Irrfan Khan‘s much-awaited Blackmail directed by Abhinay Deo has finally hit theatres. The film had become the talk of the town thanks to its quirky trailer and songs. Earlier there was talk about the film’s release getting postponed due to Irrfan’s illness however, the actor wanted the film to get the best release possible so the makers decided to release the film as per schedule on April 6. Apart from Irrfan, the dark comedy also stars Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh, Omi Vaidya, Anuja Sathe, Pradhuman Singh Mall, Gajraj Rao. Is the film worth your weekend? Read reviews of Blackmail below by critics to find out!
BollywoodLife in their review said, “The story of the film is the winner, hands down, and in a film that stars The Irrfan Khan, this is saying a lot. The film, much like the game, Pac Man, that Dev keeps playing, is all about who devours who, before getting themselves killed. It is a dark, dark comedy that is as good as dark chocolate. There’s humour in the mundane and you only realise that when it is pointed out to you. Which this film does in good measure. It is such a delight to watch a film that doesn’t rely solely on the performance of its lead cast to shine.”
According to DNA, ” Blackmail is a thoroughly enjoyable ‘black’ comedy that will have you laughing aloud on a lot of occasions. What goes against the film is the pace. For a thriller, it definitely needed sharper scissors – 139 minutes, really? Had the editing been better, especially in cutting out Arunoday Singh’s hangdog expressions (in a couple of places), it would have helped.”
Firstpost in its review stated, ” Director Abhinay Deo returns to his long-lost Delhi Belly form and delivers some memorable scenes laced with his signature adult comedy. Dancing just right to his distant beat is Irrfan who never misses a note. His expressions and body language stay true to his not-trying-too-hard approach yet he manages to tickle the funny bone with his droopy eyes that are brought to life by a glint of mischief.” Also, take a look at what the audience has to say about the film in the video below:
According to Gulf News, “Blackmail is a film that celebrates the sheer lunacy of the marital equation when pushed against betrayal. Its strength lies in generating laughter out of the most meditative mishaps of marriage. The sheer preposterousness of making adultery into an occasion of a serial blackmail is used to invoke a sense of unabashed boisterousness.”