Special 26 (Special Chhabbis) is not a special or magical number of maths but name of Bollywood’s present comedy king Akshay Kumar’s latest heist drama movie in 2013. This is not first movie in which Akshay Kumar playing character of a super genius con artist. He has done this in many of his earlier released movies such as Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, Hera Pheri, Tees Maar Khan and recently released Khiladi 786.
Akshay Kumar made fool of people to get his love of life in Mr. And Mrs. Khiladi where as in his cult comedy film Hera Pheri did this job with Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal. In Tees maar Khan he portrayed title role of Tees Maar Khan, a cunning super con artist, who can open any locker and rob with an ease. Though Tees Maar could not work well as Hera Pheri did and proved to be a box office bomb. He made a return with Khiladi 786 in action genre and robbed people as fake police inspector Bahattar Singh. Inspite of unbelievable action scenes and comedy dialogues this film too crashed on box office. Now Akshay Kumar and all his fans have great expectations with Special 26.
What Special 26 (Special Chhabbis) is all about?
As everyone knows now it’s a story of a con artist Ajay Singh and Akshay Kumar is playing this role. But this time he is not doing all these jobs alone. Anupam Kher is also there as P. K. Sharma a.k.a. Sharma ji in Special 26 as his partner in crime. The movie is based on real life gang of con artist of 1980′s who performed various clever robberies and robbed many famous politicians and businessmen by pretending as Income tax officers and CBI. They would take away all their black money on the pretext of conducting raids.
The concept of Special 26 (Special Chhabbis) is based on a real-life incident of a daring heist performed on 19th March 1987 in which the same group posing as 26 CBI officers executed an infamous daylight income tax raid at Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri’s Opera House branch in Mumbai, and walked away with all jewelry worth many lakhs.
The film is also set in same time period of real robberies, early 1980′s. Writer-director of Special Chhabbis, Neeraj Pandey, had to wait for almost three years after his critically and commercially acclaimed movie A Wednesday to sign Akshay Kumar as main lead as he was his first choice for this role. Earlier Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan were also considered for this role but finally it gone to Akshay Kumar.
Actress Kajal Agarwal, earlier whom we have seen in Ajay Devgn’s superhit film Singham, is playing a school teacher who is female lead opposite Akshay Kumar in Special Chabbis. Manoj Bajpai is portraying Wasim Khan, a real CBI Officer who is after fake CBI officer Ajay Singh and his team of cons. Jimmy Shergil has roped in to play Senior Inspector Ranvir Singh in Special 26. One of the scenes Akshay Kumar says “life mein ek baat hamesha yaad rakhna… asli taaqat dil mein hoti hai”
Shooting of Special Chhabbis was started on 23rd February 2012 in Delhi and first schedule of the movie was shot in crowded but very famous Chandni Chowk. One more interesting thing related to Special Chhabbis is that Akshay Kumar has sung a song for the movie which is a romantic song. Dhar Pakad is the other song which is sung by Bappi Lahiri is grabbing a great attention.
Release Date of Special 26 (Special Chhabbis)
Special 26 is all set to release on 8th February 2013 across the world with tag line “Fake is real/Real is Fake”.
Cast & Crew of Special 26 (Special Chhabbis)
- Akshay Kumar as Ajay Singh
- Anupam Kher as P.K Sharma (Sharmaji)
- Manoj Bajpai as CBI Officer Wasim Khan
- Jimmy Shergill as Senior Inspector Ranvir Singh
- Kajal Aggarwal
- Divya Dutta
- Director: Neeraj Pandey
- Produced By: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Friday Filmworks, Kumar mangat
- Music By: M. M. Kreem, Himesh Reshammiya
- Cinematographer: Bobby Singh
- Release date(s) 8th February 2013
It will be very interesting to see a race between fake v/s real CBI or Akshay Kumar and Manoj Bajpai in Special 26 (Special Chhabbis) so don’t miss it.