7 khoon maaf

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

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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Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
Running time: 150 minutes
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There's an irresistible, tingling excitement at the mention of a Vishal Bharadwaj film. And why not? Just look at this list - Maqbool, The Blue Umbrella, Omkara.

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 -

Music reviews:
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."

- meeta, a part of the audience

I'm still digesting 7 Khoon Maaf. Bit-by-bit it’s sinking in. Though I cannot say that I like it any better or worse, but the more I think about it, I certainly understand it that bit more. I'm sure my grasp of the film will only improve with a second or even third viewing. But, I don't think I can make myself watch it again for it's a tedious watch. The narrative is way too plain and predictable to hold my interest.

This is largely made-up for by enigmatic Susanna, who is played out, breathtakingly by Priyanka Chopra. One of the main thoughts and images the film leaves behind is, the mystery that Susanna is. She scares you, but at the same time, she doesn't let you forget that your heart went out for her warmth, just an hour ago. You wanted to protect her, you still want to figure her out, you desperately look for her motivations that justify her whacky behavior - just so that you can continue liking her. Only to be greeted by a development that is crazier than anything you've seen thus far.

The problem though is that you know how each of the episodes, each of her marriages is going to end. Of course, 7 Khoon Maaf is not meant to be a thriller. But, nothing is gripping about how or why the husband dies. And after the second one, the reason for marrying itself is dissatisfying. You begin to doubt if she did it just so that she could enjoy the how it would end. shudder Anyway, one of the culprits could also be the straightforward, linear narration. Also, way too often, the build-up falls flat.

Now, given Vishal Bharadwaj's command over adapting novels to films, I'll assume that the story itself didn't quite work for me. Reading Ruskin Bond's Susanna's Seven Husbands is on my to-do list now, just for a confirmation. It just wasn't detailed enough.

For example, the side characters (Maggie, Khan, and Gunga) seem out-of-sync with the plot but their quirkiness has to be a part of the story. Not to mention that the performances (Usha Utthup, and two male leads (names, anyone?)) are extremely distracting too. I understand that Susanna and each of her husbands are eccentric too and thus quirky side-characters can find a home in their midst. But, the lack of rationale behind the three side-kicks' enthusiastic loyalty is confusing, if not disturbing.

Fortunately, the rest of the performances are perfect. Also, there are some very powerful sequences. The manner in which Musafir's (Irrfan Khan's) idiosyncrasy is shot and executed, sticks way past the two and a half hours spent watching the film. The nervous laughter in the theater is a giveaway that Hindi film audience is not comfortable watching sexuality on screen. Not that our filmmakers have been too good sexual scenes either. And both filmmakers and the audience know the others' shortcoming. With this background, to not only show, but to also explicitly explain Musafir's need is as stunning as it is brave. And once you have overcome the shock, you are completely pulled into that chapter of the Susanna's life.

Knowing for a fact that Vishal Bharadwaj films have something going on beyond the superficial, I tried to dig deeper. There's of course, the riddle that Susanna is and you can identify with her deterioration as a person. But save the fleeting references to the socio-political events and the climax, nothing looked like it had a larger purpose. Besides serving as a timeline, the events mentioned in the film might indicate our apathy to the society we live in. Which is why maybe Arun's wife (Konkona Sen Sharma) is hardly moved by Susanna's acts. To her it is just a fun story, till she gets affected by it personally. The climax and what it implies is sophisticated but is by no means a breath-stopper. Our Susanna has come of age but how she got there was too hard to comprehend.

If you haven't figured it out yet, 7 Khoon Maaf is one of those films that I didn't enjoy watching at all, but it still leaves a good aftertaste. A film that I didn't like watching, but I liked. Yep, I'm still figuring it out. All I know right now, is this - it is heavy, weird and dark; as a breather it has awesome performances; AND it is a very difficult film to recommend.

- meeta, a part of the audience

51 reviewers(?) - 17 yays 15 so-so 19 nays

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So-So, by Jateen, Passion for Cinema : ...Take One: Episodes work, serial doesn’t!... 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 down, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Boring to death ... 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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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

156 tweeters(?) - 80 yays 20 so-so 56 nays

yourjeet8: Yesterday watched 7 Khoon Maaf.....A superb movie after such a long time...Solid appearance of Priyanka...n super direction by Vishal B.

VishwasSawle: Hi nice film by u 7 khoon maaf i like very very much...

veena_16: 7 khoon maaf... fabulous!

uunam: I really liked priyanka in 7 khoon maaf. Amazing movie.big fan of vishal bharadwaj n priyanka. Fab. Loved it

UDedi: saw 7 khoon maaf yesterday nite, weirdo and crazy syko movie.best movi of d year..awesm DOP..and nicly picturizd..no wonder if bags national

tweetgyan: 7 Khoon Maaf is dark, dirty, and dangerous with excellent technical brilliance of Vishal Bhardwaj. Gud for serious #movie goers. #review

sweetplusurmi: Saw 7 khoon maaf.. sooo cud relate 2 things my way. Loveddd it!! Priyanka was=awesommeenesssss undefined**... (cont) http://tl.gd/8uqljv

suryaspunky: Guys do watch 7 khoon maaf.. Stunning performance by #priyankachopra.. So watch tat unpretentious n 7sin...

suhelpathade: jst saw '7 KHOON MAAF'n its awsome.gr8 work done by vishal bhardwaj n priyanka.

sohaibgulbadan: Saw 7 Khoon Maaf last night. Very interesting and engaging, though some subplots quite pointless. Antaakshari walay uncle stole the show.

singhnileshk: "7 Khoon Maaf" gets "7" ka rating our of 5...Priyanka is simply amazing, John stunned me...all the casts are brilliant...good music too #fb

siddsa: 7 khoon maaf is decent movie.. linear story line.. good music.. a one time watch overall in the theater..

shariqq: So SAAT KHOON MAAF. Good movie but not the level we've come to expect from VB. VivaanShah is a revelation. PC is strictly ok. More soon #7KM

shankkadia: watched 7 khoon maaf. terrific film and superb performances.

saumya_philip: Watchd 7 khoon maaf. A fine black comedy.

sarthak: 7 Khoon Maaf: the more I ponder over the bits, the more I love it - the movie grows on you.

ruudyroon: 7 Khoon maaf. Nice.

rrsingh005: Come guys! Head to the theaters to watch 7 Khoon Maaf! Excellent performace by @priyankachopra .. Let's make this film a HIT!!

rosemaryamle: BTW watched Saat Khoon Maaf. Excellent! (Wham, Bam, Off you go Man. )

rockrishab: 7 khoon maaf...awsome

RiturajMitra: Just saw "7 khoon maaf",totally mind blowing movie and what an amazing performance by Priyanka Chopra..hats off to her

ridhimanagalia: 7 khoon maaf.... Amazing!!!

rajan31031987: hey saat khoon maaf is a great flick to watch.

rahulchitransh7: 7 khoon maaf ke liye ek hi shabd...................behtariiiiin.................

psycho_aniketos: saw 7 khun maaf a little slow but worth a one time watch priyanka did a gud job. i giv it 3 stars out of 5

priyasunder: 7 khoon maaf - Brilliant movie!

pretasorter: 7 Khoon Maaf is riveting but a tad slow. Excellent narration. Priyanka deserves another National. Vishal B doesn't completely fail us.

preetushah: a very interesting movie 7 khun maaf

prashantgolani: ‎"7 Khoon Maaf".Oh man I'm deeply grateful to #Vishal Bhardwaj for such a delicious film experience. #7KM #films

prakashnk: Don't watch '7 Khoon Maaf' if u didnt like "Kaminey'..it's very dark movie and is clearly not for everyone....personally I liked it a lot!!!

poo2343: OMG got bored after watchin 7 khoon maaf

PariTheRebel: Seen '7 Khoon Maaf'. The Talented Vishal Bhardwaj has done a great job. Loved it!

OnlyAffaq: Quiet a complicated story of 7 khoon maaf, bt thts reality. Great performance by @priyankachopra

nonstopcricket: 7 Khoon Maaf, Vishal Bharadwaj you have done it again! @priyankachopra Hats off! Outdid all your past performances!

NJLLLLLL: 7 Khoon Maaf.... Awesome mviee..... Must Watch..........

nhvenky: Saw 7 khoon maaf yesterday.a gud film.a littlebit of psycho characters with interesting characterisation nd amazing direction.a must watch..

NanditaMehta: Saat Khoon Maaf: You won't love it but you still gotta watch it. Its just that kind of film

mycoolcookbook: I watched ' 7 Khoon Maaf ' (meaning: 7 murders forgiven) a today. An amazing Hindi film. I think all of you should watch it !! It's amazing

moykarma: Have you guys seen "7 Khoon Maaf" .. i loved the story-telling style movie making .. Vishal Bhardwaj at his best

Mneesia_Bee: Absolutely loved Saat Khoon Maaf. Can't understand those who didnt like the movie...

mdeii: I liked 7 Khoon Maaf. Very atmospheric. Incredibly creepy. And I did not mind the pace at all.

mcarafeeq: just now saw the movie 7 KHOON MAAF .. awsome movie must watch.. but dont go with family

mayank61282: 7 khoon maaf is a good movie

manasidash: saat khoon maaf - good movie, VB tried to make it not so dark, with humour lines in between

MaithileeJams: '7 khoon maaf' - very watchable! Some good cinema after a long time...

madonionslicer: I don't get all the bitching and whining. I loved Saat Khoon Maaf.

kpayal: Had a super lazy and fab weekend which includes the brilliant 7 Khoon Maaf! More on that on my blog!

kapil207goyal: watched 7 khoon maaf previous nyt....awesum movie of all time...

justKARN: Aftr 7 khun maaf .....visal is realy great director.

jayantnarayan: 7 khoon maaf. One of those good coffees which is strong and hits you. But not hard enough.

jahnvi_jain: 7 Khoon Maaf. What. A. Movie. Priyanka Chopra, Vishal Bharadwaj, take a bow!! *doffs imaginary hat* #superduperawesome

iRidCritique: 7 khoon maaf is a flop when tees maar Khan was a hit! Disgraceful!

inforam1: Watched 7 Khoon Maaf Good movie, great performances espl. Priyanka Sure Vishal Bharadwaj wil bang more awards ths year

iluvroses84: Oh! 7 Khoon Maaf was super intriguing. Very different stuff from Ms. Chopra. I was impressed!! I have a new respect for her after this film.

iamsherinthomas: saw 7 khoon maaf.. itz AAWWsom.. priyanka rcked it...( So did her husbands... :-D..)

iamROhitDaS: 7 khoon maaf awesome movie wow im in love with piggy chops shez a Sexy B****h..!!!!!!

Hitz888: Watched 7 Khoon Maaf last night! And it was fantastic!! Priyanka Chopra raises her perfomance with each movie!! #versatile

Hazelbrowni: luvd d freaky dramatic but yet commendable wrk done by V.B n acted by piggychops in 7 khoon maaf :-) women r lovng it !!!

gauravsabnis: Watched 7 Khoon Maaf. Liked it. Leisurely, layered, smooth. Delicious! Shows Vishal's growth as a director.

gauravbaijal: 7 Khoon Maaf a good dark film. #fb

feeniks: 7 Khoon Maaf is devilishly clever & has an amazing performance by priyanka chopra

fakhri4980: The obsession of creativeness is 7 Khoon Maaf & the very talented is Priyanka Chopra...................

duffilled: Quite liked 7 Khoon Maaf. Despite what everyone else is saying!

doppelhanger: 7 Khoon Maaf has been watched. Atmospheric. Dark. Morbidly funny. A tad slow and uncomfortable at times. But decent enough.

dj_debjit2006: Watched 7 Khoon Maaf, simply one of the best movies I've ever seen. @priyankachopra is the best actor of all time Vishal Bharadwaj rules

djarabia: 7 Khoon Maaf - Loved it no matter what the reviews said... @priyankachopra & Vivaan Shah you'll were awesome!!

DIAMOND_Sword: 7 Khoon Maaf is a class apart movie & the best dialogue was : ''Jise tairna aata ho use doobkar aatmhatya nahi karni chahiye ''

collidingatoms: '7 khoon maaf' - a brilliant grisham-like-tale told to chetan-bhagat-like audience. sigh. must watch for those who love dark stories!

ChatterjeShweta: 4/5 Review on 7 Khoon Maaf Movie By shweta.chatterjee : Dark Reality http://t.co/m1IStqo

bollywood_beats: Saat Khoon Maaf...pretty good

Biorahul: Vishal Bhardawaj's SAAT KHOON MAAF is a dark & daring film @priyankachopra as Susanna was S.U.P.E.R.B. I quite liked the film.

Bindisha: 7 khoon maaf, good movie. Excellent script. Reminds me of an incidence that happened, over 1700 years ago. I love the seventh husband :)

beautiful_nidhs: 7 khoon maaf:: must watch........priyanka chopra's maarfadu acting which she ever done before.......

ashwinit23: "saat khoon maaf" was simply awesome!

anshul_is: saat khoon maaf has a newness which gives a new cinematic experience. SKM is a killer and an absolute stunner. It sets you to ideate.

ananthiyer89: Contrary to popular opinion, i think 7 khoon maaf was a 'killer' #fb

Alishapriyanka: "Watched 7 Khoon maaf,las night Well [email protected] rockd,really complex role but u did a gr8 job... http://fb.me/EKVmb5ct

AfradaShah: Go watch Saat Khoon Maaf people !! :)

aarzoomanoosi: I watched movie "Saat Khoon Maaf" and felt good to see Priyanka Chopra in nice character... Movie is good.

aakanksha1988: liked 7 khoon maaf ....priyanka's and everybody's amazing performances... but it was not for the masses...

wriju_ray: liked 7 khoon Maaf as a plot and concept, would have been far more compelling without Priyanka's patchy performance

vishnugopal: Watched 7 Khoon Maaf yesterday. Okayish movie, the cameo by Ruskin Bond was a nice touch :) #movies

storyteller_sit: Bit disappointed by 7 khoon maaf but never the less, have to admire the beautiful n talented priyanka 4 her outstanding performance.

Prateek1385: 3 reviews...Tru Grit watch...7 Khoon Maaf ...only if u bored . n Butiful...definite if u r a movie buff

Pradeep1bhargav: Just saw saat khoon maaf..Drama movie by Drama artists.Good acting by priyanka and all.Irfan khan is superv as a pshyco husband.NoT gud mvi

nishant_1989: Saw 7 khoon maaf. 2nd half is good. On the whole its ok.

monatoteja: Saat Khoon Maaf.. Tolerable. One time watch.

lathasunadh: 7 khoon maaf should have been a play, not a film.

jaideepmishra: watched 7 Khoon Maaf : dark & Slow , a fine example why a good story is not always a good movie.

iishiix: I watched "7 khoon maaf" last night. It was ok. Priyanka acted well, but the ending was stupid.

Faiz_roxx: 7 khoon maaf is not that good but priranka was awesome

dishanks9: 7 khoon maaf average movie

cyrusyrus: 7 Khoon Maaf. worth a watch. (if you a priyanka fan), otherwise wait for it to come on telly. #7KM

Carthik11: Though 7 khoon maaf mve was nt upto satisfactory priyanka chopras acting was awesome

avinavb: 7 Khoon Maaf ! First half was good, second half was boring ! Once watch

AtIkAsAd: 7 Khoon Maaf, could have been executed much better:(( But @priyankachopra did some great acting despite that, and so did Vivaan Shah!

arunapk: Saat khoon maaf.... Good but not to expectations..

akansha_89: Saat khoon maaf.. ain't that bad, but a one time watch possible... esp when it's 2 sisters at the 10.30pm show! :D :D

ajithessence: Saat Khoon maaf... average film... superlative music... fantastic cinematic experience...

adiizhot: I have gone to see 7 khoon maaf.......It is good movie....not a must see one but a good timepass one

xbz007: saat khoon maaf borrrrrring

vivekranjit: My take on Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf #7KM - http://vivekranjit.blogspot.com/2011/02/7-khoon-maaf-is-disappointing.html via @vrtalkies

vivekanands: 7 khoon maaf - but what about the 8th khoon -> that of the audience??

vijayrox: saw 7 khoon maaf yesterday and my heart telling to kill the director 7 times :p

varunbangalore: Saw Saat khoon maaf... Atrocious... Too many stories without any link.. Priyanka looks so old and ugly..

tusharjoneja: Vishal Bharadwaj has created history with '7 Khoon Maaf'. He's managed to make serial killers boring. #epicfail

sunnyonhunt: Saat Khoon mAAf....143 minutes saaf...full on bakwaas movie....confused wheather it is thriller,, drama, comedy... http://y.ahoo.it/8Ki2Bpe8

Sparklinglory: And 7 khoon maaf was a Disaster. Kisine mujhe roka kyun nahi.. :((

smiley4g: 7 khoon maaf a dull movie,koi bhi khoon humne maaf nahi kiya.

siddhartha06: Watched 7 Khoon maaf today..In simple words it was pathetic...

siddardhab: Just watched 7 khoon maaf:...it kinda sucked

Shrutna: 7 Khoon maaf: Super slow, dark and quite uninteresting.

selenachalsey: 7 khoon maaf is soooo boring picture.......... {;-(

Sanketdas: No...no,,,no ,,,vishal bharadhwaj falls to the muse problem..priyanka's got no range... Looks constant all thru..7 khoon maaf..wasted opp

rk2twits: 7 khoon maaf. Mujhe maaf Karo. Boring n irritating.

randheerB: smtyms..evn if u gv awsm per4mance evn dn I ll say it was 1 of d worst movie I hv evr seen..sm in case of 7 khoon maaf..Vishal Bhardwaj

RakeshEnair: 7 khoon maaf = a boring film

pankaj7470: saat khoon maaf totally nonsense

pandit734: 7 khoon maaf is a boring film . acting is average and u cant feel anything for the actors at the end . nothing memorable in this film :(

Nits008: 7 khoon maaf is nothng but test of ur patience...

MITSU_VAISHNAV: Your Opinion on 7 Khoon Maaf.. I can just say one thing: What a HUGE disappointment! I'm hating Vishal Bharadwaj... http://fb.me/tE269YXO

mekkanikal: So, 7 khoon maaf wasn't good enough for me.

mayurdeepz: 7 Khoon Maaf : Unforgiving but extremely forgettable http://wp.me/pUpWn-2D

masandlander: Saat Khoon Maaf tested my patience. 2/5 stars http://bit.ly/dPxvBr

lilstraykitty: sad sad movie! saat khoon maaf!

lennyspeaks: can't decide which is worse, an axl rose-imitating, kilt-wearing john abraham singing 'oh mama' or 7 khoon maaf itself

krtgrphr: Netaji: "Mujhe khoon do aur main tumhe azaadi doonga". Audience at 7 Khoon Maaf: "Mera khoon kar do aur mujhe azaadi do".

kkkkkkhan: 7 khoon maaf most boring film ever made, total flop.

kinngsarkar: 7 khoon maaf was disappointing.Good music and decent acting can't save the weak screenplay.

Keviv_uk: Saw 7 Khoon Maaf last night but boy was it a struggle. The premise was interesting enough but was presented as a disjointed hurried affair.

kapskun: 7 Khoon Maaf.......A big disappointment as far as Vishal Bhardwaj is concerned..!.

kapadiapankit: 7 khoon maaf super flop movie !! :)

k4ms: Saat Khoon Maaf-labored,pointless&just so disjointed.Plus PC hams to the hilt.Beautiful songs though&Naseer ji&Irrfan shine as always.

jyotiska1: If I can maaf dhobi ghaat so can I maaf 7 khoon maaf for mental torture

jyotijagrook: yaaarooo main to lut geya 7 khun maaf dekha kar ....hey god Vishal ye tune kya kiyaaaaaaaaa

jiteshpillaai: Nice critique of saat khoon maaf. Slightly overwritten and tawdry. But engaging. Unlike the movie:) http://bit.ly/fIuZre

imdshadab: 7 Khoon Maaf' is disappointing, will entail losses http://bit.ly/cctlka #7khoonmaaf

iamemirates: SEEN SAAT KHOON MAAF THIS WEEKEND A SLIGHTY BORING FILM THE FILM IS GOOD DIRECTION,SCREEPLAY ALL GOOD BUT THE SCRIPT LACKS BADLY

hemanthsingh: Yudham sei and payanam in the last week, good tamil movies, sandwiched between them was the disappointing saat khoon maaf

Harkishan007: just watched 7 khoon maaf... BORED

ghoshneha: Saat Khoon Maaf is a flaccid movie with not a single WTF! moment.Lacks the punch and the goose-bump effect the plot could had achieved.

geetanjalijhala: 7 khoon maaf is overrated.

DreamsCentral: Good. U are saved. Its one of the stupid movies I've ever seenRT @madhu27: my plan 2 go 2 watch 7 khoon maaf cancelled due 2 rain

Dpeacekiller: Caution- U myt kil urself aftr watchn 7 khun maaf.

desigal90: "Vishal Bhardwaj's highly ambitious misstep, Saat Khoon Maaf, suffers mostly because of bad writing, but also because his leading lady"

deanfrank: Sudn rain..Evn natre dsdaind 7 khoon maaf! Fr sucha intriguing psychotic thrillr strylne d movi suckd. Lft me feelin bord n irritated..

bobin_james: Hugely disappointed with 7 Khoon Maaf. And the main culprit is not the acting or the production; it's the clunky writing.

bizzarebhide: 7 Khoon Maaf is unbearably long. After an interesting initial 20 minutes,itjust goes on and on and on ...

beingashkar: saat khoon maaf failss

A_Wicked_Soul: Saat Khoon Maaf - No less than a headache for me.

ansershock: If you see someone sitting at the edge of their seats during the Bollywood flick 7 khoon maaf, assume that they are farting. #boring

anjdgr8: Saat khoon maaf ....*a torture movie*

Anasdalvi: 7 Khoon Maaf: Seems like Bhardwaj took the words 'Susana is a Psychopath' and played it in loop for over 2.5 hours. That's about it.

adityab: So I watched 7 Khoon Maaf this morning. Disappointing. The script falls flat on its face and barely looks up at us.

absolutelyael: So what so interesting in 7 Khoon Maaf ? Nothing.

143udayyy: Today saw the most fucking movie n the history of bollywood...7 khoon maaf...

22 readers - 11 yays 9 so-so 2 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Buy Darvocet Online

Yay! Thumbs Up, by CHetan Kabra : awesome act by priyanka...

Yay! Thumbs Up, by G-10 : Like!!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Jatin : chars

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Resume Services : Must watch movie..esp for character of Sussanne

Yay! Thumbs Up, by resume writing : Decent

Yay! Thumbs Up, by seocg : I Never Wanted To Be An Actor- Vivan Shah

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Shruti Bansal

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Silent Rebellion : A must watch for art lovers and for love (truth) seekers

Yay! Thumbs Up, by sudhan from callezee

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Tarun : Awesome and brilliant movie

So-So, by Bollywood Gossip

So-So, by Francine : Rock Flat

So-So, by Hindilyrics4u.co.in : I like this particular review only for the tone of uncertainty, or rather the dilemma -- to like or

So-So, by Hindilyrics4u.co.un : 7KM great songs get all the lyrics from hindilyrics4u.co.in

So-So, by jitaditya : Not satisfactory, drags a bit towards the end. Strong performances, especially liked Annu Kapoor.

So-So, by JJ : poetic alright, but not engaging

So-So, by khush

So-So, by Lyricswale.com : .

So-So, by savita

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Lyricswale.com : I Liked Saat Khoon Maaf primarily because of the ending that made the murders and the entire story m

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Makarand

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Susanna (Priyanka Chopra) is out on the look for true love. She instead attracts weirdos one after the other as husbands.

Parental Guidance:

It's an all out adult film. To be kept out of children's reach

  • Violence: Lots, it's titled 7 khoon maaf after all! There's gruesome violence too.
  • Language: A few cuss words.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A few sexually explicit scenes and one violent one too.
  • Concept: That of finding true love and killing it if its untrue.
  • General Look and Feel: Dark and grim. Not fun at all.

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Comments (11)

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Can't wait for this one, just can't.

Awesome Review... Thanks for this.. I am going to watch this movie tomorrow. I was waiting for this movie or ling time.

I don't know if I should watch this movie or not. Reading your review makes me want to have a shot at it but I find my hopes building and I don't want to spoil my weekend in case it turns out plain bad. I am confused.

Nevertheless, fabulous review!

What do you think of the scenes in the end credits?...People stopped at teh stairs and watched those scenes for a last twist that never came...

I was waiting for this movie or long time
- but somehow the promos gives a surreal feeling

I generally agree with the review. I found it bland in general.I think my expectation was too high. I think Indian cinema is getting there but not there yet when you get to see what you expect to see and then even get more out of it. For some reason felt Priyanka dint fit the character too well.Bollywood Gossip

7 Khoon Maaf- A Justification

http://swetharamakrishnan.blogspot.com/2011/02/7-khoon-maaf-justification.html

@Rema I did remember your comment while watching the film. And 7 khoon maaf does have that kind of a feel but not overwhelmingly so, there is other stuff happening, so its not the focus

@Resume Services Thanks!

@Deboshree Thanks! Did you finally watch it?

@Jitaditya I liked one sentence that Arun says in the end credits, else they were alright. They didn't bother me nor did they leave a mark.

@Bollywood gossip really? you didn't think Priyanka fit the role? I absolutely loved her in it and the fact that they didn't glamorize her looks-wise.

@Shruti loved your take on the film!

@Swetha good one! :)

@Savita it's open to interpretation

@G10 and every once in 100 reviews you come across a comment that makes it all worth it. :) thanks you so much for your lovely, detailed comment. Overwhelmed.

>>> you wrote: Instead of the power that reviewers usually bestow upon themselves to become the demigods, who can decide the destiny of a film with the pungency of their words, your review expresses struggle, the struggle to make sense of the film. If nothing else, it brings you closer to the people you are writing for, who perhaps are stuck in the dilemma themselves.

I could write on and on about how I perceive my role as a reviewer. But, I'll stick to - I am a part of the audience, I go there to like a movie and try my best to do that. Dissing a movie - anyone can do :)

Thank you, once again!

@khush yep! i have two interpretations i'm struggling with too :)

Not good..dosnt linger on. was expecting better.
VB's movies demand superb actors. He should stop using the stars like Priyana, John Abraham who doesnt live up to the performance expected. I wish Tabu was there.
http://instantreaction-aditi.blogspot.com/

@G-10 :)

@Makarand oh well, to each his own - even indecisiveness :)

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