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Blackmail (2005)

'Blackmail' is a story about a cop (Sunil Shetty) and a criminal (Ajay Devgan). The criminal wants to get even with the cop for having put him behind bars and he does so by kidnapping the cop's kid when he gets out of the jail.


Anil Devgan


Robin Bhatt (story and screenplay), Javed Siddiqui (dialogue)


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Credited cast:
Ajay Devgn ... Shekhar Mohan
Sunil Shetty ... ACP Abhay Rathod
Priyanka Chopra ... Mrs. Rathod
Dia Mirza ... Mrs. Mohan (Shekhar's wife) (as Diya Mirza)
Parth Dave Parth Dave ... Chirag Rathod
Mukesh Rishi ... Chhota
Siddharth Ray Siddharth Ray ... John
Shiva Rindani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashok Beniwal Ashok Beniwal
Sunil Bob Sunil Bob
Chand Dhar Chand Dhar
Saurabh Dubey Saurabh Dubey
Monalisa ... Dancer
Jaspal Sandhu Jaspal Sandhu
Varsha Varsha


Inspector Abhay Rathod is a honest and diligent Police Inspector employed with Bombay Police. He was assigned the case of racketeer and criminal don, Shekhar Mohan. Abhay successfully entraps and arrests him, and has him sentenced to a long jail term. Years later, Abhay is now the Assistant Commissioner of Police; is married, and has a son named Chirag; and Shekhar Mohan has completed his jail term and is looking to seek vengeance against Abhay. He does so by kidnapping Chirag and taking him along with him. He object is not to seek any ransom money, but attempt to separate the child from his parents, as well as attempt to make a place in his heart. Shekhar finds out that Chirag loves racing and takes him on various race courses where the child is thrilled to watch fast sport cars, and soon starts a friendship with "Uncle" Shekhar. But with Abhay and the police closing in fast, will Shekhar and Chirag be able to maintain their friendship? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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28 January 2005 (India) See more »

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25 February 2005 | by abhishek-1See all my reviews


They say that you have to taste the bitter to appreciate the sweet. Well, it is this humble reviewer's hope that the adage holds true in this case! 'Blackmail' is the first of the three black films that Bollywood has to offer in this new year(Anurag Kashyap's 'Black Friday' and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Big B-Rani starrer 'Black' are the other two). And one wishes that this wretched piece of film-making is only the bitter that will help us appreciate the sweet.

'Blackmail' is directed by Ajay Devgan's cousin, Anil Devgan. Understandably, one can excuse Ajay for having acted in this debacle. But then, Ajay also starred in this year's recent disaster called 'Insan'! Why do established actors like Ajay and Akshay Kumar(his partner-in-crime) have to act in movies like 'Insan' is something that baffles me. Especially when they are both financially sound and gifted in the acting department too!

Anyway, back to 'Blackmail'. If you care enough, here are the details. Shekhar(Ajay) is a former car rally driver who uses his driving skills to assist criminals from escaping the scene of crime. Jason Statham's 'The Transporter', anyone? After having eluded the police several times, he is finally caught by ACP Ajay Singh Rathore(Sunil Shetty) during a car-chase that results in the death of Shekhar's pregnant wife, but not before she gives birth to his child. Locked behind bars, Shekhar awaits his release and the opportunity to get even with Ajay. By the time he's out of prison, Ajay has a wife(Priyanka Chopra) and an eight year-old son Chirag(Parth Dave). The title of the movie doesn't really come into play until midway when Shekhar kidnaps Chirag for information on his own child's whereabouts. And just like Chirag is held hostage, we- the audience are held hostage to this mind-numbing crap as well.

Marketed as a thriller, the film hardly has any thrilling moments. The screamplay(written by Robin Bhatt) lacks vigour and the dialogues(Javed Siddiqui) are amateurish. Sample this- "Jail mein toh hawaldar bhi hawa mein udtaa hai". The cinematography(Nirmal Jani) is dizzy and the actions(Allan-Amin) irritate with its various influences(side note: 'The Matrix' should never have been released in India). The music department fails very badly, what with the songs sounding too familiar and the background score(Amar Mohile) lifted unashamedly from John Debney's fabulous work on 'The Passion Of The Christ'. Himesh Reshammiya seems determined to become the next rickshaw favourite after Nadeem-Shravan. His tunes cater specifically to this stratum.

Finally it is left to the competent Ajay Devgan to lend this film some credibility. And he does too! He performs his part with utmost diligence. But even he won't be able to guarantee success to this film. Sunil Shetty is terrible to say the least. He dresses up like a club bouncer and resembles anything but a man of the force. The women have pretty little to do than dance(especially an item song that is unquestionably in very bad taste). The only positive thing about this forgettable flick is its running time which is roughly about 120 minutes. And thank god for that!

  • Abhishek Bandekar

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28th January, 2005

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