7 khoon maaf - Preview
Dir: Vishal Bharadwaj
This movie is worth watching just for Priyanka Chopra's performance. The rest of the lead cast is only a bonus. Now how I wish, there was a little bit of a surprise in the narration or at least I understood even half of why the characters behaved the way they did. Now if the only explanation is weird attracts weird and together they all get weirder, either I didn't get the film or it is one zany experience that didn't go down all that well with me. And yet I wouldn't have wanted to miss watching this one.
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And then I remember that grim August morning. Swine flu had shut Pune down. I went to Bombay to catch Kaminey - watching and reviewing it on Friday was imperative. The release there too was postponed until Monday. And then there we were for the 7am show, two friends (we had grown to watch, discuss and love movies together at the Film Appreciation course) and me. Cut to - film over, we are walking out of the theater. All of us silent, for a long time. Finally, one of us said, "I didn't like it that much" and the other two were relieved to join in with agreement. Almost as if we didn’t want to be the first one to say it. Sadness, it was.
That one experience will help me walk into 7 Khoon Maaf with a blank slate. Even if I'm really looking forward to find out how the ever-so gorgeous Susanna (Priyanka Chopra) manages to lose seven husbands. Actually, I think I'm eager to know why she gets married seven times in the first place. For most of us once, is one too many, no?
Jokes apart, anything that makes me think or feel or both is going to be appreciated. I'm looking forward to how Susanna grows from her experiences over the seven marriages. I'm certainly looking forward to the thrill element of what is happening to these husbands. The word 'khoon' (murder(s)) in the title is very intriguing. It tells me, it's going to be more than a romance and yet the trailers promise a lot of romance too. A well-balanced mix would be brilliant.
Meanwhile, the music, like any music by Vishal Bharadwaj is quirky. I'm enjoying every bit of it. Here's what others say -
milliblog - a 200-worder means it is one of the best this year at the very least!
Dunkdaft - "VishalGulzar are here again, to pamper you with their best. Go and get pampered."
music aloud - "8.75/10"
Apun Ka Choice - "4/5"
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Hindustan Times - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
HappySing - "Overall, Vishal Bhardwaj is as good as ever in 7 Khoon Maaf, but then, a little disappointment comes from the fact that there is nothing as new as was there in Ishqiya, or even Kaminey. Still, there is quality, and this time, some quantity too."