Special 26 (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 23 Critic Reviews | Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher


Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta, Kharaj Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Kishor Kadam, Deepraj Rana

Special 26 Posterdirection:

Neeraj Pandey


Neeraj Pandey


Neeraj Pandey



Bobby Singh


M. M. Kreem, Himesh Reshammiya, Surender Sodhi

produced by:

Shital Bhatia, Kumar Mangat



weird aggregate rating 7.1/10genre:


release date:

Top Rated Bollywood Moviesrun time:
145 minutes
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41 Crores*
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Overall Worldwide - 90 Crores*

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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-8
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
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-7
That director Neeraj Pandey knows a thing or two about tension is evident from his previous film, 'A Wednesday', that cracker of a thriller from 2008. This time, he builds drama and a sense of urgency in 'Special Chabbis', about a group of conmen who posed as CBI officers in the 80s
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  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-7
Special 26 is the best Hindi film I’ve seen this year. Inspired by a real-life heist in 1987, writer-director Neeraj Pandey constructs an elaborate cat-and-mouse chase between cops and robbers. Except, here, you’re rooting for the bad guys.In 1987, an unknown man walked into a well-known jewellery store
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  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-7
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. Theasli khiladi Ajay (Akshay), quick-witted, daring and strong-willed - he's the master-planner. Sharmaji (Kher), a wee-bit weak-hearted
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  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-7
It’s the late 1980s, India is yet to be hit by the globalisation wave and corruption is flourishing quietly without the influx of news channels to report or debate. Anil Kapoor is rocking Bollywood but Amitabh Bachchan continues to reign supreme. Even the auto rickshaw still flags its loyalty towards
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8
One absolutely failsafe way of figuring out the efficacy of a movie is to measure how heavy its runtime weighs on the audience.Special 26 is actually quite a long film – it is a shade under two and a half hours. But it feels much shorter than it really is.It glides by with such effortlessness
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  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-7
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'
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-7
Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) and PK Sharma (Anupam Kher) along with their two aides (Rajesh Sharma and Kishore Kadam) excel in duping people as a CBI team that goes about conducting raids at some of the most infamous Politicians and Businessmen. They get away with all their money
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  •  DNA -Malavika Velayanikal Rating-8
Not many of us would’ve been willing to bet on Akshay Kumar’s acting prowess. Well, thanks to director  Neeraj Pandey of the A Wednesday-fame, Akshay gives a convincing performance as a no-nonsense conman in Special Chabbis, a compelling heist drama based on real events.
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  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-6
To take a real-life incident and give it a 'reel twist' that is captivating calls for a 'genius streak'. For this delightful twist in the tale itself, Neeraj Pandey the writer deserves a round of applause. We all know how 26 fake CBI sleuths walked into a well-known jewellery shop one afternoon in March 1987
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  •  Koimoi -Roshni Devi Rating-5
Neeraj Pandey takes a very interesting plot with a game of cat-and-mouse, minus the muscle. It’s a battle of cerebral levels with a determined cop out to catch a super-smart thief. The climax is bound to take you by surprise even though it does have a few loopholes.
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  •  Mid Day -Janhavi Samant Rating-8
As second films post remarkable debuts often do, Neeraj Pandey’s 'Special 26' carries the same burden that Bejoy Nambiar’s 'David' did last week. A lot of us wondered if Pandey would be able to recreate the tension and appeal of 'A Wednesday'. Well, the answer is, yes he does.
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  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-7
“Asli power dil main hoti hai (True power lies in the heart),” Ajay Singh tells 26 young men and women who are hopeful of winning a spot on his team of CBI officers, about to conduct a raid on a popular jewellery store in Opera House, Bombay. The year is 1987. Singh – played by Akshay Kumar
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  •  Filmfare -Rachit Gupta Rating-8
Inspired by real-life events. That statement creates a certain blanket effect for a film. Saving it from its own loop holes, because the viewers’ mind keeps harking back to the thought that ‘this really happened’. Special 26 benefits from that statement immensely. On the strength of its actors
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  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-7
It's hard to believe that this fantastic story is inspired by real incidents. Truth is truly stranger than fiction!The film begins with a CBI raid at a minister's home. As the wife screeches and screams, pinned down by a female cop (Divya Dutta), the CBI team finds stacks of cash inside car seats
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-5
Get this. One man has turned into a con artist because he failed at the CBI recruitment exams. The second has a virtual cricket team of daughters to feed. The third, ostensibly, has to finance his extended family, constantly shown in deep slumber. And the fourth is a cuckold
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  •  India Today -Vinayak Chakravorty Rating-7
Special 26 incidentally marks Pandey's foray into bigtime Bollywood, touting the superstar mug of Akshay Kumar on the posters. Before anything, this is not your typical Akki masala. The actor does a chameleon turn admirably, shedding his glam garb of a larger-than-life hero to morph
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  •  One India -Nabanita Rating-6
The best part of the film would be the remarkable performances delivered by each actor. If you have had enough of Akshay Kumar's comedy genre, check him out in this one. After a lot of 'ha-has' and 'he-hees' in Housefull 2 and Khiladi 786, Akshay receives an intelligent makeover for his role
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  •  Zee News -Resham Sengar Rating-8
‘Special 26’ has all the required ingredients to keep a viewer’s attention intact till the very end and trust me this is one film that you won’t regret watching, if you truly liked ‘A Wednesday’. Here’s a pat on Neeraj’s back for exploring a territory of thriller movie making that demands an eye for detail
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  •  First Post -Rubina A Khan Rating-4
Special 26’s trailers prepare you for a fake versus real CBI heist set in the late 80s, but the name of the film itself doesn’t tell you much else, unless of course you watch the film. Then it is self-explanatory. Special 26 is a film wherein the plot thickens and turns, at its own pace of course.
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  •  Bollywood Life -Reza Noorani Rating-7
This is one of those times in his career where Akshay Kumar, besides Hera Pheri and OMG: Oh My God!, has managed to select a movie script so suited to his level of performance that it makes you feel he cannot get any better. Special 26 is a movie where stars don’t matter
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  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-8
After a befitting statement with a realization that echoed the irony, anger, helplessness of the common man with a chorus in 'A Wednesday' Neeraj Pandey is back and the best part is he is 'unconned' by the demands of his previous success and delivers and excellent account of the 1980's heist
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  •  Daily Bhaskar -Mayank Shekar Rating-7
This is an Akshay Kumar film. Despite all the anticipation, it is easy at once to understand the apprehensions then. Only someone who has wasted a significant portion of their lifetime watching nonsensical gibberish starring the actor would know that even if the promo of a picture looks promising
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Special 26 (2013)
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