Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Wide Frame Pictures
Director: Neeraj Paandey
Music: M.M.Kareem and Himesh Reshammiya
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Agarwal, Manoj Baapaayi, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta and Neeru Bajwa (Special Appearance)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Whats good: The dialogues, the climax and some performances
Whats bad: The music, Romantic plot and undeveloped characters
Neeraj Paandey has penned the script for the film.He has written a very interesting plot of cat and mouse game.It is a battle of an intelligent cop and super smart thief.The entire story turns around Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar),P.K. Sharma aka Sharma ji (Anupam Kher) and their two con friends.They raid the house of politicians and businessmen with the help of local police.But not even a single politician or businessmen reported to media about these raids,because black money is involved in every case.But one cop Ranveer Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill),has taken this insult to heart.After getting fired from the job,he takes the help of real CBI officer (Wasim Khan)now,begins the game of cat and mouse between fake and real CBI.Neeraj Paandey`s story is quite interesting,but there are some weak-points in the screenplay.The weakest part of the story is the romantic plot between Ajay (Akshay Kumar) and Priya (Kajal).The romantic angle of the film is written very badly.The characters are not well developed,but are very entertaining.Dialogues are very funny and suits to every scene.You can take some tips from Wasim Khan,how to get promotion.
Special 26 is Akshay Kumar`s best film and Ajay Singh is his best character till date.He played the head of a con team,with great efforts.His dialogue delivery is outstanding in few scenes,especially when he says,'Life mein na kabhi kisi se darna mat'.Anupam Kher is brilliant as P.K. Sharma.He delievered some four letter words in very humourous way.Manoj Baapayi is outstanding as Wasim Khan.His performance is top on the chart.Jimmy Sheirgill is good as an innocent Ranveer Singh.His dashing personality and brilliant dialogue delivery gives an extra power to his character.Divya Dutta is completely wasted in the role of Lady Constable 'Shantiji'.She hardly get three or four lines.Kajal Agarwal didn`t get much space in this multi starrer.But she looks cute as an emotional Priya.Neeru Bajwa`s dance number has given a little bit masala feel to the film and she danced well in Punjabi number.
Music Composers M.M.Kareem and Himesh Reshammiya made no efforts with the songs. Their tunes didn`t work in film. Sudhir Chaudhry`s background score Is up to the mark.
DIRECTION AND OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Neeraj Paandey does well with the chor and police story. But he failed to handle romantic plot of the film,which could be better.Late.Bobby Singh`s cinematography is good.Narayan Singh`s editing is very sharp.The art direction work is outstanding.Art Director has given his 100% to give feel of 80`s Mumbai,Kolkata and Chandigarh.
If you wants to watch a con-movie with a new concept,then go and enjoy your weekend with Special 26.
BOX OFFICE PREDICTION
Viacom 18 and Wide Screen has spent more than 40 crores on the production and publicity of the film.Film has less mass appeal and tough competition with india`s first 3d dance film,ABCD. So,opening weekend of the film will not be huge.It can earn just 20-25 crore rupees over the weekend and life time business of the film will be 70-80 crore.
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