Before going for the movie version of Ruskin Bond’s “Susanna’s 7 husbands”, I was really skeptical about watching such a flick in the theater. From Omkara to Maqbool to Makdee to 7 Khoon Maaf, most of Vishal Bharadwaj’s movies seem to be very dark and more to do with some weird characters or so I feel. But nonethless my friends convinced me to finally sit for the 2.5 hour show.
The story is simple. Priyanka Chopra gets the chance to play characters from 21 till 65. She is a woman who keeps searching for love throughout her life in an armyman, a policeman, a rocker, a Russian businessmen among others. But each and everyone of them seem to have something amiss which she doesnt like and the husband disappears almost as soon as he comes home to start a new life.
Vishal gives Priyanka the opportunity to play the character of a lifetime and an award winning at that too. And she plays her part beautifully depicting the sinister and maniacal nature of Sussana, the character she plays. Since she traverses the time from 21 to 65, the movie moves from the 1960s to 2008 which is shown by the attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. The entire movie is pretty dark throughout and makes the goings pretty dull, dreary and boring. There aren’t many songs to talk about and the ones like “Darrrrrrrrling” are just there to make up the numbers.
The less spoken about each of the husbands the better. When you are showing 7 characters in a 2.5 hour movie, none of them get’s much screen time and in the end you just wonder if this was a movie made to give Priyanka that elusive Best Actress Award. The only male character who gets the best screen time and is pretty good is Vivaan Shah. His voice makes him look like a really sauve and enigmatic 35 yr old or something. Wonder if it is dubbed. But nonetheless he portrays his part pretty well.
All in all even Priyanka and Vivaan’s performance cannot save this movie from sinking. Pretty depressing experience.
Rating – 1/5