• A Death in the Gunj benefits from Konkona Sen Sharma’s perceptive, assured direction. It’s one of the best films of the year, and one that you’ll find hard to shake off in a hurry. I’m going with four out of five and a strong recommendation not to miss it.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Konkona Sensharma’s assured directorial debut, unpacks a complex sentiment with feeling, and gives us a layered film with memorable characters about the games people play, and how, sometimes, that can have terrible consequences.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    Sirsha Ray’s camera work helps set a gloomy, mysterious, dark (not sinister) mood. The choice of locations and background scores does the rest. For the want of a better word, A Death In The Gunj has a ‘distinct’ feel.

    Konkona Sen Sharma’s film is a successful experiment despite loopholes. And it is brave.

  • Suparna Sharma
    Suparna Sharma
    Deccan Chronicle


    A Death in The Gunj ends on a note that fits in well with McCluskiegunj — a place set in the heart of Chhota Nagpur plateau’s tribal belt, where Ernest Timothy McCluskie, an Anglo-Indian from Calcutta, carved out a homeland for 400-odd Anglo-Indians in the 1930s, complete with bakeries, hunting trips and picnics under the shade of a tree in Mrs Priscilla Perkins’ yard.

  • It is deeply engaging and like comfort food its memory and taste will stay with the viewers long after the credits role.

  • A Death In The Gunj is a chiselled gem of a film – as resplendent as it is sobering.

  • If you have ever been to a small town for your summer holidays, listened in wide-eyed wonder as adults swapped stories around the dinner table and spent languid afternoons lying on the grass, then Konkona Sen Sharma’s “A Death in the Gunj” is just the film for you.

  • Nihit Bhave
    Nihit Bhave
    Times Of India


    A Death In The Gunj will make you drop your jaw several times, except for the one time you’d really want it to: the climax.

  • Uday Bhatia
    Uday Bhatia
    DNA India


    There are many large and compelling reasons to watch A Death in the Gunj. Here’s a small one: It’s a beautiful goodbye to Om Puri, who died this January. There he is, saying “Nothing gets better at this age” in that instantly familiar rasp.

  • Watch A Death In The Gunj for the gem of a first film that it is. It will let McCluskiegunj grow on you. It will make you laugh and silently crush your heart. It will make you thank the makers of the film for giving you this one.

  • Points A Finger At The Cruel Wolf Residing In Each Of Us…

  • Konkona Sen Sharma has proven she’s as good a director as she’s an actor. She’s kept a tight hold on every department, hardly making a false move. Looks like her new journey is going to be exciting as hell…

  • Mohar Basu
    Mohar Basu


    In Her Directorial Debut, ‘Death In The Gunj’, Konkana SenSharma Uses One Of Her Father’s Memorable Stories To Spin A Tapestry Of Intrigue, Keeping It Brimming With Emotions Of Dejection, Hurt, Passion And Love

  • Huffingtonpost Reviewer
    Huffingtonpost Reviewer


    At the end, you are left with a lot of questions. You are also left with a satisfied heart after watching a gripping story, poetic in its narrative and artfully put together.

  • Bollywood desperately needs films like A Death in the Gunj — one that doesn’t take itself too seriously or isn’t easy to frivolously label, but yet doesn’t insult the intelligence of its viewer. We need to have a middle path between “artsy fartsy parallel cinema” and “mass masala entertainer”, and Konkona Sen Sharma seems to have found a way.

  • IANS


    While the script written by Disha Rindani and Konkana Sen Sharma, is skilfully drafted giving every character equal weightage, there are moments that make it seem pretentious and predictable. But the last scene which works as a metaphor in the film, leaves a lot of scope for interpretations and discussions and that is what takes this film beyond the auditorium.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    Konkona Sen Sharma’s debut is a marvellously measured film, where each element of filmmaking is staggeringly synchronous with the other

  • A Death In The Gunj is one of the most sensitive films ever made. It made me think about my childhood and my family. It makes you look around and see if you have deserted a loved one, especially when someone tried to reach out to you in their vulnerable times. I felt a knot in my stomach, fought tears as I walked to the parking lot, couldn’t sleep for next two nights and made sure I checked on my family and friends regularly. 
    I don’t think I can ever say it enough, but please watch the movie whenever you get an opportunity; on the internet, on a plane or most deservedly on the big screen. 

  • “Death In The Gunj” has everything going for it as a film, and we hope that the niche movie breaks even as it releases alongside two Hollywood and four or five, mostly nondescript, Hindi movies on a crowded Friday. As a thriller, it ambles as placidly as a Jack Diickson Carr novel or an old-fashioned British story, and the climax is actually implosive rather than explosive.