Special 26 – good plot, good acting, good watch 3.5 out of 5


Special Chabbis is a Bollywood heist drama film directed by Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday fame. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher and Kajal Aggarwal.

The film is based on a real life group of con artists who pulled off many clever robberies during 1980’s, and robbed famous businessmen and politicians by pretending to be the CBI or Income tax officers, on the pretext of conducting raids they would take away all the black money hoarded by them, the film also takes its concept from the real-life daring heist dated 19-March-1987 where the same group posing as CBI officers executed a daylight income tax raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai, and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. The movie is set in the early 1980’s.

The movie is not as taut as Wednesday but has its fair moments of drama and action. Anupam Kher steals the show with a few scenes where he emotes passionately. Manoj Bajpai as the real CBI officer could have done better while Jimmy Shergill choses to play a milder but important role. The female lead in the movie was not required and predictably does nothing much except a song and some romantic relief. Some scenese could have been shortened to make it a shorter and more racey.

Special 26 is a story worth watching.

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