Special Chabbis (26) Review (Special Chabbis (26) Movie Poster)
Special Chabbis (26) Movie Poster

Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two-and-a-half stars)

Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpai, Kajal Aggarwal, Tiku Talsania.

What’s Good: Some dialogues; the jokes; the climax.

What’s Bad: Kajal’s unnecessary role/romance angle; the songs; a few unexplained bits.

Loo break: None.

Watch or Not?: Watch it for the con-jobs, the humour and Akshay-Manoj’s war of wits.

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A CBI officer calls a local police officer to assist in the raid of a politician’s residence. The CBI team comb the house and uncover black money worth lakhs hidden in the ceiling, inside a vintage car, under god’s statue etc. The embarrassed politician sits through the entire drama while the officers seal and take away his money. The police are left to hold fort till the team returns.

Except that the team will not return. And there were no CBI officers to begin with!

This is all part of Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar), P. K. Sharma aka Sharmaji (Anupam Kher) and their friends’ con job. They pretend to be CBI/Income Tax officers and raid the houses of politicians and wealthy businessmen. Not only do they steal insane amounts of money with the help of the local police (without having to shell out a part for the cops), none of their grand thefts get reported as the politicians and businessmen do not want to speak about their black money or they have a reputation to worry about. But one cop, Ranveer Singh (Jimmy Shergill), has taken this insult to heart.

After getting suspended with his colleague Shantiji (Divya Dutta), he asks the help of the real CBI officer Wasim Khan (Manoj Bajpai) to help nab these imposters. Now begins the game of cat-and-mouse. While Ajay wants to draw the curtains with a final huge heist, he decides to recruit 26 people in the guise of the CBI to create his Special Chabbis 26. Wasim cannot let a criminal get the better of him.

Who wins?

There’s also a nonsense plot of Ajay’s love interest Priya (Kajal Aggarwal) who’s soon to get married to someone else.

Special Chabbis (26) Review (Special Chabbis (26) Movie Stills)
Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher (Special Chabbis (26) Movie Stills)

Special Chabbis (26) Review: Script Analysis

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. What the film needed was the cop and the thief to be nipping at each others’ heels than just one final showdown. We are only shown Ajay hijack 2 offices before he decides to throw in the towel. Maybe if the marriage and item number were excluded…

The weakest part of the story is the romantic angle: its forced inclusion is badly written and just as badly enacted. Just like the songs. The dialogues are fun. You can take a few tips from Wasim Khan on asking your boss for a raise! The interview of the candidates is another hilarious part. The characters are not really well developed but are very entertaining.

Special Chabbis (26) Review: Star Performances

Akshay Kumar makes a good fake CBI officer. As Ajay Singh, he does seem a bit too haughty at times, but it goes well with his persona. There’s something off about his hairstyle though, that goes from suave to weird-80s in certain parts. Darn, how good can Anupam Kher get! One second he’s strutting into a minister’s house and slapping his secretary, and the other moment he’s red-faced, hunched-shoulders and stuttering nervously. He’s excellent as Sharmaji, no doubt.

Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutta are really good as Ranvir Singh and Shantiji but Divya barely get 3-4 lines in the movie. Manoj Bajpai does incredibly well as Wasim Khan and you really want some sort of divine intervention to keep both parties happy. Kajal Aggarwal hams her way through whatever scenes she has as Priya Chavan. Her strange role has her playfully teasing Ajay one moment and sobbing bitterly about her impending marriage to another guy (which she seemed cheerful about just 3 seconds ago) in the next. Tiku Talsania is lovable in his return to the silver screen as a merchant.

Special Chabbis (26) Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

Though he makes a good thriller, Neeraj Pandey’s direction leaves a few gaps to be filled. He does well with the chor-police story, managing to keep it away from the Hollywood style sleek ones and keeping this much more grounded. But the first half is a long wait and much of the action and chasing happens after the interval. The badly handled and interjected romance and songs are another stain. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background music is alright. Ganesh Acharya’s choreography is very ordinary. Music directors M.M. Kareem and Himesh Reshammiya make no effort with the songs either. Bobby Singh’s cinematography is good but the good shots tend to be repeated with Shree Narayan Singh’s editing.

A notable mention is for the sets and art direction which have been done very finely and doesn’t miss a beat of old Bombay of the ‘80s.

Special Chabbis (26) Review: The Last Word

Special 26 is a captivating con-movie with an equally thrilling chase with Akshay Kumar and Manoj Bajpai doing their best chor-police jodi.

Special Chabbis (26) Trailer

Special Chabbis (26) released on 8th February, 2013.

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  1. Those who are saying it deserves more star, did they watch the movie.Common grow up.Neeraj pandey is a good director but due to cheap,mindless Akshay Kumar I think movie may not be good.

  2. excellent movie 5 out of 5 and how this film deserve 2.5 stars whr as david film hav got 3.5 but it fails at box office i think this reviews doesn’t matter for audiance making the decision watch r not …….

  3. hi guys this review has not given by Mr Komal Nahta
    it given by Roshni Devi plz check the reviewer name on the above of this page

  4. Absolutely Thrilling I Was Stick to the Movie & off course To My Seat Till the End. The Best One Can Have after Wednesday..

  5. i saw the movie it was great…..lgta hai ROSHNI DEVI ji ne aaj subah subah 2 pack maar liya tha tavi to itni saandaar movie ko 2.5 star diya hai

  6. this is my request to koimoi officials that please change your critic reviewer. she is pathetic in reviewing and judging movies. please change her..

  7. it is quit common in the bollywood that these kinds of movies will open very slow r dull same cases were hapenned with the biggies movies such as swadesh(srk starrer), veer(salman), gujarish(hrithik),once upon a time in mumbai(ajay), dhoobi ghat(aamir), omg(akshay) because of niche appeal of the films and more importantly likes of indian audiances are towards masala movies with some action sinces, commedy and item songs etc than it will be hit,superhit,or blocbuster really great solute to audiances wow………

  8. The lady gives 2.5 stars to both Dabangg 2 and Special Chhabis!!! Simply pathetic. I will avoid visiting this lady’s reviews

  9. I predict this breaks OMG, & Talash records bcoz no big movie right know only 29march himatwala Massmovie.
    Total collections of SP26 may ::- 90 or 96 crore.
    After count **

  10. Jimmy shrgil is has played the role of theif (con) very wel. til the las minute of movie, he displayed himself as if he is the police officer but actually he is the partner of akshay kumar which is the suspense of movie.

  11. It’s awesome movie…..really how u guys gave it 2.5 stars ???? well people have proved the film’s worth by giving 4.5 stars……n please tell the correct box office figures… per so many other bollywood sites special 26 total collection till now is 37 crores……

  12. Paisa vasool this movie was. i saw this movie last weekend at waves cinema and i really enjoyed it. akshay kumar hatts off to you.

  13. Nice movie with excellent performance from Akshay and Kher while Manoj is at his best as CBI officer.

    Hats off to Akshay who has proved he can act unlike many other SUPERSTARS of bollywood today. I have become a fan of him, after this film.

  14. I saw this movie few days back at waves cinema with my family and to my amazement i really like the movie. the script was very powerful and the screenplay as well. Akshay kumar was really good.

  15. once again i see this movie….
    i have lots of words to say about this movie….
    but this page has limited cspacity….
    in simple word awesome movie
    4.5 out of 5………

  16. abhi bhi movir hit nahi huyi kya ke not declered likha rakha he…
    sale sabhi khan k chamche he…
    movie ko super hit ka tag do kamino….
    wom word of mouth me bhi sabse jyada rating isi movie ke he…….