The 2011 film 7 Khoon Maaf, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, was based on a Ruskin Bond tale. Bond enlarged his four-page short tale into an 80-page novella, while Bhardwaj later collaborated with Matthew Robbins on the screenplay.
In addition to Priyanka Chopra, the film also stars Vivaan Shah, Irrfan Khan, Annu Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Naseeruddin Shah, and Usha Uthup. Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, an Anglo-Indian woman, is portrayed as a femme fatale who kills six people in her never-ending search for love.
Bhardwaj co-wrote the script with Matthew Robbins after Bond enlarged his four-page short story into an 80-page novella. The film’s principal photography began in Kashmir before traveling to Coorg for prolonged filming. The film premiered on February 18, 2011, to widespread critical acclaim, with Chopra’s performance receiving particular appreciation. 7 Khoon Maaf flopped at the movie office despite widespread critical acclaim.
However, its producers claim that it made money by earning a total of 33 crores (US$4.4 million) from the box office and television-music-home-video rights against a production expenditure of 15 crores (US$2.0 million). It had its world premiere at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, and it went on to win multiple awards at other award ceremonies across India.
7 Khoon Maaf garnered four nominations at the 57th Filmfare Awards, winning two of them: the Best Actress Critics Award for Chopra and the Best Female Playback Singer for Uthup and Rekha Bhardwaj for ‘Darling’ song.
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