Bolywood film “Special Chabbis” or “Special 26” is loosely based on a true event, a high profile heist carried out at the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Jewelers, in Mumbai, in 1987. Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, in the lead role, in the movie, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher, are excellent, and Kishore Kadam and Rajesh Sharma playing their two sidekicks are equally good. Manoj Bajpayee in the role of the CBI officer is also awesome, in the lead role.
If you want to enjoy the movie, do not read many reviews. Most of the reviews are spoilers. This is a story of con-men and jaw dropping mystery that lasts till the very end. Plenty of available easy targets with stacks of hidden wealth, is in itself an interesting commentary upon India’s corrupt politicians and businessmen and plenty of circulating black money. Manoj Bajpayee in the role of the honest CBI sleuth asking his boss whether he should start taking bribes since he has not received his promised increment in pay, provides another window into the corruption, and in the movie, serves as a sort of an early warning about who is winning the war. And one more little drama that can be seen to remark upon the availability of opportunities to those walking the straight and narrow path, is the way in which hundreds of candidates prepare for a dream job interview, only to have their dreams dashed, in the most cruel manner.
This movie will hold your interest and keep you guessing till the last slide. The relevance of the name will also be revealed in the last quarter of the movie. I rate it 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.