You expect blood and gore when you think of a film which talks of seven murders, your thoughts are reinforced when the opening shot spills blood all over the screen. My initial reaction to the opening sequence of Saat Khoon Maaf was similar to watching a Quentin Tarantino or Sanjay Gupta film with lots of tomatoes being squashed on screen.
But Vishal Bharadwaj is basically a poet at heart and his poetry comes alive, quite literally, in this outing with Priyanka Chopra and seven other male actors — some of them, the finest in Indian cinema. We know that Bharadwaj has a penchant for rural settings to serve as backdrops for his films; he also likes making films in low luminosity, using yellow, black and blue tinges. However, with Saat Khoon Maaf he has displayed, for the second time, his love for horses after Kaminey. The royal animal, while in motion, makes for amazing visuals — poetic motion.
As children all of us loved Ruskin Bond, didn’t we? And when the cuddly septuagenarian makes his big screen debut, you feel like telling him that this story may not be an ideal tale for children, but it sure is as hell of an interesting tale.