Irrfan Khan’s latest film Blackmail has maintained its grip at the box office. The film, which started slow with its performance at the box office, has managed to earn a total collection of Rs 14.42 crore in matter of five days. On Tuesday, the Abhinay Deo directorial collected Rs 1.52 crore. While the film didn’t really impress the critics, it seems Blackmail has managed to entertain the audience. Like many other small budgeted films in the past, Blackmail too seems to be benefitting from good word of mouth promotion.
Despite having a poor opening of Rs 2.81 crore, the thriller has forced everyone to sit up and take notice of the movie.
#Blackमेल Fri 2.81 cr, Sat 3.85 cr, Sun 4.56 cr, Mon 1.68 cr, Tue 1.52 cr. Total: ₹ 14.42 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 11, 2018
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta was taken in by Irrfan’s performance and wrote the same in her review. However, the movie itself received an average review.
“Blackmail begins promisingly but descends pretty quickly into flatness and sluggishness, a classic problem of not knowing quite how to play out a perky idea: a cuckold’s plan to extract revenge gets taken over by the old saying about mice and men, and, in this instance, women,” Shubhra wrote in her review of Blackmail.
The plot of Blackmail revolves around Irrfan’s character, who after realising that his wife has been unfaithful to him, decides to blackmail her lover to teach her a lesson. But things take an interesting turn when he starts receiving threats from an unknown person.
Blackmail is directed by Abhinay Deo and stars Irrfan Khan, Kriti Kulhari, Divya Dutta and Arunoday Singh in significant roles. Abhinay Deo has previously helmed Delhi Belly, which had earned rave reviews for its unique script and great performances. Delhi Belly featured Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala in pivotal roles, and had a special appearance by Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan.