Feb 8 2013

Special 26- Movie Review


Special 26 posterNot many heist movies can have the kind of effect ‘Special 26’ has on you. This one’s a gem in Bollywood’s treasure chest. Here’s why.

So what’s the movie about? Well, in 1987, a man robbed jewellery worth lakhs from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai by hiring 28 recruits who applied to work with the CBI. He claimed he was from the CBI and made the shop owner switch off all the cameras, phones and produce cash and jewellery for inspection. In thirty minutes, while the recruits searched for vital information, he walked out of the shop without being suspected by anyone. Special 26 is based on that event.

I must salute Neeraj Pandey, the director of the film for making a film on this incident. He is pure genius. The story is fast paced and gripping. You might feel a little restless in the first half but the second half makes you understand why that was important. The setting is so real that you’ll go back to the 1980s with all the Marutis and Ambassadors, the old school telephones, Vimal ads, etc. The background music is superb! Sanjoy Chowdhury, take a bow! Bobby Singh, the cinematographer’s done a good job with the camera work.

Coming to the performances… Anupam Kher is brilliant, especially in the scene where he’s caught and has to confess to Manoj Bajpayee; Akshay Kumar is good, Manoj Bajpayee is very good as a tough CBI officer,  Jimmy Sheirgill and Divya Dutta don’t have much to do but still make an impact. Kajal Aggarwal just had to look pretty as Akshay Kumar’s love interest and she did it well.

There’s not much music in the movie luckily but I really like the first song that plays when they introduce Kajal Aggarwal.

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, watch Special 26 and I promise you, you wont be disappointed.

Rating– 4/5

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Jul 22 2011

Singham- Movie Review


RESPECT! Singham is one of those movies I went for without any expectations whatsoever and came back with new found respect for Ajay Devgan and Prakash Raj as actors and Rohit Shetty as a director. Here’s why.

Bajirao Sigham (Ajay Devgan) is a police officer in a small town called Shivgad where he is idolized by everyone for his honesty and bravado. On the other hand, Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj) is a nasty gunda and businessman who kills innocent people and who wants to be a politician. The hero needs to destroy the villain and the rest you’ll find out while watching the movie so I’m not giving out any details here.

First things first. Ajay Devgan blew me away with his superb acting and action sequences. He was just simply awesome! His intense eyes, the way he maarod the dialogues,  the way he beat up the goons, the way he looks as a tough cop and how he softens up when it comes to expressing love. I can’t say any actor’s done a better job as a cop before. Serious! This has to be one of Ajay Devgan’s best performances yet! I also loved Prakash Raj who was just too good as a villain. I really wish to see him in more Bollywood films. Both these actors make the movie what it is. Debutant Kajal Aggarwal, (love interest of Ajay Devgan in the movie) was not bad either. She has great screen presence.

Rohit Shetty has done an amazing job in creating a film that the audience loved. Everyone went crazy clapping, hooting, whistling and cheering throughout the film. I wouldn’t compare it to Dabangg except that Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan’s look is the same in both the movies and they both have a title song choreographed similarly. The background music just adds to the intensity and drama in the film and the timing is perfect! The way the action scenes have been done is also brilliant! I just felt that the songs were spoiling the flow of the movie which could have been avoided and the love angle could have been given less importance.

Otherwise, I can’t really find many faults. Everyone’s done a fabulous job in the film. I was completely entertained throughout and enjoyed every minute of Singham. I really did!

Rating– 3.5/5

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