"Special 26" Film Review: A very Special film by Neeraj Pandey!


Kolkata, Feb 8, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): A  couple of years ago a movie released with an interesting name - "A Wednesday" only to be lapped up by critics and movie-goers alike for it's perfect timing, sleek editing, a punchy-story line and dynamite performances by Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah! The film was directed by Neeraj Pandey who at once appeared on my best-new directors list along with three other dynamic directors - namely, Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya), Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday) and Sreeram Raghavan (Ek Hasina Thi & Johnny Gaddar fame)! I was waiting for "Special Chhabbis" to release and quite surprisingly I made it to the theaters on the very first day, that is today, the 08th of February, 2013. Hands down,I can say that "Special Chhabbis" is a wonderful movie with a wonderful ending, and what with the 'twists' and 'blind alleys' in the script...that adds to a lot of fun once you watch this flick...you'll understand! A movie that's packed with witty yet meaningful dialogues, superb performances by Akhsay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Rajesh Sharma, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutt, Vipin Sharma,Kishore Kadam, Kajal Aggarwal and above all Manoj Bajpayee as Waseem Khan, CBI Inspector.

This movie tells us the story of  a group of four con-men based on true incidents...

Akhsay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Kishore Kadam and our very own (among Kolkata's best bunch!) Rajesh Sharma are four deadly con-artistes who simply cheats Businessmen, Politicians and other big-shots posing as CBI officials, with identity cards, raid orders and other papers which looks even more valid than the original ones. One after another this particular gang of four loots half of this country's black money, illicit jewellery from even more corrupt so-called society big-shots! The victims generally do not report loss of this money or cash as it was un- accounted for. 


However, now comes Manoj Bajpayee as the honest CBI Inspector, Waseem Khan, who has this nasty habit of looking down his wife's cleavage each morning...and also a wonderful track record of catching the guy he pursues... also following him are Delhi Police members Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutt, both of them simply mesmerizes...

The NET is then set... and the story of cat and mouse begins... I would hate to tell you much more about the story line and twists ...I would request you to watch this flick within a couple of days and probably salute

Neeraj-ji for giving us a "sleek as a leopard's back" -  movie which is going to be one of the most intelligent films  of 2013...

"Special 26" is packed with  power-house performances by Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kajal Aggarwal and Manoj Bajpayee,with humm-able melodies by "Tu miley dil khiley..." fame - M. M. Kreem!

All in all, a very enjoyable movie with minor slips in the plot.

Though the romantic angle of Akshay and Kajal certainly looks 'imposed' !!!

Review by nilanjan.nandy@gmail.com