Dressed to Kill: Women with negative shades in Vishal Bhardwaj's films are often portrayed in simple and sobre contexts, with their character outshining their image.
Priyanka Chopra plays the praying mantis in 7 Khoon Maaf. Her character's choice in clothing, more like her stylistís, is in keeping with her status but also with the trends of the day, even as she ages from her 20s to a 70-year-old.
Vidya Balan plays the role of Krishna, a rustic femme fatale who hoodwinks two thugs in Ishqiya. She wears unremarkable chintz saris through the film that hang shapelessly on her, belying the seductress that lurks within.
Kareena Kapoorís Dolly-Desdemona is bereft of negativity; her only flaw being falling for the wrong man. Her unfashionable salwar-kameezes cannot hide her unimaginable luminescence, unreal in the dust and grime of a small-town setting.
Tabuís Nimmi in Maqbool is Lady Macbeth, whose beautiful shararas conceal her wily affair with ganglord Abbajiís main sidekick, Maqbool (Irrfan Khan). Nimmi is the biggest villain in this story as is Lady Macbeth in hers, beauty with a purpose to destroy.