either.”
Actor Ranvir Shorey, who will also be seen in a pivotal role in the film at the launch function. Ranvir said he can’t say no to her as she’s the mother of his child. “I told Konkona not to cast me in the film, but she insisted. Now when a director is insisting that to do it, and especially when she is my child’s mother, how could I say no to her,” Shorey said at the launch of production company Macguffin Pictures.
Featuring Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Ranvir Shorey, Gulshan Devaiah and Om Puri in the lead, A Death in the Gunj unfolds over a span of seven days and it’s the story of a family from Kolkata visiting parents settled in McCluskiegunj.
Produced by Abhishek Chaubey and Honey Trehan under the banner of Macguffin Pictures, the film is said to have been wrapped up in six weeks in March 2016 and was launched by Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj. The film will be premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.