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Blackmail (2018)

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When Dev finds out his wife is cheating on him, he secretly blackmails his wife and her lover as a form of revenge.

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Abhinay Deo

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Parveez Sheikh (story and screenplay), Pradhuman Singh (dialogue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irrfan Khan ... Dev Kaushal
Kirti Kulhari ... Reena
Urmila Matondkar ... Mili (dancer in bewafa beauty song)
Gajraj Rao ... Chawla
Divya Dutta ... Dolly Verma
Arunoday Singh ... Ranjit Arora
Anuja Sathe ... Prabha Ghatpande
Omi Vaidya ... DK
Neelima Azim ... Dolly's mother
Pradhuman Singh Pradhuman Singh ... Anand Tripathi
Anjali Ujawane ... Prabha's Mother
Vibha Chhibber Vibha Chhibber ... Blind woman
Atul Kale Atul Kale ... BST Shankar
Saheb Das Manik Puri Saheb Das Manik Puri ... BMC Peon
Pravina Bhagwat Deshpande Pravina Bhagwat Deshpande ... Reena's Mother
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Dev Kaushal is a full time working man with an unexcited life on the requests of his friend Anand.He decides to surprise his wife Reena in order to make it exciting.But when he reaches home to surprise her he is shocked to see his wife with her boyfriend Ranjeet.Dev then decides to blackmail him and extort money from or else he will tell about his secret affair to his wife Dolly. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Raita See more »

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Irfan Khan read the script in two hours and gave his nod for the film. See more »

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The scene where Anand talks to his wife's father on the phone, his wife is dead. But we can see her blink once when the shot is from behind her. See more »

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Nindaraan Diyaan
lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya
music by Amit Trivedi
performed by Amit Trivedi, Rajiv Sunderesan, Suhas Sawant and Arun Kamath
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Black Comedy Done Right!
7 April 2018 | by nandidotSee all my reviews

Bollywood doesn't do dark comedy often; only a handful of good films come to mind. For me the list is topped by Ishqiya and its sequel. Fortunately, 'Blackmail' will be remembered as one of the good ones. And when the cast is headlined by the always brilliant Irrfan Khan (the Khan seems to back in his name) you know you're in for a treat. This is the kind of treat you chew slowly to savor all the flavors not sure what will hit you next. Should you gasp, cringe, or shake your head...you'll do all three with a chuckle.

When Dev (Irrfan) discovers his wife is cheating on him with a man who's married to a wealthy heiress he decides to blackmail the duo to extract money and revenge. Things don't go quite as planned when other players join the blackmailing game and you're left wondering who is trying to con whom. What works well here is that there are no innocent victims. Everyone deserves a slap on the wrist for something making this a fun watch. Writer Parveez Sheikh doesn't let up on the twists and makes sure the characters don't sit idly by for too long. Our incorrigible bunch find themselves in many hysterical predicaments and the laugher is unstoppable! Ranjit buying a gun was a personal favorite bit of mine.

But like the characters the screenplay is far from perfect. Pacing issues play a bit of a spoilsport and not every twist in the tale works. The movie is also far too long and should've been edited for a more impactful viewing. Thankfully there are enough jokes to keep you entertained even while losing patience. Director Abhinay Deo, of Delhi Belly fame, seems comfortable with the genre. He serves up a mature comedy that doesn't hold back with the cheeky dialogues or insinuations. As one character puts it, this is humor of the 'non-veg' variety. So if you get offended easily maybe sit this one out.

As I said earlier, Irrfan is always brilliant. He deadpans his way through the role showing actual emotion at only a couple of junctures. Such acting would've fallen flat in the hands of a lesser talent but with Irrfan it's all in capable hands. The rest of the cast does very well also. Arunoday Singh springs a pleasant surprise as the useless husband living off of his wife's money. Kirti Kulhari is competent and while Divya Dutta doesn't get much screen time she handles her part nicely. It's an effective ensemble that works in favor of the movie. The other strong point is Amit Trivedi's music which blends into the narrative perfectly. Every tune is acidic and keeps the plot rolling.

Blackmail is a mostly solid entertainer that delivers what it promises. It might be a while before we see another Irrfan Khan movie or another black comedy done right so enjoy the absurdity while you can and laugh the hurt away.

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