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7 KHOON MAAF artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 147m 50s

Release date 18/02/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence, sexual violence, language and hard drug use

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Vishal Bhardwaj

Cast includes Priyanka Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Vivaan Shah

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 08/02/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

7 KHOON MAAF is a Hindi language thriller about a woman who marries and murders seven husbands. The film was classified '15' for strong violence, hard drug use, language and sexual violence.

The film contains four uses of strong language in English, none of which are aggressive or sexualised. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'. The film also includes infrequent scenes suggesting hard drug use, when one of the husband characters becomes a heroin addict. There are some images of a syringe and tourniquet to establish his drug habit. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'. In this film, the drug using element of his character proves to be his downfall and is therefore an aversive portrayal of drug use. The film also includes some scenes of strong violence, which form the seven murders of the film's title. The violence includes the depiction of gun killings, stabbings and the exchange of punches and blows. There is some emphasis on bloody detail in the depiction of violence, although generally briefly. At '15', the Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

The film also includes sexual violence during the love-making sequences that Susanna has with her unhinged Kashmiri husband. The pair are shown having sex, during which the male character becomes violent and starts slapping Susanna and aggressively grabbing at her. The images of sexual violence in this sequence are unexpected and stark but are brief and discreetly portrayed. The Guidelines at '15' state that 'any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification'. In this case, the sexually violent nature of the man is the cause of his murder, as an act of retribution on the part of Susanna. Therefore, there is strong contextual justification for these brief and discreet images.


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