The king of adaptations, Vishal Bharadwaj (also directed Kaminey) is back with another potential masterpiece – 7 Khoon Maaf (Seven Murders Forgiven). The ace director/music director/dialogues writer/lyricist has earned quite a name for himself by carrying out the unenviable task of translating adaptations (mainly Shakespearean) into the silver screen with unusual dexterity and finesse. Most of his previous directorial ventures, notably Makdee (2002), Maqbool (2004), Omkara (2006) and The Blue Umbrella (2007) have been successful book adaptations, garnering rave reviews from most Hindi film critics.
Release Date: 18 February, 2011
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
Star Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Annu Kappor, Vivaan Shah
Story: Matthew Ribbons, Vishal Bharadwaj
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
Cinematography: Ranjan Palit
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Bharadwaj’s latest movie 7 Khoon Maaf is a thriller based on Ruskin Bond’s famous short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vishal Bhardwaj. UTV Motion Pictures and VB Pictures Pvt. Ltd will be the banner under which the movie would be released on February 18, 2011.
7 Khoon Maaf revolves around an Anglo-Indian woman named Susanna, played by Priyanka Chopra, and her decision to go on a rampage and murder all her seven husbands, one at a time. The seven male leads have been played by Neil Nitin Mukesh (as Major Rodricks), John Abraham (Jimmy), Irrfan Khan (Wasiullah), Aleksandr Dyachenko (Vronsky), Annu Kapoor (Keemat Lal), Naseeruddin Shah (Tarafdar) and Vivaan Shah. The film also starts famous playback singer Usha Uthup as a maid and Konkona Sen Sharma in a special appearance.
As is the case with all Vishal Bharadwaj movies, expectations are sky high from 7 Khoon Maaf. Vishal is known for making ordinary scenes look spectacular with his Quentin Tarantino-styled direction, effective camerawork and compelling background score. Many scenes in his previous directorial venture Kaminey were absolute brain teasers, particularly those shot in the hotel. Like his other flicks, Vishal has composed music for his new film as well.
Little Known Facts about 7 Khoon Maaf
Within the stage of production, 7 Khoon Maaf has already witnessed a couple of name changes. The film was previously titled Seven and Ek Batta Saat. Also, Bharadwaj had initially approached southern superstar Mohanlal to play one of Susanna’s husbands. However, the actor declined the offer for unrevealed reasons. His role was then bagged by John Abraham. Not a bad actor to replace at all!
Another interesting fact about the movie is that Priyanka Chopra would play characters whose age ranges from 20 to 65. As a result, the Bollywood actress had to undergo several makeovers throughout the course of the movie to look like the wife of seven differently aged men. Prosthetics played a big part in the movie for which, Vishal hired the Oscar winning make-up artist Greg Cannom (of The Curios Case of Benjamin fame) to develop seven distinguished looks for Priyanka.
Not surprisingly, Priyanka found it extremely challenging to get the look of a 65-year old woman, and even used her grandma’s picture to that end. In addition, the actress chose not to eat or drink anything during the scenes involving prosthetics, which means that she used to starve for hours together. The challenge was only compounded by the fact that the director asked Priyanka to gain some weight to fit the bill. The shooting of 7 Khoon Maaf commenced on March 24, 2010 at Sri Nagar’s pristine Shalimar Gardens. Other places where the film has been shot include Delhi, Coorg, Mysore, Pondicherry and Mumbai.
The trailer of 7 Khoon Maaf has finally been launched and is already creating ripples for its interesting ‘look and feel’. We see an interesting tune based on Russian track Kalinka playing in the background even as Susanna plots to kill her seven husbands. If the trailer is anything to go by, 7 Khoon Maaf looks like another well-made film from a skillful director.