Blackmail: A delightful Black Comedy (food for curious minds)
If one is looking for any intelligent narrative crux with humour and suspense, this movie Blackmail is for sure, a delightful food for a curious mind. Well, it can, however, be regarded as one of the most “sense-engaging” movies in the beginning of the year.
Blackmail Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Omi Vaidya, Gajraj Rao, Anuja Sathe, Prabhudhuman Singh Mall
Director: Abhinay Deo
Director Abhinay Deo and his bunch of talented cast with their wicked, witty and vicious acts make Blackmail a must watch.
Blackmail‘s story revolves around Dev Kaushal (Irrfan Khan) and Reena (Kirti Kulhari) a couple suffering from the seven-year itch with Reena finding her spice in life in bed with ex-boyfriend Ranjeet (Arunoday Singh) and Dev satisfying his kinks in his office’s toilet in front of stolen photographs of his colleagues’ and boss’ wives.
During one of his many nocturnal visits at Reena’s home, Dev catches her and Ranjeet red handed and instead of getting furious or violent decides to get even with the cheats. He goes through three options mentally – killing the wife, killing the lover or blackmailing the lover.
Dev goes with the third option that results in rise of innumerous unexpected situations. Rest of the story is divided into 4 blackmails taking place in the film. Who blackmails who, blackmailer becomes blackmailee and many more things get uncovered in the second half.
The pace of the first half is a bit slow. It takes time to setup all the plots, but even then, the humour stays crisp and entertaining. The second half is a laughter riot. As each plot unfolds, the situations get bizarrely funny. Abhinay Deo’s direction is on the money. After his black comedy Delhi Belly, he has cracked another one in this genre with Blackmail. The sublime toilet humour in this story reminds you of Delhi Belly. The music in the film (Amit Trivedi) beautifully accentuates the right scenes. Badla, the rap featuring Trivedi and Divine has been used effectively, and it adds great energy to the narrative. In the film, Omi Vaidya who’s back with his crazy American twang keeps encouraging Dev by saying, “shake it up” (pun intended!). Add to that, there’s a zany song called Sataasat with lyrics alluding to literally shaking it off! Blackmail’s quirky humour and presentation makes it a delight ride.
Irrfan gives a solid performance as the average office guy who can’t stand up to his boss, nor to his unfaithful wife. He brings an air of helplessness to his character and keeps a straight face even when he’s plotting and planning the blackmail. There’s a degree of uncertainty in his actions which comes from his goodness – and that’s what adds to the hilarity of it all. Arunoday Singh, as the wacky track-suit wearing bad boy, is a rage. It’s one of the best performances of his career. Divya Dutta as Ranjit’s drunken and dominating wife adds to the amusement. Her scenes with Arunoday are engaging. Also Kriti Kulhari, is decent in her part as the philandering wife.
The plot of Blackmail is its hero and it manages to strike a good balance between dark and funny. Characters are bumped off, sometimes in most gory detail and strange events unfold, but the film never loses its vein of easy, black humour. This is one of the most wickedly funny films with a touch of intelligence that we’ve seen in a long time.