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SPECIAL 26 (PG) Director: Neeraj Pandey. Starring: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpai. VERDICT| The plot: Ajay Singh, Sharma and his gang con politicians and wealthy businessmen by pretending to be CBI/Tax Officers. They steal their victims' money which has been earned through corruption and greed.

None of the thefts get reported to the police because that would tarnish the reputation of the politicians and businessmen. After committing around 50 'so called' raids, they plan to rob a high profile Mumbai-based jewellery store.

Ajay recruits 26 people to disguise as CBI officers creating his 'Special 26'.

But to foil their plan is real CBI officer Wasim Khan (Manoj).

Determined to catch the slippery thieves, Wasim conceives a fool-proof trap, launching a game of cat-and-mouse between Ajay and Wasim.

Akshay Kumar ||The verdict: Director Pandey's engaging thriller will keep you engrossed until the surprising climax catches you unawares.

Pandey superbly captures 1980s Bombay - paying attention to detail whether its the streets, cars, buildings or people's dress senses.

High voltage scenes of Delhi's Connaught Place chase and preclimatic sequence keeps you on the edge.

But a rather forced love angle in the story dampens the tense narrative. This could have been avoided thus intensifying the impact of the overall film.

Action hero Akshay Kumar fi-nally gets a makeover from comic roles playing a sombre intellectual character masterminding his biggest heist.

Manoj Bajpayee is typically flawless as the unrelenting intelligence officer Wasim. But Anupam Kher proves his versatility as an actor. He effectively steals the show.

Special 26 is intelligent cinema coming from Bollywood after a long time. Go see it!

Manish Gajjar is the Bollywood consultant for VUE Cinemas based at Vue Birmingham - the No.1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For more information on film times and to purchase tickets in advance visit or call 08712 240 240 (calls cost 10p per minute from BT, other network may cost more).


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 15, 2013
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