Bhushan Kumar and Abhinay Deo’s Blackmail starring Irrfan Khan has opened to a warm reception by the audience collecting a total of Rs 11.22 crore over the first weekend. The quirky comedy received praises from critics, Bollywood biggies as well as the audience, being touted as one of the best dark comedies in the recent time.The intriguing storyline and brilliant performances pleased the viewers across quarters making the unusual and conventional film a hit.
Blackmail opened on a positive note recording a fantastic number for a dark comedy in recent times. Collecting 2.81 crores on Friday, Blackmail showcased a growth on Saturday collecting 3.85 crores and 4.56 crores on Sunday, taking the total collection to Rs 11.22 crore. Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to update the box office numbers of Irrfan Khan’s latest offering. He wrote, “#Blackमेल puts up DECENT NUMBERS in its opening weekend… The BO performance is similar to #HindiMedium [₹ 12.56 cr], although that film had a lower screen count… Weekdays are crucial… Fri 2.81 cr, Sat 3.85 cr, Sun 4.56 cr. Total: ₹ 11.22 cr. India biz.”
Made on a modest budget of Rs 18 crore, Blackmail has already recovered its cost of production and print and advertising from the satellite digital music and overseas collection.With the weekend collection, the quirky comedy has emerged as a hit at the box office. Irrfan portrays the character of Dev, who is so engrossed in his work that he can barely make time for his wife. One day when he decides to surprise her by going home early with a bouquet of flowers, he is left shocked to watch his wife in bed with her ex-lover.
While normally a man would opt for two options either kill his wife or kill his wife’s lover, Dev aka Irrfan decides to blackmail the wife’s lover. Portraying the unusual and complex role with ease, Irrfan has been receiving appreciation from all quarters. Produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and RDP Motion Pictures’ Abhinay Deo, Blackmail, directed by Abhinay Deo, is running successfully all over.