Starring: Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Kajal Aggarwal
Directed by Neeraj Pandey
Special 26 may seem very different from A Wednesday on the surface, but there are uncanny similarities between the two Neeraj Pandey films. Both are fairly gripping, with the proverbial twist in the tale. And even though both are situated in different times—Wednesday in contemporary India and Special 26 in the late ’80s—they highlight the common’s man profound disenchantment with the situation he is bound in. The solutions offered in both cases are extreme and over the top—to subvert the system from within.
Special 26 is a heist film set just before the opening up...