7 Sins Forgiven.
(7 KHOON MAAF)
A UTV (worldwide) release of a UTV Motion Pictures, Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures production. (International sales: UTV, Mumbai.) Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Vishal Bhardwaj. Co-producers, Zarina Mehta, Deven Khote, Siddharth Roy Kaput, Rekha Bhardwaj. Executive producer, Ajay G. Rai. Creative producer, Vikas Bhat.
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Screenplay, Matthew Robbins, Bhardwaj, based on the short story "Susanna's Seven Husbands" by Ruskin Bond. Reviewed at Berlin Film Fesrival (Panorama Special), Feb. 17, 2011. Running time: 147 MIN.
With: Priyanka Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkana Sen Sharma, Vivaan Shah, Usha Uthup, Harish Khanna, Shashi Malviya, Ayush Tandon.
(Hindi, English, Russian dialogue)
"Looking for love in all the wrong places" could be the catchphrase for "7 Sins Forgiven," a delightfully wicked and deliciously subversive romp tracking a woman through seven husbands and seven untimely deaths. Vishal Bhardwaj's follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Kaminey" is another kettle of fish, light on action sequences and driven largely by sharply defined characters whose peccadilloes make for a very enjoyable ride. Initial opening at home, coinciding with the Berlin screening, has been unimpressive, with some pundits suggesting the pic's dark subject might make locals wary; international lest auds shouldn't be similarly circumspect.