Director: Abhinay Deo
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta and Omi Vaidya
Screenplay: Parveez Sheikh
Dialogue: Pradhuman Singh
T-series and Abhinay Deo’s Blackmail is a comedy thriller about an urban marriage. The story revolves around a husband who finds out about his wife’s extra martial affair and what he does next is what the film is all about.
Dev (Irrfan) a sales manager working in a company named My Handy owned by DK (Omi Vaidya) which produces toilet paper, generally works till late but one fine day decides to go early to surprise his wife with a bunch of roses but because all flower shops are closed he goes to a cemetery and picks up the roses from there. His idea is to surprise his wife Reena (Kirti) and add some spark into their unhappy marriage life. As he enters his house his sees his wife on bed with another man named Ranjit (Arunoday Singh), he thinks of murdering them but because he does not love violence, Dev decides to blackmail Ranjit. He messages Ranjit and asks for 1 Lakh ruppes so that he can pay his home loan, car loan and television bill. Ranjit himself is no less than a loser and lives on the mercy of his wife Dolly (Divya Dutta) daughter of a wealthy person who treats him like a piece of garbage. The film picks momentum after a twist where we see Ranjit starts blackmailing Reena and if Reena dosents pay him 1 lakh twenty thousand rupees than he will tell about her extra martial affair to dev. The film has various turn of events which unfolds in front of us but the film is rather a low key thriller which is carried completely by Irrfan on his shoulder. Blackmail is a movie which walks on a road where you won’t see any character whose soul smells like roses. This dark comedy revolving around two urban marriages is an entertaining film but in pieces. The film fails to hit the high notes.
Technically the film is okay, editing is nice, some dialogues are written brilliantly which makes you laugh, screenplay is okay, could have been much better. Overall technically the film could have been done better.
Irrfan Khan saves the film; he carries the entire film on his shoulder. He is in his elements as a husband who is all set to take revenge from his wife and her boyfriend. But apart from him all the other characters fails to impress. There is Kirti Kulhari the bored wife of Dev (Irrfan) who watches Bollywood movies on television and only talks to her husband to enquire whether he has paid the television rental or not. She wanted to marry Ranjit (Arunoday Singh) in the first place but Ranjit gets married to Dolly (Divya Dutta). Then there is DK (Omi Vaidya) the owner of My Handy Company which produces toilet paper and is obsessed with saving water. And Arunoday Singh plays the husband of a foul mouth Dolly (Divya Dutta). All the other characters except Irrfan are good in bit and pieces. Divya Dutta an actress with such great caliber is completely wasted.
Director Abhinay Deo starts on a promising note but in the end turns into sluggishness and could not play out a zippy idea very well. The film is good in parts but could have been made better.