Irrfan Khan starrer ‘Blackmail’ was released on April 6, 2018, and the opening of the film was not that good. It had an opening of Rs 2.50 crores on day one with a quiet wide release.
#Blackमेल had a slow start in morning shows, but gathered momentum post evening at plexes [like most metro-centric movies]… Sat and Sun biz is crucial… Will give an idea of how strong it will sustain on weekdays… Fri ₹ 2.81 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 7, 2018
Rani Mukerji’s ‘Hichki’ had grossed Rs 3.25 crore nett. We do expect growth over the weekend and it could be good growth on Saturday but the film has a long way to go and will need a very strong Monday.
Trade analyst Girish Johar had talked about Irrfan’s value and the much-talked-about the trailer of the film. He also said, “There is also a sympathy factor working. Over the years, Irrfan has been able to win quite a few loyal fans with his consistent performances. With the news of his ill health, these fans will definitely not want to miss his latest offering.”
Girish added, “Irrfan is a fabulous actor. His illness comes at an unfortunate time since he was at the peak of his career and was finally getting his fair share of recognition in the minds of audiences. But then if the Blackmail makers bring good content to the table, there will be no stopping its success,”
This film also stars Kirti Kulhari. Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh, and Omi Vaidya. It is released on 1861 screens around the world, with 1550 screens in India. In her review of the film, Shubhra Gupta had given an average review of the film but had said that Irrfan Khan is, like always, the highlight of this film. “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,” she wrote.