By Joginder Tuteja,┬áMarch 7, 2011 – 09:38 IST

‘Is it for real?’ – This was my first reaction on seeing the screenplay of 7 Khoon Maaf available on stands. This has to be the quickest ever launch of a screenplay and that too during the same time when the film was released. Unbelievable though it seemed, the fact remains that this was indeed true. Moreover, the book features not just the screenplay but also the short story ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’ as well as the novella (by the same name) penned by Ruskin Bond.

Now this makes for a triple whammy as one goes through the progression of a short story to a novella and then finally the screenplay (by Vishal Bhardwaj and Mathew Robbins), based on which Vishal went on to direct the Priyanka Chopra starrer. Not that it makes one jump with joy, as it actually happens in case of those screenplays which have indeed led to many an interesting film. However, the sheer reason behind one’s interest in turning over these 200 pages is to check out that at what level did the film indeed failed, as can be evidenced in the manner in which 7 Khoon Maaf was totally rejected by the audience.

Was it the very germ of the subject? Was it the thought of converting it into a novella? Was it the challenge of further turning it all into a film? Or did it all turn into a mess at the stage of story telling when the director called ‘action’?

As one realises after going through the written material, 7 Khoon Maaf turned out to be the way it More >