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Times of IndiaNikhat Kazmi, TNN, Feb 17, 2011, 09.35pm IST
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Review: 7 Khoon Maaf is a bloody good film
Published: Thursday, Feb 17, 2011, 20:09 IST
By Blessy Chettiar | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
'7 Khoon Maaf' is a film about the romantic misadventures of Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes (Priyanka), a girl who over the course of time gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands.
The film, based on Ruskin Bond's short story, Susanna's Seven Husbands, features seven male leads with Neil Nitin Mukesh as Susanna's youngest and first husband who is an army major. As well as rockstar John Abraham, poet Irrfan Khan, an inspector Annu Kapoor and a nuclear power agent Russian actor Aleksandr Dyachenko, and Nasseruddin Shah playing her oldest husband and a man who has a unique skill of blending medicine with horticulture, ayurveda and spirituality. Naseeruddin Shah's youngest son Vivaan Shah (who she fondly calls Sugar) is also an important part of Sussanna's life.
The film showcases Susanna's journey to find true love and her encounters with men in her life who she marries and kills when they ditch, deceit or defy her.
Writer-director and music composer for this film, Vishak Bhardwaj translates Ruskin Bond's fiction into a striking cinematic experience. The tone and attitude of the film sets it apart. Although in the beginning you feel things are taking long to translate and you find yourself anxiously waiting to witness the seven phases of Susanna's life, the strong narrative keeps you glued to your seats. Vishal Bhardwaj packs a punch towards the end by declaring Susanna is dead but the climax springs another surprise. Susanna's character has shades of a strong woman with a tinge of psycho behaviour, however, none of the male characters leave a lasting impression. Some of the sequences could have been cut short like Neil's fight with the mute man, John's loud performance as a rockstar and, Priyanka's sufi dance with Jesus Christ!
After 'Fashion' and 'Kaminey', Priyanka Chopra gets a power script and a central role to showcase her talent with this Vishal Bhardwaj film. In 'Kaminey' (a Vishal Bhardwaj film), we got to see a different Priyanka and with 'Saat Khoon Maaf', Priyanka has pushed the envelope further. Barring her garish prosthetic makeup to look aged, the star has truly emerged an actress of substance and will be garnering laurels for her masterstroke performance. Neil essays the role of an insecure husband well, John fits in as a charming rockstar, Irrfan Khan as the poet and male chauvinist husband does well, Anu Kapoor is decent, Nasser is top notch. The Russian actor Aleksandr evokes laughter with his impeccable Hindi and dialogues like 'Mere Paas Maa Hai'. Vivaan Shah's role from a teenager to a married man is impressive. Konkana in a guest appearance is effective. Usha Uthup's attempt at acting doesn't amuse.
Although a woman getting married six or seven times is hard to digest, '7 Khoon Maaf' is fiction well transformed into cinema. If you are a movie buff, this film promises to be a different experience. You will be guilty if you dare to miss this awe-inspiring film that takes the audience for a cinematic journey in a never before set-up that is anything but formula or Bollywood masala. Go watch it, it's better to be safe, than sorry. Eh?
|7 Khoon Maaf Movie Review|
|February 17, 2011 09:06:53 PM IST
By Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham Editorial
It takes a really keen eye to visualise a film in a short story. Then to turn it into a full-fledged film is a different task altogether. And Vishal Bharadwaj has done exactly that to Ruskin Bond's short story, Susanna's Seven Husbands. It's a commendable effort as he has crafted a body (7 KHOON MAAF) out of a skeleton (Susanna's Seven Husbands).
Love knows no boundaries and the vivacious Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes (Priyanka Chopra) is an apt example. 7 KHOON MAAF is her quest for true love. In a span of 35 odd years, she marries as many as seven times. Her husbands include Major Edwin Rodriques (Neil Nitin Mukesh), singer Jimmy Stetson (John Abraham), poet Wasiullah Khan (Irrfan Khan), Moscow resident Nicolai Vronsky (Aleksandr Dyachenko), police officer Keemat Lal (Anu Kapoor), Doctor Modhusudhon Tarafdar (Naseeruddin Shah) and one more (who can't be revealed as it would be spoiler). Arun (Vivaan Shah, son of Naseeruddin Shah) is the narrator, who considers Susanna as her prem devi. The bizarre deaths of her husbands make Sussane the prime suspect.
Vishal Bharadwaj's 7 KHOON MAAF is simpler when compared with his previous film KAMINEY, but getting into the intricacies would mean giving away the entire thing. He gets on with the story doesn't waste any time in establishing the characters. We get to know more about the characters as the story progresses. The narrative is intriguing and slowly grows on you. It makes you wonder, what would you do if you were in Susanna's shoes.
Vishal veer's away from showing anything gory. Of all the tracks, the Wasiullah Khan part stands out and is most outrageous. The film gets a bit predictable after a while but the engaging screenplay makes sure that there aren't any dull moments. The gradual ageing of Susanna from a 20 to 65 year-old is deftly shown.
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Seems like PC did a great job again.. well done..
hopefully movie too.
can't wait till Sunday...
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