Dark thriller film about Indian husband killer

Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:53pm EST
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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) - Over the last decade, Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood with his edgy, contemporary style of filmmaking.

Bhardwaj, best known for his Bollywood adaptations of the Shakespearean tragedies "Othello" and "Macbeth," is now wooing Indian audiences with a dark thriller about a woman accused of murdering her seven husbands.

"7 Khoon Maaf" (7 Murders Forgiven), based on a short story by writer Ruskin Bond, opens in India Friday after its premiere at the Berlin film festival.

Bhardwaj, 50, spoke to Reuters about making a film with a "negative" heroine in a film industry that rarely sees female protagonists.

Q: What was it about the short story that made you want to make it into a film?

A: "I thought it was such an unusual, interesting and intriguing story. The common man in me thought why would someone have seven husbands and then kill all of them. The basic concept was so compelling, that I thought if I can feel so excited about it, everyone will.

"In fact, when we were discussing the marketing and promotion of the film, everyone told me you are revealing everything in the title - we promise you seven delicious murders. If it were me and I had to choose a film about the life of, say, Swami Vivekananda and a film that had seven murders, I would watch the latter."

Q: What are the challenges in turning a short story into a full-length feature film?   Continued...