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Blackmail movie review: A mad, zany tale that’ll surely leave you crackling
Directed By: Abhinay Deo
Produced By: Abhinay Deo, Bhushan Kumar
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari
Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5
Irrfan Khan is notoriously famous to fancy subjects that are as distinct as chalk and cheese so when he toplines the unusual casting of Abhinay Deo’s ‘Blackmail ‘, you surely got your hopes pinned high. And Abhinay’s brainchild ‘Delhi Belly’ forces you to perceive his upcoming outing ‘Blackmail’ to stand apart albeit on similar counts and that it does manage to extract a madcap plot is a given here.
As the title suggests , this one’s heavily about a ‘Blackmail’ that slowly unfurls itself into multiple blackmails. For starters , Irrfan Khan’s in a loveless marriage and to salvage his already gone awry married life, he decides to turn up with a bouquet of roses at his house uninformed only to discover his wife in bed with her ex boyfriend named Ranjeet Arora (Arunoday Singh). While, you’d expect any normal man to get belligerent, he decides to choose the path less trodden in a normal family setup – BLACKMAIL. So, as he embarks on a zany journey of silently blackmailing his wife’s lover, the lover in return blackmails Irrfan’s wife. Well, this man (Arunoday Singh) too is leading a submissive life at the hands of his super rich alcoholic wife played by Divya Dutta who lovingly calls him a kutta. The fear of being caught leads each one of them in a wacky race of playing blackmails on each other which in result evokes enough humour to keep you entertained.
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While this plot rolls out, Irrfan aka Dev’s office shenanigans are equally crazy . His Boss played by Omi Vaidya is hellbent on selling their brand of toilet paper which gives way to subtle toilet humour and Irrfan’s colleague is a major tale-teller who in an inebriated state of mind spills out his blackmailing secrets to a newly joined ‘virgin’ female employee which in turn calls for another madcap situation at his workplace. Together, all things lead to one path i.e. BLACKMAIL and that’s portrayed with a humourous dash.
Coming from Abhinay Deo’s table, this one too belongs to the dark comedy genre and Irrfan shoulders the film like a breeze. You see the sorrow and the pain in his eyes which converts into hushed revenge with effortless ease. Kirti Kulhari is good at what she does while Arunoday Singh’s confused expressions aren’t too pleasing. Divya Dutta’s strong baritone as she calls out to her Tommy perfectly describes her need to overpower her hubby while Omi Vaidya as Irrfan’s adamant boss has his crazy American twang intact here too. Also, Pradhuman Singh as Anand Tripathi, his not-so-trustworthy colleague and Anuja Sathe as the greedy-for-money employee are good in their small yet noticeable characters.
The music is on point especially the track Badla which blends perfectly as the situations unfold. While, the plot of the movie is the hero, the pace could have been tightened as towards the end of the second half, we are yearning to come to a conclusion as soon as possible. Overall, this one’s a wacky tale that’s caught our eye in a long while.
P.S. If only Urmila Matondkar could have earned a better item number, we would have surely blown a few whistles there too.
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