Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes is a beautiiful woman and has many suitors and many problems.
She marries Neil Nitin Mukesh (Edwin Rodriques) a decorated major in the Army. However, the major has some major problems. Jimmy Stetson (John Abraham) moves from singing in the choir to a rockstar on stage funded generously by Susanna, but brings about his own downfall. And, this is not Rock On...so he has only a small role to play. Jim has to go. Enter Irrfan Khan as Wasiullah Khan, the poet, who is delicate with words, but not with women. Susanna changes her name and religion, but can't live with Mr. Khan for long and the poet almost ends up digging his own grave. Next is Aleksandr Dyachenko as Nicolai Vronsky, a Russian who falls prey to Susanna's ire and also literally to his death. Anu Kapoor as Keemat Lal, the investigating officer, initially salivating at her presence to extracting sex and finally manipulating her to marry him is perfect for the role. Naseeruddin Shah as Modhusudhon Tarafdar, who marries Susanna for reasons other than love, primarily money has a short role.
Among the husbands, only Anu Kapoor has a longish role. Neil Nitin looks good and so does Irrfan Khan. Rest all are passable.
Vishal Bharadwaj may win some awards for the movie. I think, the movie will work for some people. But, he has a formidable reputation to live upto. And I can't vouch, if this movie can stand up to his earlier gems, namely Maqbool and Omkara. Priyanka delivers a great performance and this will once again make her a strong contender for awards season next year. It's a role meant for a capable actress and she hardly falters. The other leading actresses need to find suitable scripts and director backed roles to match her performance in this movie.
All the supporting cast including gunga and the manager do great justice to their roles. Usha Uthup as Maggie, the maid was an interesting choice. But, except for lending her vocals, she didn't have much chance to perform. Though, she does play an important role in the movie and thats for you to find out.
The movie is basically seven short stories linked to one character. And, as with some other Vishal Bharadwaj movies, I wish, the ending was different. The movie tends to drag a little towards the end, as most of the murders are predictable and may be it had two murders too many.