Login to TheReviewMonk

Special 26

Special 26 Poster

Critic Rating

6.9

22 Reviews
18 Ratings
89%
in favor

Audience Rating

6.9
2 Reviews
26 Ratings

Movie Info

Director

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

Special 26, also known as Special Chabbis, is a 2013 Indian heist film directed by Neeraj Pandey. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. The film is inspired by 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.Wikipedia

Special 26 Reviews

7

Infusing humor into tense scenes, he gives us a delicious thriller that you don't want to miss.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

7

Because Hindi cinema doesn't usually do well with intelligent hide-and-seek games, I didn't have too much hopes from 'Special 26', but the film surprised me. Its flaws are minor; on the "whole, 'Special 26' is a gripping, well-made heist film.

Khalid Mohamed
Deccan Chronicle

5

Whatever the entertainment value of writer-director Neeraj Pandey’s 'Special 26' may be, it glorifies crime to an intolerable extent. Although based loosely on the daring, unsolved heist at Mumbai’s Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri jewellery shop in 1987, the screenplay has far too many loose ends, besides encouraging the thought that crime pays.

Aniruddha Guha
Timeout Mumbai

7

Special 26 demands the viewer to suspend disbelief greatly, especially towards the end, but it does so without ever taking him for granted. Pandey ensures the expectation we pinned on him after A Wednesday isn’t misplaced with a simple mantra: Asli power script main hoti hai.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

7

SPECIAL 26 is an intelligently woven, slick and smart period thriller with its subject matter as its USP. It's sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real life occurrences. A film that's sure to win accolades, acclaim and awards. Also, box-office rewards!

Oh yes, Special Chabbis is my second favourite film of 2013 so far.

Special 26 truly special. Not be missed.

Madhureeta Mukherjee
Times Of India

7

Interestingly, this con-job story is not superbly-stylish or stealthily serious. It doesn't stun you with a social message like Pandey's 'A Wednesday', but it grips, excites and ahh...climaxes too! And no ... you can't fake this one! Catch it for pure cinematic orgasm.

The director has got most of the details right and therefore, despite the incredulous way the gang gets away with their 49 raids, the movie wears a realistic air. It is quite impressive that all the lead actors got their body language right at all times. The cockiness of Wasim Khan contrasts perfectly with the wobbliness of Sharmaji. In that, we must say Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Sheirgill score above Akshay Kumar.

5

Though he makes a good thriller, Neeraj Pandey’s direction leaves a few gaps to be filled. He does well with the chor-police story, managing to keep it away from the Hollywood style sleek ones and keeping this much more grounded. But the first half is a long wait and much of the action and chasing happens after the interval. The badly handled and interjected romance and songs are another stain.

7

In his new film, Pandey is out tormenting the high and mighty who thrive on black money. A nation with growing doubts over its judicial system would lap this up, and Pandey's Special 26 plays to the galleries while forwarding what he feels should be the right treatment for such enemies of the state.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama

8

On the whole, SPECIAL 26 is an intelligently woven, slick and smart period thriller with its subject matter as its USP. It's sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real life occurrences. A film that's sure to win accolades, acclaim and awards. Also, box-office rewards!

-

Inspired by real-life events. That statement creates a certain blanket effect for a film. Saving it from its own loop holes, because the viewers’ mind keeps harking back to the thought that ‘this really happened’. Special 26 benefits from that statement immensely. On the strength of its actors’ performances and filmmaking technique this film rises above its many narrative loop holes to give you a fairly entertaining experience.

6

Nevertheless, get set for a delightful ride in SPECIAL 26. The music pounding in the background transcends you to the 80s.

Another share of the film’s success goes to its fabulous performances. Anupam Kher is such a delight to watch when he is not playing ‘daddy’ roles. Jimmy Sheirgill is always in control. Akshay Kumar surprises with his restraint; his mellow over-confidence is the perfect foil to Manoj Bajpai’s mocking belligerence.

6

With Special 26, Neeraj Pandey has proved his potential to emerge as the voice of the common man. The main highlight of the movie is the common man's frustration with those who have bent the system to accumulate wealth for themselves, and hence they try to settle the score with them by becoming con men representing authority.

Audience Reviews for Special 26

  • Saheb Abdullah
    Saheb Abdullah
    82 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    Neeraj Impressses Again..And Akshay Anupam Are Best.A Great Ensemble Cast Gives Memorable Performance.The Film Keeps You Hooked From Start To End, That's Beauty Of The Thriller.It Is Fast Paced,Energetic & Wise.

    May 10, 16
  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    Yes it is special!!

    Hollywood specializes in heist drama. Now bollywood explores this genre and does very well. Convincing screen-play, top notch performances, detailed production design, delicious dialogues and most importantly not overdoing anything. Anupam Kher plays a middle class man making money as fake CBI officer and does not stop surprising you with his verstality as an actor. Manoj Bajpayee gets another mem...orable role. Akshay Kumar restrains himself to the core. Kajal Aggarwal as his love interest is a not required addition to the movie. Divya Dutta gets few lines but all worth clapping. Movie did not require those songs either. But nevertheless A Wednesday fame director Neeraj Pandey entertains you in full in his second outing. He is one of the director to watch-out for in future. Special 26 is special in every positive sense.

    May 24, 13