Director: Neeraj Pandey
Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Friday Filmworks, Kumar Mangat
Writer: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta
Music: M. M. Keeravani, Himesh Reshammiya, Chandan Sharma
Cinematography: Bobby Singh
Reviewed by Nandan Mangaonkar on
Special 26 is a very stylishly made heist drama set in the late 80s.
The story is simple and is based on some real life incidents but what sets it apart is the way director Neeraj Pandey has executed his job.
Special 26 is a very stylishly made heist drama set in the late 80s. Great care is taken to recreate the 80s with a sepia tone throughout the film and lots of Maruti 800s on the road, old styled telephone instruments along with good detailing of the fashion trends of that era.
The story is simple and is based on some real life incidents but what sets it apart is the way director Neeraj Pandey has executed his job. This is one director who knows his job well and has also extracted great performances from his entire cast notably Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpai. Manoj Bajpai is a fine actor and I am glad we are seeing more of him on screen these days.
It was a pleasure to see Akshay Kumar performing a character rather than being his usual self. I think the last time we saw him in a not an over the top role was perhaps Patiala House and in a smaller role in OMG. I only wished Akshay had avoided his trademark kurtas and stuck to something less flashy in the songs to go with his overall image in this film.
I have a complaint though with the director. Why must he like others of his generation bow down to the pressures of Production houses and include a so not required love story in this film. The love story between Akshay & Kajaal Agarwal was absolutely unwanted and often distracted me from the main story. Special 26 belongs to a rare group of films where the second half is more entertaining and keeps you totally engrossed right till the end. By avoiding the love story this would have been a film that’s shorter by at least 20 minutes which would have been awesome as it did drag a little bit.
But all’s well that ends well and Special 26 does have a good climax that was not so predictable. My final verdict – This may not be in the same league as A Wednesday but it’s much better than the usual Bollywood fare. Don’t miss it.
More Reviews by Nandan at: http://gaurinandan.blogspot.in/2013/02/special-26.html