Special 26 (2013) – Movie Review, Details

By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites

special 26 still-showbizbites-01Producer: Shital Bhatia and Kumar Mangat Pathak

Director: Neeraj Pandey

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Kajal Aggarwal and Aumpam Kher

Music: Himesh Reshammiya and M.M. Kareem

Rating: 4/5

Special 26 review is out now as it was being awaited by the enthusiastic moviegoers. Neeraj Pandey’s directed venture is a well-executed and brilliantly made with gripping script movie that should be applauded a lot. A heist thriller that has been in talk stars Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher in main leads. Neeraj, the creative man, who made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed and award-winning movie ‘A Wednesday’, returns this time with another movie on real life incident.

Akshay Kumar’s movies are considered to be masala entertainer but if you are coming to watch the film keeping this in mind, then remember first Special 26 is not a masala entertainer. There is no crazy humor injected in the film rather it is on a serious robbery issue taken place way back in 1987 when 26 men enacting as investigation officers came to a jewelry showroom in Mumbai and walked away with millions rupees jewelry along.

special 26 still-showbizbites-02Special 26 is not a lush and lavish product where you can find the luxurious things, eye-candy locales, dances and international style action instead it portrays the real life robbery incident on screen. Neeraj is quite an intelligent filmmaker – he knows it is 2013 and his story is about 1987. Thus he executed the film in a manner where today’s viewer can enjoy it on screen.

The scripting of the movie is attention-grabbing and mind blowing, it grips the viewer from the outset till the end. Above all, the execution of the movie, actors’ performances and the thrilling moments allure the souls further. The movie is an apt attention-arrester and the viewer does not blink the eye even for a moment.

Special 26 tells the story of a group of con men who pretend them as IT or CBI officers and do a number of robberies in the city. They target the rich-famous people, politicians and business tycoons. Special 26 is a complete enjoyable voyage executed by the intelligent and brilliant filmmaker Neeraj Pandey.

Since the flick is about the crimes and the criminals but the luminous filmmaker does not let the viewers see any forcible bloodshed or violence in the film. Pandey makes the film a through entertainer and engaging for the audiences. This is what he wanted to make and this is what he succeeded in making it for the Hindi audiences.

There are hardly any flaws in the script. There are few ones but they are not as important to point them out. Thus let them be behind the curtain. The fact of the matter is the film is an intelligently made venture that must be praised and applauded. Special 26 has potential to fetch in the awards in the upcoming awards’ function. The film’s many departments are sure to win the awards like direction, script and performances in particular.

special 26 still-showbizbites-03Music by Himesh Reshammiya and M. M Kareem is just about okay. There was no need to inject the music in this kind of subject. Cinematography by Bobby Singh is first rate. Neeraj Pandey deserves applauds for writing brilliant script and doing eye-catchy worthwhile direction. Abbas Ali Mogul’s action is a treat to watch.

Akshay Kumar has done a fantastic job. His get up and his acting skills show the actor is a class and still has a long way to go in Bollywood even he has spent years in movie world. Manoj Bajpayee is a classy performer and she shows in this film. Anupam Kher does fine. Kajal Aggarwal looks stunning and enacts well. Divya Dutta in a brief role does great job. Rest of the cast is nice as well.

Final Verdict:

Special 26 is a brilliantly made period thriller by the intelligent filmmaker Neeraj Pandey. With the powerful performer like Akshay Kumar, the film is bound to raise business at box office.

Read the freshly updated Special 26 Box Office Collection report also.

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Prior to Release Movie Details:

Akshay Kumar’s much-in-talk film Special 26’s review will be out upon the release of the film i.e. on 8th February but before the release all eyes are getting focused on the upcoming review. This is because Akshay is in demand these days and he has delivered few hits in recent past apart from the mundane projects he did as well. Produced by Shital Bhatia and Kumar Mangat Pathak, the film is the direction of Neeraj Pandey.

Special 26 stars Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Kajal Aggarwal, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and others in main leads. Neeraj Pandey has written the flick, which music has been scored by M.M. Kareem and Himesh Reshammiya. The film’s genre is action and it is based on a real life incident of a big crime.

Special-26-still-showbizbites-01Special 26 movie release date has been set as February 8th, 2013. Akshay Kumar with big success of last year Rowdy Rathore has been in news and well in demand and this film, if runs well at the box office, will add further sparkles to his career.


The movie is about a real life robbery incident taken place at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai in 1987. A two-hour saga, the film is potentially a great content to watch on screen. It is based on the 1987 heist on the Opera House when 26 men posing as the investigation officers of Central Bureau came and raided a jewelry showroom. They grabbed the jewelry worth millions of rupees and walked away.

special 26-showbizbites-01Tidbits:

Neeraj Pandey says that the movie is an inspiration from the 1987 jewelry heist and some parts of other stories have also been added into the plot. He further adds that the flick is a fiction since there was no research available at all.

The men posing as investigation officers from income tax still have not been arrested. Akshay Kumar enacts the leader of the 26-member gang.

Let’s fasten the belts to read the Special 26 movie review once it is out. Special 26 songs could make mark as well as Himesh recently has compiled some good tunes.

Come to read the critic’s Special 26 review on 8th February.

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