When I saw the trailer for Blackmail for the first time, I was all confused. It looked complicated, but nonetheless interesting. Dark comedies are so rare in Bollywood, so it would be unfair to miss this one, especially when it is directed by Abhinay Deo who earlier directed Delhi Belly.
The opening shots of Blackmail will definitely remind you of Delhi Belly . That minute eye for details is something that will impress you at the very beginning. And as the story progresses, every just gets better.
The story follows Dev Kaushal, who is married to Reena for 7 years. Understandably, they do not share the intimacy of a married couple. Dev tries to rekindle their marriage and decides to surprise his wife, only to get the shock of his life by catching her having an extra marital affair. But instead of confronting, he decides to blackmail the lover because he needs both badla and paisa.
The entire film then follows all th characters trying to save their asses- Device needs to conceal that he is the blackmailer and Reena and her lover, Ranjit has to hide their affair.
With a new twist coming up almost every half an hour, the film will keep you to the edge of your seat. Both the journey and the end are absolutely perfect.
Dark comedy is a genre that is difficult to deal with but director Abhinay Deo seems to have mastered this genre. This is the film that should have been his next after Delhi Belly. And if you were disappointed by Force 2, this on will make up for everything.
The performances in the film are top notch. Irrfan Khan, once again, will leave you impressed with his performance. There is truly no role that this man can't nail. He is at the top form. Along with him are Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta and Pradhuman Singh who deliver a brilliant performance. Not to forget Omi Vaidya as the Boss, who is back with a bang.
Music is another high point in the film. There's no song that will look out of place with the storyline. They seamlessly blend with the storyline. I just felt that Urmila deserved a better comeback, but even Bewafa Beauty was perfect with the story.
The story could have fallen flat, but the performances ensured that the film kept us hooked to the screen.
This definitely is an unmissable film that you must watch at least once.