Special 26

Direction & Story : Neeraj Pandey  

Star cast : Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill, Kajal agarwal, Divya Dutta

Ratings :  ****

Special Chabbis is a Bollywood heist drama film directed by Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday fame. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles with Jimmy ShergillManoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. The film is inspired in a real-life heist on March 19, 1987 where a group posing as CBI officers executed an income tax raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai. The movie is set in the 1980s.

It is bit difficult to digest that this is Neeraj Pandey’s second film in bollywood as director. This is a perfect paradigm to the fact that back to back superb scripts have branded Neeraj pandey’s image as a superb writer and director.When the concept of quality film is a rare criteria considered these days, Neeraj brings to audience that 100 crore club is not the only milestone to blockbuster success. The conventional idea of remaking a south hit action movie, attracting audiences using superstar and fetching 100 crore revenue at the end of a week earns little praise when it comes to story-line. But Neeraj Pandey proves yet again that Originality is not lost from bollywood.

There was a time when Akshay kumar used to pick scripts that finally led to his fall from one time super successful star of ‘Namaste london’ , ‘Welcome’ , ‘ Singh is King’ to starring in super flops ‘action replay’ .he learnt his lessons and nowhe is back with superhits like ‘Housefull-2’ , ‘Rowdy rathore’, ‘OMG’ , ‘khiladi-786′ and the recent one soon to be added in the list,’Special 26’.It is equally difficult to judge whether his role is smart or he has played it really smarter.

Hats-off to Anupam kher for his acting from a hardcore CBI official(fake) to vulnerable, fearing family man.He simply conned the audience with his acting. No doubt why his acting school is considered best in b-town. He will remain in your brain even after you leave the theatre.

Jimmy shergill is class apart casting as a cop and a victim of the fake imposters posing as ‘CBI’.With the entry of Manoj Bajpayee, it seems the show is all his.His acting as the unconquered cop is no doubt irreplaceable.

There are a couple of dialogues that will entertain you and will come to meaning when the movie moves toward its end.Anupam kher with his dialogue “asli power to dil mein hoti hai” and manoj bajpayee with his satiric tone, “ranvir saab, vo log apko budhoo banakar chale gaye..”.

Neeraj Pandey has failed to use kajal agarwal wisely.Her role as a lover of Akshay kumar was useless throughout the movie.It seems as if her role is used only to stretch the movie.

Divya dutta, casting as female cop, has apparently no role other than uttering the same dialogue throughout the movie “saabji, asli kaam to yeh log kar rahe hai, hum to sirf…”

Neeraj pandey should have added up content to better utilize the female leads.

Overall, a rare movie.


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