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Special 26 (2013)

Special Chabbis (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 February 2013 (India)
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A gang of con-men rob prominent rich businessmen and politicians by posing as C.B.I and income tax officers.

Director:

Neeraj Pandey

Writer:

Neeraj Pandey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshay Kumar ... Ajay
Anupam Kher ... Sharma Ji
Manoj Bajpayee ... Waseem
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Ranveer Singh
Kajal Aggarwal ... Priya
Divya Dutta ... Shanti Ji
Kishore Kadam ... Iqbal
Rajesh Sharma ... Joginder
Deep Raj Rana ... Rahul (as Deepraj Rana)
Vipin Sharma ... ACP (Fake)
Sukhwinder Chahal Sukhwinder Chahal ... Minister Gupta (as Sukhvinder Chahal)
Abha Parmar Abha Parmar ... Minister's Wife
Mukesh Bhatt ... Minister's PA
Ujjwal Chopra Ujjwal Chopra ... Solanki
Tiku Talsania ... Magandas (as Tiku C. Talsania)
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Storyline

Based on real life incidents that occurred in India in 1987-88, the storyline revolves around a group of con artists who pulled off many clever robberies during 1980s, and robbed famous businessmen and politicians by pretending to be the CBI or Income tax officers and conducting raids. On the pretext of conducting raids they would take away all the black money hoarded by them. Written by Sufiyan Khan and London Mapper

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Asli power dil mein hoti hai (Real power resides within the heart)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Special 26 See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$469,793, 10 February 2013

Gross USA:

$1,079,369, 22 March 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 810,000,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of film's buzz before release, CBI officially requested the producers to carry the message 'Beware of Fake CBI' in all the film's promotional material. See more »

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Name of Chandigarh Airport in Punjabi on the sign board is spelt wrong. See more »

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Remade as Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (2018) See more »

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Special 26 Is A Super-Over-Smart Movie With Traces Of Buffoonery!
8 February 2013 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

"A Wednesday" made me watch this and boy, was I surprised? Was I entertained? Hell yes, Special 26 is 2013's first serious cinema with no cheap humor, ridiculous stunt sequences or the typical B'wood masala. While Akshay Kumar is known for Housefull & Rowdy Rathore, this one plays different with a sharp plot-driven story and an even amazing execution on a real-life incident!

Cut out the romance, and this is one gripping, fabulously woven heist drama parallel to what we see in Hollywood flicks. Anupam Kher couldn't get more thespian while Jimmy Shergill & Manoj Bajpayee complement the cast. Direction, screenplay (so that you don't get bored through 2.5 hours), score, acting and every other film factor is thoroughly scrutinized in this. Now, what's even more Special about this movie is that - since the time gap between decent, "movie-wala" movies is so vast, that you just can't get enough of it. Paisa Vasool!

Originality in the thefts, corruption, authentic depiction of Indian locations and what-not, I could praise this movie and write a book moreover because it is 2013's one decent try.

BOTTOM LINE: I should not reveal much and spoil the broth. Because Special 26 cannot be missed. 100% Recommended but if you are a logic- ridden cinema-goer, you may despise it! Except some dumb plot holes and serious anachronisms, it is a good thriller. But don't expect it anywhere near to what "A Wednesday" was. 10/10

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Language: Mediocre | Sex & Nudity: No | Violence: No | Smoking, Alcohol & Drugs: No


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