Friday review: 7 Khoon Maaf, dark and engaging

New Delhi (Jagran Post Network):

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, Anu Kapoor, Vivaan Shah , Aleksandr Dyachenko, Konkana Sen Sharma and Usha Utthup

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj rating: ***

It is indeed a brave attempt on Vishal Bharadwaj’s part to take a leap from Shakespeare and narrate an unconventional story of a woman who marries several times- precisely seven times- following the untimely deaths of her unsavoury husbands.

Adapted from a Ruskin Bond short story 'Susanna's Seven Husbands', 7 Khoon Maaf is an intensely dark film and unravels the tale of a cynical woman who only seeks love in her life. But unfortunately she is proved extremely unfortunate in this regard, driving her to device innovative measures to get rid of her husbands who are flawed.

Susanna (Priyanka) is a woman in anguish after being unlucky in love. Even though she marries and remarries, one does not feel animosity or loathing towards her as she does this in her quest to find true love. Bharadwaj does offer valid reasons to get rid of those men in her life as she carries the pain of being wronged either by a two-timing husband, a wife-beating husband, a junkie husband, a murderous husband, a dictatorial husband, a sadistic husband, a husband who treats his wife as a sex object.

Bhardwaj's cinema has always been avant-garde and quirky and even this time around he has tried his best to provide an all new experience to viewers. Undoubtedly this movie garners a landmark performance in Priyanka’s career graph.

Talking about the storyline, the film works in parts. The stories which involve Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan and Annu Kapoor are riveting while Naseeruddin Shah and Aleksandr Dyachenko’s part could have been better narrated.

One major drawback of the film is that the uninteresting narratives come in the latter half, making the film excessively lengthy. The impact generated by a captivating first hour gets diluted in post-interval.

There was much scope of editing in the film which could have made it crispier, as to some extent the film fails to connect emotionally or even strike a sensual chord with the viewers.

On the whole the film will tentatively meet with diverse reactions, some will like it and some will abhor it. But you must give it a chance, that will be maaf!.