The romantic misadventures of Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, a beautiful lass who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands. The strange circumstances of their deaths, makes Susanna a prime accused. Did the husbands deserv...more
The romantic misadventures of Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, a beautiful lass who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands. The strange circumstances of their deaths, makes Susanna a prime accused. Did the husbands deserve to die? Were the murders out of necessity or pure blood-lust? Does Susanna ever find her one true love? less
“A fascinating story of a fascinating woman brought alive by smart storytelling, great music and stellar performances.”
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7 Khoon Maaf is an intense and dark film. Based on Ruskin Bonds short story Susannas Seven Husbands, Vishal Bharadwajs latest is treat for the thinking mind.
Susanna is a lady in search of love. She finds it, not once but six times, each time being betrayed by life. And yet, like an eternal optimist, she jumps from one failed marriage to another, at times within the blink of an eye. The film captures her journey from a 21 year old to her sixties as she goes around killing each of her husbands.
Vishal, adept at translating novels onto celluloid, takes Ruskins short story and infuses it with immense detailing and depth. Every character is sketched out with care not to paint them black or white. He handles the music too, giving us the brilliant Darling and Bekaraan.
That brings us to the films other pillar, Priyanka. Playing Susanna and her life from twenties to sixties is a tough task that she pulls off with the finesse of a veteran. She is confident, assured and relentlessly evil reveling in the bestial undertones to her character. And yet, it is to Priyankas credit, that she brings such an innocence to Susannas craving for love, that not once does the audience hate her for being the murderer. This film is a milestone in her career as well as for the Hindi film heroine.
Not everything is perfect with the film though. It definitely needs sharper editing and shortening. The narrative gets clumpy towards the end, with the climax getting a little tardy. And for a commercial flick, it lacks the chutzpah to rake in the bucks.
The films narrative is episodic, which works in the first half of the film but is a bit of a drag post interval. Scenes and episodes transition and not change, adding to the lyrical quality of the film while also lengthening it unnecessarily. Of the husbands, Neil, Irrfan and Naseeruddin leave an impact, but it is Annu Kapoor who takes centre-stage with his immaculate performance. John is just passable, while new comer Vivaan is a revelation.
Inspite of all this, 7 Khoon Maaf is a gem, something we dont often see in Hindi films. A shining example of international cinema coming out of mainstream Bolywood, this one is definitely worth a watch.