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All audience reviews of 7 Khoon Maaf

  • Intense Dark and Entertaining

    Ameet Bhuvan (2,108 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - February 18, 2011 13:53 PM IST
    3.3DM (1111 ratings)
    7 Khoon MaafWatch trailerRelease date : February 18, 2011

    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.

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  • Anant


    4 Reviews
    Rated 3.0May 08, 2011

    7 Khoon Maaf

    Nice movie

  • Sunny


    1 Reviews
    Rated 5.0April 10, 2011

    7 khoon maaf

    good movie

  • Sumit Singh

    Sumit Singh

    3 Reviews
    Rated 3.0March 29, 2011

    Complicated storyline.

    Indeed it does. Pity then that the film is a series of one night stands. What we wanted from the operatic Bhardwaj was an affair to remember.

  • Lalit


    1 Reviews
    Rated 4.5March 19, 2011

    Saat khoon maff

    good movie

  • Abhishek


    3 Reviews
    Rated 4.0March 18, 2011

    Bore film

    Vishal Bhardwajs 7 Khoon Maaf based on a Ruskin Bond short story is unlike anything you have ever seen in Indian cinema before. Bhardwaj shows what...read more