The present work demonstrates a detailed characterization of the interaction of a potential chloride channel blocker, 9-methyl anthroate (9-MA), with a model transport protein, Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA). The modulated photophysical properties of the emissive drug molecule within the microheterogeneous bio-environment of the protein have been exploited spectroscopically to monitor the probe-protein binding interaction. Apart from evaluating the binding constant, the probable location of the neutral molecule within the protein cavity (subdomain IB) is explored by an AutoDock-based blind docking simulation. The absence of the Red-Edge Effect has been corroborated by the enhanced lifetime of the probe, being substantially greater than the solvent reorientation time. A dip-And-rise characteristic of the rotational relaxation profile of the drug within the protein has been argued to originate from a significant difference in the lifetime as well as amplitude of the free and protein-bound drug molecule. Unfolding of the protein in the presence of the drug molecule has been probed by the decrease of the α-helical content, obtained via circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, which is also supported by the gradual loss of the esterase activity of the protein in the presence of the drug molecule. © 2014 the Owner Societies.