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Writer/Director: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai, Jimmy Shergill, Akshay Kumar
So, there was only the trailer of one forthcoming film attached to this movie because very few thought people would get out of their homes to watch Special 26, and by some great stroke of luck we weren’t even subjected to the National Anthem. Even though it was on Republic Day in 1987 when a four-man team posing as CBI officers raided a politician’s house and took all his possessions and hoodwinked a few policemen. The politico couldn’t file an FIR as his wealth had been accumulated in ways he wouldn’t have liked to become public knowledge, and corrupt government servants like that one and businessmen with black money were easy prey for the quartet. They conned the hell out of several rich people across the nation and for their 50th and final job decided to ‘raid’ Tiku Talsania’s jewellery store, unaware that real CBI officers were hot on their trail.
Akshay Kumar must have felt out of place amidst actors like Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Shergill, and he most certainly must have felt giddy upon realizing that he wouldn’t get away without ‘acting’ in Special 26 – one of the five or six sensible movies he has somehow been a part of in his long, successful, rewarding career.
To steady him, writer-director Neeraj Pandey inserted a love angle and songs to go with it – a move that will gladden the superstar’s fanbase but for us make Special 26 a film not worth watching more than twice in a lifetime. Pandey is meticulous about the plot and the story’s brisk pace makes the movie a light watch. At some point the twist aches to give itself away but it’s a fun watch all the way to the end, with the movie being cleverly humorous throughout, and I’m only too happy to find a little bit of Bhiku Mhatre in everything Manoj Bajpayee does.