7 Khoon Maaf is another addition to the different kind of cinema

Based on Ruskin Bond's novel "Sussana's Seven Husbands", 7 Khoon Maaf is another addition to the different kind of cinema the super talented Vishal Bhardawaj has introduced to the Indian audience. People loved Omkara, Kaminey and they sure will love "7 Khoon Maaf". A film that is for a cult audience and kudos to Priyanka Chopra for carrying it off so well that you feel like you are on a journey with her, but a poignant one.


It starts off promisingly enough, an investigation tray being wheeled into a government forensics lab -- the kind of place Bollywood never shows us. An expert opens up the box, looks at pictures of a presumably dead Priyanka, and a tear rolls down his cheek. Most of the rest of the film is photo-album driven flashback, involving him telling her story to his shrill, curious wife. We see a young Priyanka Chopra at her father's funeral, and then are exposed, one-by-one, to a procession of her many fatally flawed grooms. A two-timing Trotskyite, a poetic pervert, an antiquated apothecary, a foolish officer, and a couple of men who can't act. The wedding-fetishist disposes of them all with consummate ease, while the master filmmaker loyally -- and unimaginatively -- serialises her process. Bhardwaj's cinema has always been one of quirk and energy, the director whimsically bending the narrative and soaking it in such style that it's impossible to look away. This time, however, he seems content to let the film do the talking while he merely watches... there is no panache, no audacity, no trademark flourish.

7 Khoon Maaf starts with Sussana Anna-Marie Johannes killing her sixth husband who has betrayed her and then Arun Kumar (Vivaan Shah) Sussana's pal and child who is an orphan and taken care of by her goes into his flashback and narrates her painful life story. Arun now heads the forensic department and has been assigned the duty to find out if Sussana the murderer has died, otherwise she would be killed by the law. Arun in his fascination for his lady lord and love declares her dead knowing the fact that she is still alive looking for her seventh husband. "7 Khoon Maaf" is undoubtedly Priyanka Chopra's most challenging role by far as her character in the film ages from her early 20's to her 70's and the lady has accomplished this humungous task with poise. But the icing on the cake was definitely Vivaan Shah who has definitely got acting in his genes, born to talented parents, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. All the husbands completely fit into their characters with special mention to Neil Nitin Mukesh and Annu Kapoor. John Aabraham could have been much better and irritates in the small part he had. The supporting cast with Usha Uthup as the maid and partner in crime along with their two other secret-keepers have done a tremendous job. Vishal Bhardawaj is one of the finest we have in the industry with pulling the film off well and entertaining us with his dark humour that is his forte. The background score and songs totally add magic to the film.


On the downside, there are some parts of the film, which though is reality, is very disturbing to watch. So it is definitely not recommended for people who have a soft heart. The flip side of love may not be appealing to many. But the film has quite a few strong points the performances being the highlight and ofcourse the music.

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