Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Nasseruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Usha Uthap, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Ruskin Bond, Vivaan Shah, Shashi Malviya, Konkona Sen Sharma
Till Death Do Us Part…
7 times in the movie, Sussana (Priyanka Chopra) takes the sacred vows of marriage. She lives up to her words – literally! Based on Ruskin Bond’s short story, Susanna’s Seven Husbands, Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf is a dark comedy that revolves around a beautiful woman and her desperate attempts at finding true love. She murders her husband once she realizes what his major flaws are. The movie does manage to grab attention but it fails to live up to all the hype that surrounded its release. The manner in which the story is told is far too simplistic which makes it predictable and after a point of time, even boring. The element of suspense is lost as Bhardwaj tells the audience what to expect before the story unfolds properly.
By the end of the movie, the audience is neither scared of Sussana the killer, nor do they sympathize with her ill fate. Most of the actors have done a decent job though Priyanka fails to be convincing enough. The only time that one can appreciate John Abraham is when he is dead and one is convinced that he won’t be seen again. Nasseruddin Shah and Neil Nitin Mukesh however deliver really good performances and it’s a pleasure to watch Ruskin Bond in a cameo. But the actors who really make their presence felt on screen are Vivaan Shah (the narrator) and Shashi Malviya. The music is refreshing and a couple of songs including Darrling and Oh Mama linger in your mind long after you have exited the theatre. The music takes the audience through the various moods of the movie – ranging from pensive contemplation to high levels of frustration and angst. For setting the tone of the movie, the lighting complements the music well.
The movie has several flaws and the editing is far from being exceptional. However, it has its set of high-points as well. Vishal Bhardwaj could have been proud of this movie if he didn’t have his previous movies to compare this one to. However, the movie is well worth a watch.
So what are you waiting for? Go watch it – Darrrling!