New Delhi: Nobody had expected much from a new director like Neeraj Pandey when he first came up with 'A Wednesday' in 2008, but the film went on to become one of the sleeper hits of the year. It might have helped Pandey in picking up his next project but it also has raised the audience's expectations from 'Special 26'.
Neeraj Pandey has featured a mainstream star Akshay Kumar along-with some acting powerhouses such as Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher in 'Special 26'. Jimmy Shergill has also developed a lot in recent years while Kajal Aggarwal has still to prove her calibre.
The film is about a group of daredevil thieves led by Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar), who are facing a stiff opposition from CBI officer Wasim Khan (Manoj Bajpayee). Who will win this cat-and-mouse game forms the core the film.
The director of 'Special 26', Neeraj Pandey has come up with one of the finest Hindi heist films of recent times.
The film has been promoted well and Akshay Kumar is a bankable name, so it is likely to get initial eyeballs but only the quality of the content will decide its run at the ticket window.
Rohit Vats of IBNLive is inside the theatre to live tweet the experience of 'Special 26'.
10:15 AM: Stay tuned for the tweet review of #Special26.
10:17 AM: Directed by Neeraj Pandey, #Special26 stars Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Shergill in the lead roles.
10:19 AM: The film also stars Anupam Kher and Kajal Aggarwal in important roles. #Special26
10:21 AM: Neeraj Pandey came into limelight with his first film A Wednesday in 2008. #Special26
10:23 AM: #Special26 is expected to be a cat and mouse game between a thief Ajay Singh and a CBI officer Wasim Khan.
10:26 AM: A good film introduces its characters and theme in the beginning only. #Special26 does that.
10:30 AM: MM Kreem has composed the music for the film. He has given some excellent songs in the past. #Special26
10:35 AM: Desaturated colours are used to give a new look to the film. #Special26
10:38 AM: The cast of the film looks impressive. Rajesh Sharma and Divya Dutta are also in the film. #Special26
10:42 AM: Hamesha yaad rakhna asli power dil me hoti hai. #Special26 looks promising.
10:45 AM: Bobby Singh's cinematography is full of imaginative ideas. #Special26 flaunts good camera work.
10:49 AM: The director has taken help of some stereotypes but they help in setting the mood of #Special26.
10:53 AM: So this is from where Daler Mehndi has got his dance steps. Some old world charm in #Special26.
10:56 AM: Delhi has been shown in a new light that too mostly in long shots. #Special26
11:00 AM: A chase sequence can remind you of Sarfarosh but it paves the way for Manoj Bajpayee's grand entry. #Special26
11:05 AM: Detailing is turning out to be the strength of #Special26. Casting is good. Asli wale CBI.
11:08 AM: The writers have done a good job. Screenplay has the perfect tempo. #Special26
11:12 AM: The tactics used by the CBI and thieves are used judiciously in the story. It makes #Special26 an engaging tale.
11:15 AM: The fight between Waseem Khan and Ajay Singh is the highlight of #Special26. Who will win this battle?
11:18 AM: Akshay Kumar has got another good character role after 'OMG'. Mujh me tu...#Special26
11:25 AM: Can Indian directors use slow motion shots better than Guy Ritchie? #Special26
11:30 AM: It's a heist film where an entire organisation is after four people. However the war is still balanced. #Special26
11:35 AM: Manoj Bajpayee has been given a loud character and he suits the requirements. Jimmy Shergill is subtle. #Special26
11:40 AM: The film is perfectly poised between two parties. The tempo needs to touch the top height now. #Special26
11:45 AM: This is one of Akshay Kumar's finest performances for sure. He is holding the film together. #Special26
11:50 AM: Anupam Kher has come up with a nuanced performance. His expressions are flawless. #Special26
11:55 AM: One good thing about #Special26 is that it doesn't spend much time in backgrounding.
11:58 AM: Sometimes overacting helps in setting the motto of the character. #Special26
12:01 PM: India is the only country where people measure distance in minutes. #Special26
12:05 PM: Have we got our very own Ocean's Eleven in #Special26?
12:10 PM: Twists and turns are here to mesmerise the audiences. #Special26
12:15 PM: The climax of the film lives up to the expectations. May remind you of Nine Queens. #Special26
12:25 PM: The film ends at a convincing note. It's a perfect finish. #Special26
12:35 PM: Acting wise #Special26 is not going to let you down. Akshay, Anupam and Manoj are superb. Jimmy is good.
12:40 PM: Writing is the strength of #Special26. Direction adds to its charm and makes it a must watch.
12:50 PM: One of the finest heist films in recent time #Special26 is good in almost every department. Don't miss it.
12:57 PM: Thanks for being with us throughout the tweet review of #Special26. Have a good day.
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