7 khoon maaf - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

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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53 reviewers have given 7 khoon maaf an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

18 yays
20 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs down by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Boring to death ... full review

Thumbs up bigoye.com ...Go watch it, it's better to be safe, than sorry. Eh?... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...7 Khoon Maaf – at its best – feels like a rambling anecdote with a killer punch line. At its worst, though, it’s a lumpily episodic indulgence, with the actors and the director straining to divert our attention from the reality that it’s just the same thing happening over and over and over. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ... After a long time I found Vishal Bhardwaj coming up with a very questionable and weak kind of script, having so many loose ends right from its start. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...For the most part 7 Khoon Maaf fails to live up to the otherwise exquisite and honestly different genre of films that Vishal always tends to throw our way.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Not just the unconventional plot, even the execution of the subject material is offbeat and quirky. There are several instances in the narrative where the viewer has to stay very, very attentive.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...Vishal knows how to extract the best from his actors and he has applied his technique with Priyanka Chopra also who plays Susanna, the main protagonist. ... full review

Thumbs up by Avneet Ghai, BookmyShow ...In an offbeat and quirky style, Bhardwaj takes his audience through a witty ride. Humour lines the entire dark and morose subject.... full review

Thumbs down by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...One wouldn’t think that with someone like Priyanka Chopra killing seven husbands that include the likes of Irrfan and Naseeruddin Shah, a film could be boring but that’s what a major portion of 7 Khoon Maaf ends up being. ... full review

So-So by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...Pitting the most primordial of human emotions against the most fundamental of human imperfections can make for engrossing cinema... full review

So-So desi hits ...We recommend this film for anyone looking for a unique and dark movie. ... full review

So-So by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini ...Great by Indian standards, but not Bhardwaj's best ... full review

So-So by Yusuf, Desi Martini ...No Maafi here!... full review

Thumbs down by Souvik, Desi Martini ...Exaggeration in the guile of Experimentation... full review

Thumbs down by Payal, Desi Martini ...Movie fizzled only Priyanka sizzled... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini ...Susanna the creep magnet!!... full review

Thumbs up by Vikramjit, Desi Martini ...it's interesting to observe how '7 Khoon' is just the opposite of that '7 Fere/7 Janam' concept of marriage. (It's also a useless observation).... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Intense Dark and Entertaining... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Wasiullah Khan’s scenes with Susanna have a more lasting impact than the others.... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...John Abraham wears a skirt (and a negligee quite elegantly) and tries to do an ’80s rockstar and while he comes off looking quirky, you feel he could have done so much more with it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kakoli Mukherjee, fullhyd.com ...sometimes, when you see the men getting drawn to Susanna's irrestible sensuality like insects to a flame, you wish that there were a Vidya Balan ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...Sreekar Prasad's editing is superb. The transition of the various stories is astutely done.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Any heroine would give her saat janam to get this type of author backed performing role. Priyanka Chopra is lucky and well deserving to achieve such fantastically written role. She uses her personality, sex appeal, Facial expressions, performance,etc to each and every marriage of hers and that’s what makes it special.... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The story line, the main character's motivations, or her mental state, are not the picture's prime concerns. The movie is clearly crafted around strong, effective scenes alone: a lot of it, cleanly cut and clinical, a whole lot immediately compelling.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Using tools like newspaper headlines, radio announcements and television bulletins to root this mostly surreal film in reality, Vishal Bhardwaj delivers his oddest film yet, that is also sadly his weakest. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Pity then that the film is a series of one night stands. What we wanted from the operatic Bhardwaj was an affair to remember.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Priyanka Chopra fills out Susanna to the best of her ability, which isn’t spectacular, but is never standard-procedure... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...What’s Bad: The weird script; the screenplay glitches; the un-Indian sentiments in the drama; the slow pace.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Chopra immerses herself in the role, her appearance, voice and size changing as the film progresses. ... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, MiD DAY ...Unfortunately, an otherwise exciting director riddles this textbook script with meandering subplots and a very weak ending. The method to the madness is this.... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...Vishal Bhardwaj has tried to play too many emotions on Priyanka’s face but she could effortlessly carry only the dark sentiments, which probably was the intent of Bhardwaj.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Spellbinding in every moment she spends on screen, she conveys a sense of vicious danger and desperation, helplessness and vulnerability, all at once, as Susanna. ... full review

So-So MSN Entertainment ...One of the most publicized highlights of the movie relates to the manner in which Priyanka ages from 20 to 65 in the movie. Todd Tucker, the man who metamorphosed Brad Pitt from an old man to a youngster in the 2008 classic 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', works his magic well in the early parts but somehow turns Priyanka into a zombie towards the latter parts.... full review

So-So by Sunny Narang, My Take on Flicks ...7KM is not easy on the Indian male ego. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ... Vishal Bhardwaj brings to the storyboard a deep sense of tragic grandeur even as Susanna slips from self-gratification to delusional spirituality. ... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...The music is relevant to the settings and the story, apart from being very appealing. ... full review

So-So by Aneesh, Passion for Cinema ...It is a difficult equation this, of achieving a cinematic orgasm with so many boons and lesser number of banes. And VB tries hard to pull off that equation, with not much of success.... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...If there was a possibility of reading Susanna’s deeds psychoanalytically and see them as a primitive urge, much like the Oedipal desire to kill the father, it remains unexplored. ... full review

So-So by Jateen, Passion for Cinema ...Take One: Episodes work, serial doesn’t!... full review

Thumbs down by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood ...The larger narrative, while hinting at issues of class, gender and power relations, does little to explore beyond empty gestures and symbols... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Priyanka tries her best, but is simply not a good enough actress to justify being in a role this nuanced and demanding.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...What is it with some of our best directors making such duds these days? There was Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowariker and now Vishal Bhardwaj... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...Bizarre is endurable. The graphic physical violence shown, at one point, on a woman, isn’t. Ditto some cheesy sexual bouts (Viagra displayed full-on), and ecclesiastical matters which are more baffling than progressive.... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Vishal Bhardwaj has taken up a great concept and tried his level best to make something different and intriguing. I like movies that make you think after they’re over. This one did that for me.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Vivaan Shah makes a confident debut as the struck teenager seeing Susannah's life unfold from the sidelines. ... full review

So-So by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The music by Vishal Bhardwaj is average except one number ‘Darling’, which has already been making waves on music channels. Other production values are good and gel well with the theme of the flick.... full review

Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...With Saat Khoon Maaf, he conjures up another scintillating dose of art-meets-entertainment that leaves the audience wanting for more.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The music score (Gulzar and Vishal) is riveting too and boasts of the mesmerizing Darrrling number, amongst other tuneful songs.... full review

Thumbs down by The Thirdman, Upper Stall ...Ranjan Palit's evocative and controlled camerawork lifts the film somewhat. Special mention has to made of the lighting and framings, which are exemplary.... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...7KM fails to be creepy and the several odd romances are quirky but hardly engaging. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...However, the film fails to bring forth the dichotomy and the layered emotions that is the core of this complex story.... full review

Thumbs up by Spicezee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ... A big thumbs up to Priyanka Chopra for taking the risk to portray such a dark character who is almost unapologetic about killing her husbands... full review