being brown

सातवाँ खून किस का था?

I just  had a wonderfully lazy weekend thanks to Nikki. Our lethargies were in sync and we liked nothing better than to eat huge amounts of macaroni and cheese and watch tv and talk. And that’s what we did.

But we did venture out Saturday evening to watch the movie सात खून माफ. Now, this seems like a thriller, what with murder (and 7 at that). But it isn’t. It’s a movie about a woman who marries several times and each time she kills her husband . There’s no suspense about the murder. The movie just describes the characters of the woman and the husbands and we are told exactly why she kills them each time and exactly how she does it.

Due to a pantheon of brilliant actors doing husband roles, I think Priyanka Chopra’s talent also came to the fore. She seemed to have absorbed  some acting lessons along the way. In order, the husbands were Neil Nitin Mukesh ( tolerably good acting), John Abraham ( the absolute worst ever), Irfan Khan ( brilliant as ever), Anu Kapoor ( really awesome, his character was so mean and small and cheap, must have taken some fortitude to play that character), and a Russian dude ( I don’t know his name, and acting wasn’t very noteworthy) and the ever finest Naseeruddin Shah. The narrator of the story is a young boy played by Naseerudding Shah’s son, who was a child growing up in Priyanka’s house.

Priyanka’s character, one feels, is undergoing this spate of bad luck that she seems to always end up with men who abuse her, physically, mentally, and otherwise. She seems to always fall for the men with horrible vices that makes her want to kill them. And so each time she finds out about their vices she begins to plan their murder aided and abetted by a loyal staff consisting of a nurse (played by Usha Uthup), a butler cum chauffer and a jockey. Finally though, we are left wondering which the seventh husband was. Which was the seventh murder? Nikki and I really liked all aspects of the movie until we came to the end. As Nikki said it almost seemed as if the script writer had to answer an urgent call of nature and ended it abruptly.

Konkana Sen gives a memorable performance to a really small appearance, as usual. And the surprise element is that Ruskin Bond makes a cameo appearance. ( The story is based on his short story). A good word must be put in about the music. Its lively and each song is mod appropriate.Overall, please go watch it. Its great!

And do tell us which was the seventh murder.

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4 responses

  1. Ishma Siddiqi

    It’s not come as a surprise to me that you loved the movie… With stars like Naseer, konkana, Irrfan, the movie was bound to be worth a watch. Going by ur reviews, I guess I’ll watch this one! Thanks.. And yeah, you better watch 17 hrs.. You’ll be blown over, particularly, by the music, courtesy AR Rehman 😉

    February 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  2. Ishma Siddiqi

    127 hrs*

    February 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

  3. Arundhati

    Late reply,I know, but saatva khoon was herself, I think. (or, more likely, the maid played by Usha Uthoop).
    Secondly, “Naseerudding” Shah! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😀
    Also, I completely disagree about Konkona Sen’s acting and role. She was plain annoying. And I’ve started to notice that she plays the exact same role everywhere. The same whiny, annoyingly perfect, cute little short person. The same in “Wake Up Sid”, “Luck by Chance”, and again here. The characters themselves may come from different backgrounds and carry different baggage, but she infuses all of them with the exact same personality. There is absolutely no depth to her performances anymore because she isn’t challenged in these roles- this is all disappointing because she showed SO much promise after “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

  4. Arundhati

    Also, agree with Ishma. 127 Hours is one of the best movies I’ve seen lately. Fantastic film-making! And wonderful acting!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

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