Neeraj Pandey’s first film, A Wednesday (2008), was about the psychological oppressor as Everyman. His new film, Special Chabbis, is about the cons as Everyman. In view of a progression of genuine episodes from the 1980s, Special Chabbis recounts to the account of a gathering of conmen who ransack lawmakers and agents of tremendous measures of cash by taking on the appearance of CBI or Income Tax authorities. Until the genuine CBI jumps on their case.
The group of swindlers is driven by a youngish man called Aju (Akshay Kumar) and a more seasoned man called Sharma-Ji (Anupam Kher), with Rajesh Sharma and Kishore Kadam raising the back (capably enough, however one profoundly wishes both these excellent on-screen characters had more to do). Kher, for whom A Wednesday gave an undeniably uncommon opportunity to come back to the genuine acting he’s able to do, is in top structure again here, moving between smooth con and apprehensive elderly person with absolute validity. However, Special 26 is a well-made film which keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has a surprising plot twist which hooked has the viewers to the big screen patiently.
Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutta make a somewhat fun police team, yet once more, one aches for them to have meatier jobs. Manoj Bajpayee, as the genuine CBI agent who willingly volunteers to get the impersonators, capitalizes on each and every detail his character is given. His Waseem Khan is astringent and morally sound, conveying each line with a puncturing look and a feeling of timing that makes him a scene-stealer.
The film has a drawback that the romance subplot in the movie was not necessary. Pandey deftly keeps the plot moving. The characters are fleshed out with little subtleties so that Sharmaji, played by Anupam Kher, is a robust elderly person with a long queue of little youngsters. When he leaves home, he affectionately reminds his significant other to have the lock-in their room fixed.
In any case, the joys of Special Chabbis lie in the detail. The film reproduces the universe generally ’80s India both outwardly and in soul, delighting in the creation of a dirty Connaught Place stuck with Only Vimal advertisements, sentimental gatherings at Bandra transport stops under the once-commonplace indication of Thril, lodging halls loaded with streaked marble and a Delhi brimming with void streets punctuated by an infrequent light blue Maruti 800. Special 26, brings a fresh idea to the table and the actors do a good job in supporting that idea throughout the movie. However, every character has shown brilliant acting skills from the very beginning. Thus, it has portrayed an excellent twist until the very end of the film.
They are helped by a screenplay wherein the subtleties of milieu are treated as essential to the unfurling of the plot. However, Manoj Bajpayee steals the movie with his superb acting and the rest of the cast which includes Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Jimmy Shergill has also done a fantastic job—and Pandey completely has a good time with this reality, embeddings scene after scene where telephone lines are physically cut or tapped in manners that appear to be endearingly non-virtual today.
Overall, it is a very good film with enticing performances by the pivotal characters and a superb direction from the director!