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Priyanka's best movie

Priyanka's best movie

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Priyanka Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anu Kapoor, Alexansdr Dyachenko, Vivaan Shah, Usha Uthup, Ruskin Bond

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

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'7 Khoon Maaf' released in India this Friday, February 18, 2011, is a milestone in Bollywood's history. The movie demonstrates Indian cinema has transformed into a global one. The movie is a full-fledged dark comedy based on Ruskin Bond's short story, 'Susanna's Seven Husbands'. The movie's director Vishal Bhardwaj must be commended for a wonderfully establishing the characters by narration, albeit slow. His portrayal of the main character, Susanna, played by Priyanka Chopra, who lives through 20 to 65 years of age on screen worth watching. The USP of this flick certainly is Piggy Chops' best and varied performance, propelling her to possible be the Queen of Bollywood!

The theme of the movie is the usual 'love has no boundary.' The effervescent Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes has seven husbands including Major Edwin Rodriques played by Neil Nitin Mukesh, singer Jimmy Stetson (John Abraham), poet Wasiullah Khan (Irrfan Khan), Russian Nicolai Vronsky (Aleksandr Dyachenko), police officer Keemat Lal (Anu Kapoor), Doctor Modhusudhon Tarafdar (Naseeruddin Shah) and the last Arun (Vivaan Shah, son of Naseeruddin Shah) who calls Susanna his Goddess of love! One would recollect the story was earlier titled "Adamkhor Major" with Neil playing Major Edwin Rodrigues, a handsome but old man that Susanna falls in love with.

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In '7 Khoon Maaf', Susanna looks for love, but is sad as she fails to get it even after marrying seven times. In fact, she ends up a weird woman and a suspect of her husbands' murder. Vishal Bhardwaj isn't new at making tragedies; he has filmed 'Othello' and 'Macbeth' (Shakespeare's dramas) in the past. That's why he succeeds in portraying the agony of every wronged woman. That's another matter that Bhardwaj's Susanna doesn't mind using snakes and poisonous mushrooms and loaded guns to get rid of her seven husbands. After all they belong to one or the other category of the wrong-doing husbands by having been two-timing, wife-beating, junkie, murderous, authoritative or sadistic. Hence, Bhardwaj's Susanna shouldn't be blamed for their ill fate.

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The movie's plot, screenplay and dialogues are as kosher as Ruskin Bond had laid out in his short story. Director Bhardwaj is adept and skillful at portraying his characters. Credit must go to the cast too for playing their assigned roles well. So, the performances are superb. But, Priyanka Chopra steals the show playing a wronged wife ranging through an age span of 20 to 65.

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Gulzar and Vishal have provided fantastic lyrics, melody and music, especially the "Darrrling" number, to the film. Other songs are equally mesmerizing. The movie had to be rated for "Adults" because of the violence and sex sequences. Overall, '7 Khoon Maaf' is a refreshing and a recommended movie to watch. After all, it's a rare example of Bollywood's New Cinema!!

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