Movie Review: Special 26 (2013)
Neeraj Pandey’s directorial debut A WEDNESDAY, which made a strong social statement, remains fresh to this date. It’s one of those rare movies that won critical acclaim, swept major awards and reaped box-office rewards as well. The supremely talented storyteller now carries a major responsibility on his shoulders: SPECIAL 26 has to be a worthy follow up to A WEDNESDAY. While A WEDNESDAY was about the common man, his second attempt, SPECIAL 26 is about a con man. Sorry, con men. The core issue remains the same: Law breakers and law enforcers. SPECIAL 26, however, is more of a caper, inspired by true incidents.
Get Ready for a fake ‘Foursome’, with some ‘real’ stuff. Here it goes. With cool conmen, cops, chases, mind, matter and maal. But first, meet the members of the con-club. The asli khiladi Ajay (Akshay), quick-witted, daring and strong-willed – he’s the master-planner. Sharmaji (Kher), a wee-bit weak-hearted, but the real ‘loin of Punjab’ (with 8 bachchas and going strong). Add in, Iqbal (Kishore Kadam) and Joginder (Rajesh Sharma) – who add muscle to the master-mind. In the late 1980’s these conmen pose as CBI officers and raid malaamal matris, business magnates and jewellers.
With no records or FIRs – they escape after every heist with a clean (white) conscience and loads of black money. A (real) CBI inspector, Waseem (Manoj) along with sub-inspector Ranveer (Jimmy) get on a deadly chase to nab them while they’re faking it. Well, if you want to figure out con-asli, con-nakli, go ahead, wear Sherlock’s (Holmes) suit and crack this one.
SPECIAL 26 is based on the real-life daring heist dated 19-Mar-1987 where an unknown man posing as CBI officer Mon Singh recruited 26 men and executed a daylight raid on the Opera House branch of popular jewelry in Mumbai, and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. SPECIAL 26 is an intelligent con film which will require similar communication. The film is set in 1987 and has a very interesting plot.