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Movie Review – 7 Khoon Maaf

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


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  1. mini

    Sounds really bad 🙁

  2. Dude now offence to your review… but i think you’ve missed an entire premise of the movie. It’s not about a maniacal woman whose on a drive to kill her husbands or men (for that matter) it’s about satisfaction, that feeling of calm you have when someone you love is a part of your life. Each of the 7 husbands she has in the movie is not exactly marriage material and has one or the other evil/sadistic character undertone and the movie is about someone standing up for themselves and not getting abused. Try and see my point of view and watch the movie again. Also if I can talk for myself, i’m very pleased that finally Indian cinema has started making movies which have multiple dark tones, it’s about time already.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Hey I agree with your point about Bollywood coming of age to make such flicks…And that’s why I personally say that Priyanka’s acting is really good. And yeah I may have interpreted the story wrongly as you pointed out. But its just that the rest of the movie seemed pretty dull and dreary. And truthfully speaking such movies would have extreme reactions. Either sheer brilliance or pathetic crappiness.

  3. Dipa

    Hey, it wasnt that bad either! Cannot undermine the fact that despite, the dark role she played, you almost end up sympathizing with her when she lands up with husbands like irfaan khan! *shudder* . Neil, Irfaan, and naseeruddin shah did a fair job as well.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah some people have liked it I think..But I personally found it too dark and weird and truth be told I dont think Indian cinema is ready for such stuff which is weird and sorry to say ends up being dull and draggy..

  4. Gargi Chugh

    I agree Aseem….. its a ‘maaf’ movie!!!! Totally avoidable!!

    • aseemrastogi2

      Nice to hear that from you because I have heard many people saying that my review is too harsh..

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