If you are a Bollywood fan, and you don’t know who Konkona Sensharma, you must have been living in a cave all these years. Easily the most recognizable face in modern Indian cinema, Sensharma has been a part of highly successful films such as Aaja Nachle and Wake Up Sid. She revisits the realm of directing, taking on her first feature film project with A Death in the Gunj.
Having started acting at the age of 4, Sensharma quickly began to become an iconic figure within Indian Parallel Cinema. She has over 40 films in Hindi, Bengali, and English, a few that we noted earlier. She made her directorial debut with short film Naamkoron.
A Death in the Gunj is, as nicely put by Cameron Bailey of TIFF, a “coming-of-age story about a shy young Indian student who quietly and fatefully unravels during a family road trip”. It features an exciting indie-vibe that we see with indie productions in North America, features an ensemble cast (Kalki Koechlin, Om Puri, Ranvir Shorey and more), and presents a heart-felt story that aims to tackle culture and various elements of everyday life.
If you have not done so already, make sure to watch the last public screening of the film on Friday, September 16th, at 10pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Here’s hoping that the film makes its theatrical debut soon.