Special 26 stars Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. Special 26 is a film wherein the plot thickens and turns, at its own pace of course. Neeraj Pandey back with a bang with another awe inspiring film ‘Special 26’.
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.
Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) and his gang comprising PK Sharma (Anupam Kher) et al, who make easy money by conning those who are neck deep in all the black in money in the world. After committing at least 50 robberies across the country, they plan to loot a high-profile jewelry brand (Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri) at its opera house branch in Mumbai.
There’s a two-song romance, with some dialogue thrown in, between neighbours AK and Priya (Kajal Agarwal) who is all set to marry some Tukaram, never mind her “loving the neighbour” bit. The song Akshay sings in the film, Mujh Main Tu is well picturised against the Bombay skyline.
The weakest part of the story is the romantic angle: its forced inclusion is badly written and just as badly enacted. Just like the songs. The dialogues are fun. You can take a few tips from Wasim Khan on asking your boss for a raise! The interview of the candidates is another hilarious part. The characters are not really well developed but are very entertaining.
On the whole, Special 26’s second half is a good watch, but that’s if you can sit through the languorous first part!