Read the Exclusive Special 26 Movie Review
5 years after his sleeper and surprise hit A Wednesday Neeraj Pandey is back with his second film. A Wednesday had an interesting story and even though it lacked finesse in its execution the film still worked well because it connected to the emotion of helplessness amongst the people of not being able to do anything against the system and the state of our country.
|Star-Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill|
|Director: Neeraj Pandey|
|Producer: Shital Bhatia, Kumar Mangat Pathak|
|Duration: 2 hrs 24 mins|
If you have seen the trailer or know anything about this film the first 20 minutes is a wasteful exercise in setting up. on 26th January 1987 4 guys (Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Rajesh Sharma and Kishore Kadam) pose as CBI officers and raid the house of a minister. a senior inspector ( Jimmy Shergill) who gets used by them in this raid approaches the real CBI and officer Waseem Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) is put on this case.
The big heist begins some 1 and half hour into the film. till then a lot of time is wasted in establishing characters, small time con jobs and a forced and not needed love track between Akshay Kumar and Kajal Agarwal.
It is technically tacky and tries hard to recreate the era of late 80's. what works is that except the love track it stays focused on the plot and manages to keep you engaged but doesn't give you the edge of the seat thrill which was so needed for a film this.
If looked from a purely Akshay Kumar films point of view this one stands out amongst the bunch. After OMG here too he is controlled and measured in his performance.
Verdict: The 3rd act saves the film from becoming just another con/heist film