7 Khoon Maaf

The following is a review of a movie(in bold) and may contain spoilers

7 Khoon Maaf, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ruskin Bond
7 Khoon Maaf
Blood splattered all over, playing with a revolver, certainly not an end one would expect from marriage but that’s how Suzanna Anna Marie takes it(pun intended), one after the other, the marriage as well as the murder of her 7 husbands.“7 Khoon Maaf” is an amazing adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s Suzanna’s 7 husbands by Vishal Bhardwaj whose versatility and body of work make him Indian film industry’s modern greats. The characterization and portrayal by the actors as well as the lilting melodies make it a must watch. Suzanna starts her leanings by looking for a father figure but is not able to come to terms with the frailties of every relationship whether it’s an army major played convincingly by Neil Nitin Mukesh or the sly backup vocalist looking for the perpetual high played with the help of CGI by John Abraham. Suzanna cuts it close with every murder that she commits with the Police, Russians & Intelligence Bureau(in that order) not only getting in touch but also getting involved. Annu Kapoor makes a welcome return to 70 mm while Irfaan Khan calls out to the vilest senses by playing a sadomasochistic husband. Suzanna goes from one tumultuous relationship to another finding solace in a doctor who relies on mushrooms for therapeutic purposes. A seasoned actor like Naseeruddin Shah plays the doctor to perfection bringing not only depth but also insecurity seldom brought forth. “7 Khoon Maaf” is not about shlokas or browbeating but is a story well told with the right chutzpah keeping the viewer guessing and freedom to interpret marriage as murder or euthanasia???
P.S-Herd the mob…

One thought on “7 Khoon Maaf

  1. even though i liked the movie for the way it has been shot…. the narration esp the screenplay left me yearning for more. The only flaw in 7 KHOON MAAF, and a huge flaw as per me was that the director could not establish why exactly why did she have to kill all her husbands? she could have left them, taken a divorce, run away why kill? and the weird behavior of her servants … how can an entire house be filled with psychopaths? that logic completely failed me… and i expected a more intelligent narration from bharadwaj so the movie did disappoint me a bit:)


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