Blackmail (2018) – Movie review

Blackmail is the dark comedy-drama film co-produced and directed by Abhinay Deo. The film has a flavor of Abhinay Dev’s previously directed exceptionally brilliant film Delhi Belly (2011). The film stars Irrfan Khan in a lead role, his versatility in his performances, and peculiarity in picking his roles is enough to drag movie lovers to the theatres.

The film revolves around the unexciting life of Dev (Irrfan Khan), a middle-aged married man stuck in a full day-time job. One fine day, Dev decides to give a sweet surprise to his wife Reena (Kirti Kulhari) by coming home early, but things turn sore after he finds that his wife is having an extramarital affair. Broken Dev, being not so common person, rather going for any obvious reactions he picks to secretly blackmail his wife and her lover as a form of revenge. What follows next is the not so ordinary film filled with black comedy and unexpected turns of events with quirky fun-filled characters.

The best thing about this film is that the film has managed to balance it’s funny, emotional, dramatic, and dark comedy moments really well, it never seems overlapping, and that’s the reason it is worth watching. The plot of the film is very unique, and the characters arcs are totally refreshing and engaging. The film has its own flaws, and there are some loose ends, but writers have managed to give a satisfactory full stop to the story. Irrfan’s character is so uncommon, who does some really funny and sometimes dark and unexpected things, and he has given full justice to it.

Verdict : Despite it’s flaws, the film has pulled very fresh and unconventional topic brilliantly.

Rating : 3.7/5

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