With his masterful adaptations of Shakespeare with Maqbool and Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj turns to another literary source: Ruskin Bond’s short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands for Saat Khoon Maaf . A film like Saat Khoon Maaf is likely to be heralded a classic or cult turkey in later years, but for now it is a solid effort on Vishal Bhardwaj’s part to attempt a macabre tale like this. If he modernized Shakespeare for Indian audiences, then he creates a dark Southern Gothic mixed with a Greek tragedy in this film.
The movie is shrouded in shadows and adopts film noir techniques to draw the audience into Susanna’s twisted world. Right from the striking first shot, Bhardwaj captures our attention with a snivelling Susanna (Priyanka Chopra) and a pistol in her hand. Susanna is hungry for true love in all its glory and finds them in patches with her seven husbands. The rest of the film is narrated in flashback by Susanna’s prot