No doubt Irrfan Khan is an asset to this industry. He is par excellence when it comes to acting and trust us when we say he can pull off any given character with equal ease and much conviction. So we were certain that even with his latest outing Blackmail directed by Abhinay Deo, he will make sure he proves his worth and there...there..despite the film not being promoted so hugely, the critics are loving Irrfan's performance, even better than the story. Here, we bring you all the reviews below:
Starting with BollywoodLife's movie critic Ankita Chaurasia who says, "Watching Blackmail is like riding a roller-coaster – you don’t know as to what will happen next but the mere thrill of it is enough to make you hop on. With so much amusement, it is no wonder that you don’t want the ride to end. It would be criminal to miss this one. An absolute must-watch!" And Following are the remaining reviews: Also read: Blackmail movie review: Irrfan Khan delights in an equally brilliant film that can be the textbook definition of dark comedies
"The one man who keeps us watching, regardless, is Irrfan, who plays a jerk-off artist and blackmailer as essentially a decent guy making the best of a bad job. He is one actor who can, with subtle shifts, reveal an interior life; he can show without telling. He is terrific. The film doesn’t match up."
"If there is one thing that offers roadblocks in this otherwise fun ride, it is the slow pace with which Abhinav establishes his plot and characters. The initial one hour seems stretched as the story hardly moves in this period. It is only towards the second half that Blackmail picks up pace. However, the performances, fun filled and realistic story-telling keep you engaged and entertained."
"Irrfan Khan breathes life into the cuckold hero, giving him the flailing run of a man who doesn't know how to run, and making his voyeuristic habits appear real, even affectionate - though Deo, who once directed the uproarious Delhi Belly, tries ill-advisedly to shock us with some absurd scenes involving Khan as a pathological masturbator, groan-worthy scenes that don't push the envelope as much as they make it grubby. Half the film involves Khan wishfully imagine killing other characters - a what-if device the film leans on exasperatingly often - a justifiable feeling given the tediousness of the script and the characters. Blackmail is a good crime for comedy. There is a victimless feel to it, because the crime has a sense of righteous comeuppance, since the person being blackmailed does, on some level, have it coming. That doesn't mean it's harmless, though. In bad movies about victimless crimes, the victims are the ones watching."
"Irrfan often overplays his underplaying, but his restraint ensures that for all his wondrous feats, Dev’s best skill is improvisation, rather than intelligence. The actor doesn’t overdo Dev’s transformation from the worm into the predator, but Dev’s despicable side remains out of reach (his transactional relationships, his poor regard for women). Despite the efforts taken to ensure that the labyrinthine turns through the 139-minute movie are never confusing, the filmmakers are unable to avoid the twin curse of repetition and redundancy. Deo aims for conversational humour that evolves organically from the moment, but the running length could have been cut significantly limiting its impact. Blackmail has a satisfying neatness and roundedness that are usually missing from such films, but some of the manufactured clutter could have easily been avoided."
"Irrfan Khan as the vulnerable, vengeance-seeking, blackmailing husband plays his part with easy flourish, wit, and wicked mirth. Blackmail's settings are grim, dark, comic and capricious, but one misses the directorial chutzpah that Deo showcased in his 2011 film Delhi Belly. But these are just silly pinpricks one must find out in a film that never runs short of bite and sting.
Irrfan seems to be enjoying himself here playing a husband and corporate slave who lacks the energy to lift himself out of his boredom. He falters in a scene in which he confides in his friend Anand (Pradhuman Singh Mall), although the motivation for that decision is in itself so unconvincing that Shaikh should be faulted just as well here. Besides, Dev is the only one in the story prone to underplaying his emotions, yet with barely discernable touches, the actor conveys the hope with which he had entered into the relationship with Reena and the lethargy that frittered everything away. Blackmail then is an engaging but flawed tragi-comedy of errors.
Blackmail is a thoroughly enjoyable 'black' comedy that will have you laughing aloud on a lot of occasions. What goes against the film is the pace. For a thriller, it definitely needed sharper scissors – 139 minutes, really. Just go for it. You will be grinning for the most part.
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