Movie Review: 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

The very thought of watching a Vishal Bhardwaj film excites a movie buff no end. Right from MAKDEE to KAMINEY, Bhardwaj’s body of work stands out from the rest. The forward-thinking film-maker’s fixation for adapting novels and plays is known to all and sundry by now. Continuing with his practice of adapting from the written form, the supremely talented storyteller now adapts Ruskin Bond’s short story ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’ for his new outing 7 KHOON MAAF. Known for walking the unusual path, Bhardwaj narrates an unconventional story yet again – of a woman who marries multiple times, following the untimely death of her husbands.

Till a few years ago, no one would’ve ever thought of making a film on a woman who marries, remarries, weds again, ties the knot yet again… in fact, she walks down the aisle multiple times. That’s not all, the woman, we are told, kills each of her husbands subsequently. The theme might come as a jolt to the trditional moviegoers, since the wives on the Hindi screen are either depicted as docile and dutiful or fiercely independent and ambitious. The question is, will the orthodox Indian audience absorb a theme like this? It’s blasphemous, some may opine. Imagine a murderous bride, some may rant.

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?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Serious, sensitive and stirring, 7 Khoon Maaf is a whole new cinematic experience.”
4.0 “The narrative shows a rare understanding of the gender dynamics and the sexual tensions between men and women.”
3.5 “It’s such a delightful portion full of humour of the darkest, despicable sort. The film gives you a high, really!”
3.5 “Khoon Maaf is a bloody good film”
DNA India
3.0 “7 KHOON MAAF is a dark film that has its share of positives and negatives.”
3.0 “A captivating story and excellent performances make 7 KHOON MAAF a bloody good film. Make sure you attend the weddings.”
3.0 “7 Khoon Maaf could leave you loaded with thoughts and doubts.”
3.0 “This movie, in some ways, is the complete, exact opposite of the popular, American ‘fem-jep’ (females in jeopardy) genre.”
3.0 “A series of one night stands which doesn’t quite become an affair to remember.”
3.0 “This film gives us a story, characters, and an urge to ask that age-old question– and then what happened?”
Average Reviews
2.5 “7 Khoon Maaf was a disappointing”
NDTV Movies
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Strikingly boring but cute”
2.0 “If you do plan to watch the film, be warned. This review contains spoilers.”
2.0 “There’s much worthwhile to do with your time than to watch the gloomy tale of an unscrupulous hubby-slaying woman whom you see whirling like a dervish with no less than the Redeemer in the end.”
1.5 “7 Khoon Maaf doesn’t do any better and unfortunately turns out to be Vishal Bhardwaj’s weakest attempt till date”

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