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Special 26  (2013 - Hindi)

Special 26 cumulative rating: 3.4 out of 53.4/5 (216 users)

Special 26 critics rating: 3.45 out of 5 3.45/5 (10 critics)

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A delicious thriller you don't want to miss

Special Chabbis' works on account of its meaty, realistic plot and nicely fleshed out characters. This is solid, assured filmmaking, evident in the meticulous detailing of its 80s production design.more

A slick and smart thriller

On the whole, SPECIAL 26 is an intelligently woven, slick and smart period thriller with its subject matter as its USP. It's sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real life occurrences. A film that's sure to win accolades, acclaim and awards. Also, box-office rewards!more

A fake 'Foursome', with some 'real' stuff

Inspired by a real incident, Neeraj Pandey cuts to the chor-police chase and weaves an intelligent, mind-racing thriller, keeping you tightly strapped to your seats. It captures the 80's era beautifully; and the cinematography ( Bobby Singh) is a cut above...more

Special Chabbis is an exciting con caper

what’s truly Special about this Chabbis is to see two such different actors, one reliably awesome and the other getting out of his comfort zone of mindless money-spinners to collaborate and credit a script that gives them something concrete and equivalent to work on.more

Get set for a delightful ride in Special 26

what pulls SPECIAL 26 back a little is the plot between Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal. It's an annoying interference. For one, minus this, the film would have been tauter and pacier.more

Say you are one of the ungodly, who steals and pilfers, and believes that ceilings are not meant only for fans, but for a false layer to hide the loot in. Say one fine morning a posse of search warrant-bearing plainclothes cops stride in, refusing to get intimidated by your powerful 'connections', and expertly unearth said loot. What would you do? Nothing, except curse roundly, and refuse to file a complaint. This is exactly what Neeraj Pandey's extremely official-looking gang doesmore

enthralling and believable heist film

Special 26 is an intelligently scripted, superbly acted, enthralling and believable heist film that is more than just that. Special 26 hinges on four pivotal performances, with Manoj Bajpayee’s star turn being the standout one. It is a classic demonstration of what a consummate actor can achieve when he is at complete ease with the material at his disposal.more

The special conmen of the ’80s

Special Chabbis is writer-director Neeraj Pandey’s second film. It’s not as stunning as his debut, A Wednesday (2008), but it is impressive. A Wednesday had moral pizzazz, delicious urgency in its unraveling and a taut narrative. Special Chabbis has a star at the helm of its affairs, so it makes some grating compromises. But, thankfully, the main story is charming enough to ignore the starry inanities. more

Delectably dangerous, unethical yet urgent

Special 26 is a thriller that reveals a young filmmaking brain at his creative best. However, Pandey could have avoided the overt focus on giving his hero a love life (Kajal Aggarwal). The standard bhangra naach trip was not needed, too. The film would be crisper by a good half hour if these frills were cut.more

The heist that almost worked

The highly dispensable romance between Kumar’s character and Priya (Kajal Aggarwal in an ornamental role) defuses the tension and slows the film to an unforgivable pace — a cardinal sin in any heist drama.more