Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Special 26 (Chabbis) Review

Special 26
Special 26 Rating: 3.5/5

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Special Chabbis Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5  Special 26 Review By: Rajeev Masand  Site: CNN IBN (IBNLive)
'Special Chabbis' works on account of its meaty, realistic plot and nicely fleshed out characters. This is solid, assured filmmaking, evident in the meticulous detailing of its 80s production design. The film charms you with its subtle humor. If the film falters occasionally, blame it on the pacing; the first half feels particularly stretched out because of the needless songs that act as speed-bumps in the way of a smooth narrative. 'Special Chabbis' works on account of its meaty, realistic plot and nicely fleshed out characters. This is solid, assured filmmaking, evident in the meticulous detailing of its 80s production design. The film charms you with its subtle humor
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Ratings:4/5  Special 26 Review By: Taran Adarsh  Site: BollywoodHungama
SPECIAL 26 is not one of those mindless masala entertainers with leave-your-brains-at-home attitude. SPECIAL 26 encompasses three startling cases that sent a shiver down the spine of many a businessman in the 1980s. What makes the film tick is the manner in which Neeraj Pandey integrates these episodes in a sequence and develops a clever cat and mouse saga between law breakers and law enforcers. Like a wednesday, SPECIAL 26 also sets you thinking.Yet, it's sharp, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable. On the whole, SPECIAL 26 is an intelligently woven, slick and smart period thriller with its subject matter as its USP. It's sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real life occurrences. A film that's sure to win accolades, acclaim and awards. Also, box-office rewards!
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Anupama Chopra  Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)
Special 26 is the best Hindi film I’ve seen this year. Inspired by a real-life heist in 1987, writer-director Neeraj Pandey constructs an elaborate cat and mouse chase between cops and robbers. Except here, you’re rooting for the bad guys to win. The film’s titles play out against newspaper headlines, which creates a sense of immediacy and urgency that never lets up. Pandey deftly keeps the plot moving. The climax isn’t fully convincing but you won’t mind because Neeraj Pandey has delivered a sparkler. I’m going with three and a half stars and strongly recommending that you catch Special 26.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee  Site:Times of India (TOI)
Inspired by a real incident, Neeraj Pandey cuts to the chor-police chase and weaves an intelligent, mind-racing thriller, keeping you tightly strapped to your seats. It captures the 80's era beautifully; and the cinematography ( Bobby Singh) is a cut above . The powerful background score enthuses the pace. The only place he loses momentum is the romantic track and dance number, kinda unwarranted, we must say.Interestingly, this con-job story is not superbly-stylish or stealthily serious. It doesn't stun you with a social message like Pandey's 'A Wednesday', but it grips, excites and ahh...climaxes too! And no ... you can't fake this one! Catch it for pure cinematic orgasm.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Sukanya Verma  Site:Rediff
Old is gold AND exciting. In his latest offering Special Chabbis -- based on true heist incidents -- director Neeraj Pandey highlights this likelihood with his tremendous mix of shrewd brainpower against obsolete technology. But what’s truly Special about this Chabbis is to see two such different actors, one reliably awesome and the other getting out of his comfort zone of mindless money-spinners to collaborate and credit a script that gives them something concrete and equivalent to work on. Oh yes, Special Chabbis is my second favourite film of 2013 so far.
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Ratings:4/5  Review By: Saibal Chaterjee  Site:NDTV
Special 26 is an intelligently scripted, superbly acted, enthralling and believable heist film that is more than just that. Special 26 hinges on four pivotal performances, with Manoj Bajpayee’s star turn being the standout one. It is a classic demonstration of what a consummate actor can achieve when he is at complete ease with the material at his disposal.Verdict: Special 26 truly special. Not be missed.
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Ratings:--  Review By: Komal Nahta  Site:ETC
On the whole, Special 26 may be a fairly entertaining thriller but it is not without some glaring flaws in its screenplay. At the box-office, it will not prove to be a paying proposition for the distributors, given its high cost to them (all-India: around Rs. 36-37 crore). Its producers, of course, will make a profit due to the high price at which they have sold the all-India rights and also due to revenues from sale of satellite and other rights.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
'Special 26' is a better film, coasting on realistic performances and locations, and a rapid pace for the most part. Because Hindi cinema doesn't usually do well with intelligent hide-and-seek games, I didn't have too much hopes from 'Special 26', but the film surprised me. Its flaws are minor; on the "whole, 'Special 26' is a gripping, well-made heist film.
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Ratings:4/5  Review By: Malavika Velayaniyal Site:DNA
The director has got most of the details right and therefore, despite the incredulous way the gang gets away with their 49 raids, the movie wears a realistic air.Those little things apart, Special Chabbis is a well-written, well-made thriller sans histrionics which translates into wholesome entertainment.
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Ratings:----  Review By: Sneha May Francis  Site: Emirates 24by7
A little more focus on the modus operandi, the forgery, the cases or even what really becomes of the loot they jointly accumulate, would’ve made for some interesting viewing. Despite these obvious shortfalls, that occur when the sensibilities of commercial and realistic cinema are fused, Neeraj does pull it off, fairly impressively. He keeps us on the edge of our seat, for most parts, tweaking the events to finally unveil a thrilling end.After a remarkable debut with the political thriller ‘A Wednesday’, Neeraj follows it up with a notable ‘Special 26’.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By: Martin D Souza  Site:Glamsham
To take a real-life incident and give it a 'reel twist' that is captivating calls for a 'genius streak'. For this delightful twist in the tale itself, Neeraj Pandey the writer deserves a round of applause. But the manner of the heist we see in SPECIAL 26 is indeed special! It's a jaw-dropping sequence in the end. Right from the first frame onwards the screenplay yanks you into the goings-on. what pulls SPECIAL 26 back a little is the plot between Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal. It's an annoying interference. For one, minus this, the film would have been tauter and pacier.
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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By: Roshni Devi  Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: Some dialogues; the jokes; the climax. What’s Bad: Kajal’s unnecessary role/romance angle; the songs; a few unexplained bits. Loo break: None. Watch or Not?: Watch it for the con-jobs, the humour and Akshay-Manoj’s war of wits. Special 26 is a captivating con-movie with an equally thrilling chase with Akshay Kumar and Manoj Bajpai doing their best chor-police jodi.
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59 comments:

  1. i have watched s26 and its just awesome

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    1. really release se pehle hi dekh li

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    2. i m in dubai...special screening

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    3. Dude i live in dubai
      and the movie releases every thursday at 00:00 and its 11:50 now
      so how did you get to see the movie

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    4. oops ,vikas sorry i got confused
      i thought today was Wednesday and tomm is thursday
      okay just ignore the comment

      so where did you watch Vox,Grand or reel "Cinemas"??

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  2. De dana dan was last aki movie for me. will watch it only for manoj bajpai performance

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  3. I watched the movie in Dubai and this is an awesome movie.... its a must watch from directors of another classic 'A Wednesday'. Much better than previous nonsense like jab tak hai jaan, dabangg, son of sardar.... bollywood should come up with such type of movies to cope up with present mindset of people. A good investment for a good entertainment. Total paisa wasool!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Dude sorry to say
      but only word of mouth can increase the box office collection
      and there has only been somewhat promotion for this film
      people are mad only for salman khan movies

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  4. Excellent movie!! Best of the year for sure!!!!

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  5. nikhil arora from desimartini 4 out of 5 for special chabbis...

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  6. Great movie. Gripping and interesting plot. Akshay rocks once again and he has shown that he can do a variety of roles and still be a superstar. Manoj Vajpayee is superb. Kajal is beautiful.

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  7. wow it has got positive reviews from almost every critics...hv to watch it for sure.

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  8. If u liked A Wednesday, u'll surely gonna like this one too..bcoz its from the same director.

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  9. roshni devi doesn't know anything....she should get a life!!!

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  11. Neeraj Pandey, the well-known director of ‘A Wednesday’, brings to you his latest offering ‘Special 26’. With such a reputable star cast and an excellent director come huge expectations. Does the director live up to them?

    Based on the true incidents of the 1980’s, the story focuses on a group of 4 people (Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Kishor Kadam and Rajesh Sharma) who allegedly raid the house of top bureaucrats and politicians by falsely addressing themselves as the people from CBI or the Income tax Department. All the money is seized and nobody complains because of the black money involved. Manoj Bajpai, the man from ‘Asli CBI’ as he addresses himself, is appointed to investigate the case. Jimmy Shergil, a policeman who is also spoofed by those people, tries to help Bajpai in the inquest.


    The problem with ‘Special 26’ is that you already know what is going to happen till interval. You’ve seen all of it in the promos. The first half is slow and tardy. The romantic sequences of Akshay and Kajal irritate you in between; it is actually the perfect time when you can afford a loo break. The songs are pathetic and test your patience.
    Neeraj Pandey, despite of the loopholes of the first half, manages to deliver in the second half. The movie has a jaw dropping climax that makes it worth watching.

    Talking of its other positives, ‘Special 26’ has some smart dialogues. My favorites among them are-
    “Ek baat yaad rakhna humesha, Asli Power Dil mein hoti hai” (Anupam Kher)

    “Sir. mere promotion ka kya hua? Ghar chalana mushkil ho raha hai, kahe to Rishwat (bribe) lena shuru kar du.” (Manoj Bajpai)

    The performances of its caste are of first rate. Akshay Kumar does a commendable job after so many years. This type of cinema goes with his personality. Anupam Kher is excellent. Manoj Vajpai is meritorious; we all know what he is capable of. Kajal Jhirwal has not much to do. Jimmy Shergil, Divya Dutta, Kishor Kadam and Rajesh Sharma are praiseworthy.

    On the whole, ‘Special 26’ might prove a decent watch this weekend. Though it is not as good as the director’s last film, but it is still appreciable.

    Rating- 3/5


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    1. very nice review but just a wee bit lengthy

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    2. Dude you call the movie a decent watch and don't really think it is as good as some of the others think and still gave 3 out of 5 your review is a little confusing to me

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  12. SPECIAL 26 is an intelligently woven, slick and smart period thriller with its subject matter as its USP. It's sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real life occurrences. I loved this one 4 out of 5

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  13. Great reviews' from all critics for the first time I'm looking forward to akshay movie after years of crap tht he has made.. this one sure is worth a watch.. wish he wud do more meaty roles... good on him for once..

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  14. @Ravi- its satisfactory to me. just above average

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  15. Special26 is really special...AKKI rocks,jimmy shergill, anupam kher,manoj bajpayee all are amazing...and finally Neeraj Pandey(the director)..hats off...watch the movie and get amazed..best movie of the last 5 years...

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  16. Rajeev Masand giving a 3.5 this makes it a must watch

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  17. I can't believe that what i just saw something which I was dying to see after seeing Vicky Donor,OMG,Kahaani this is the movie to watch. Special Chabbis has everything that would keep you glued to the seats....Drama,Suspense,Thrills and Chills and Oh! Boy how can I Forget The Climax(One Of The Best till Date)....!! don't miss this one guys

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  18. Special 26
    Cinema Analyst's Take – Good. Ocean's stopped at 13, Special's start at 26.

    http://cinemaanalyst.blogspot.in/2013/02/special-26.html

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  19. reminded me of Ocean's Eleven

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  20. .I considered watching this movie because of the director of A Wedesday..NEERAJ PANDEY..and he didn't fail to deliver...Heist movies in bollywood are generally filled with crap like glamor,show-off and pulling off practically impossible stuff...and thats where special 26 stands above all....Great direction, incredible acting, perfect screenplay and a great script made this normal heist-kind off plot into the very best of its kind that bollywood has never seen.... Special 26 will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout 2.30 hours and an incredible climax will make you appreciate the movie...Except for AKSHAY-KAJAL segments, which were really not needed in the movie, Special 26 is perfect in every department and regardless of the business it does at the box office(I really don't give a damn about that),this movie is one of the all time greats in bollywood for me...

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  21. Roshni Devi aap jaiye apne ghar....hum aapke review padhe bina jee lenge.....she is an A**HOLE.....idiot....i saw the movie and it deserves 3.5 to 4 stars.....!!!!

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    1. roshni devi ke review dena band karo admin
      she sucks big time

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    2. i watched it today..its powerful movie no doubt. just loved the manoj and jimmy's performance

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  22. taran adarsh is always sold out for movie.....he gave 4 stars to son of sardar nd khiladi786..he is never right

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  23. The movie starts with the scene of Walk-ins interview for recruitment in CBI. That moment you realize that you are about to experience a series of some brilliantly played cons of all time. Shot in the year 1987, the movie actually takes you that era where you still had Ambassador and Padminis.

    The script is so gripping and exciting that your eyes would keep riveted to the screen. Performance wise, every actor is head to head on screen be it Akshay, Anupam, Manoj or Jimmy.The climax unfolds a great surprise and also the answer to the resonating question in your mind about "Special 26".Only boring part in the movie is the unnecessary role of Kajal Aggarwal as the romantic lead opposite Akshay.

    26 definitely is a must must watch and easily the movie of this year, till now.

    PS: On the eve of Valentine, the movie's dialogue would find many takers.. "Asli taaqat DIL me hoti hai"..

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    1. Nice review i am going tonight

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  24. special 26 = good story+excellent acting+excellent background music+unnecessary songs(it breaks the grip of movie)+excellent climax....on the whole its an excellent movie don't miss this one...

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  25. After A Wednesday, Neeraj Pandey is back with an intelligent script on a true life incident against corruption. It is a story of con men who looted black money of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen by posing either as CBI or income tax officials. Power of this flick lies in tight script with a last minute twist. This is a perfect answer to Ocean franchise, we can expect sequel as well. After a long time, Akki shows his acting talent in totally new avtaar. Anupam & Jimmy plays his role very well. Manoj is full of power & very well lifted his role. There is no need of female character in script. Loose Point: songs, as there is no need to waste 10-12 precious minutes. Best Dialogue: Asli Power dil me hoti h. Last Words: It is an intelligent movie with best performances. You would not regret watching.

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  26. # SPECIAL 26 [CHHABBIS] : ASLI WALA HEIST MOVIE #

    Movie enthusiasts have always showed their concern if BOLLYWOOD can ever match up with the kind of movies HOLLYWOOD produced. Well, that question raises possibility of a good never-ending debate where anyone and everyone related to movies, directly or indirect, has his own reasons to argue…but for me, films like SPECIAL 26 [CHHABBIS] restore my faith & conviction in the certainty that Bollywood is very much on the path to improve-impress & ignite the much-needed change.

    A WEDNESDAY fame NEERAJ PANDEY is in full form to give you another jolt of excitement with one of the best heist/con movies Bollywood has ever come up with.

    SPECIAL 26 [CHHABBIS] intelligently takes its lead from real life incidents in late 80’s that became the most-talked but never-reported scam in Indian law enforcement agencies. In times, when CBI wasn’t merely a marionette of the government but the most fearing agency for criminals of every kind, a handful of tremendously smart & determined lawbreakers decides to encash the fear by acting fake CBI raids on corrupt politicians and businessmen with loads of undeclared money.

    Now, if the story is set in 80’s, the biggest challenge was sure to recreate the era. SPECIAL 26 [CHHABBIS] does phenomenally great in its authentic and hard-core convincing production design. From sign-boards to the roads, buildings, cars, clothing…everything just fit the bill faultlessly. It’s grippy, edgy, humorously entertaining, engrossing, smartly written, brilliantly enacted and superbly directed thriller of the year [Only if we can oversee one or two carelessly done song sequences in the first half]. After OMG- OHH MY GOD! Akshay is again a revelation. Jimmy Shergill & Anupam Kher looks believable as their parts but its Manoj Bajpayee who shocks you like anything. What a talent! This man speaks more with his mannerism itself.

    This weekend, do yourself a favour! Stop cribbing about the unvarying Bollywood…try SPECIAL 26 [CHHABBIS], you will not be ashamed of your decision, for sure. [3.5]

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  27. zee news ka bhi do yr..4/5

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  28. mid day ka bhi do 4/5 stars for special chabbis

    and sesi martini ka bhi do 4/5 stars for special chabbis

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  29. just came back from the movie...
    its comedy-suspense-thriller... all packed into one
    One of those rare movies that will remain with u for a long time... book ur tickets and just go for it...

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  30. yahan sabko reviewer banne ka chaska laga he..
    above are knowledgeable but bikaooo
    and these are not so tikaoooo...
    pata nahi dusro ka review chori karke likhte he..

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  31. Special Chabbis ****

    1st Half V.Good, 2nd Half Extra Ordinary & Climax is one of the Best.
    Top class Con movie of bollywood like Ocean series in Hollywood.
    Hats-off to Neeraj Pandey post "A Wednesday".

    Awards/Accolades/Nomination for Best Director/Actor/Supporting Actor/Story/Screenplay/Production Design.
    Don't waste your time by reading this much reviews, just book u'r ticket & go for it.
    Strongly recommended !!!

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  32. roshni devi trolled AGAIN .....ROFLMAO..poor woman

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  33. Nice one, must watch...

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  34. A must watch. this movie doesnt need any review.. its a perfect entertainer with some outstanding performers.. Anupam kher, manoj bajpayee, akshy kumar, jimmy shergil.. i wont go in any details as i would just recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for an edge of the seat entertainer with super climex. give it 4/5 as nowdays you dont get to see such an authenctic movie. loved the background score also throughout the movie which we see only in movie of 80s.. must go for it. 4/5

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  35. i wanna see neeraj pandey and aamir khan together. . .
    P.s. Earliar posted that sp26 reminded me of ocean's11. .

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  36. Prasenjit ChatterjeeFebruary 12, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    What has happened to Mr. Komal Nahta this time....out of his mind or what...just because ETC is supporting ABCD doesn't mean will talk rubbish...Sorry bt i lost faith in u and ur review..

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  37. abe gand ke andhon, filim kaisa hai u batao naa, shahrukh salman log ko leke apas me lad rahe ho,e hero log paisa kama rha hai, aur tum log hero log ka side leke lad rahe ho, stardom jhant barabar cheez hai, gand maraye film star, film should be classy with updated techonoly advanced cinematography, script & most importantly acting, e chutiya log jhant barabar camera use karta hai, aur salman fil me hagega, padega, mootega,public pura khush, shahrukh chutiya hai rang de basanti, 3 idiots, robot, dhoom 3, robot jaisa fil chorke ra 1, jab tak hai jaaan kiya, aamir sahi jaa rha hai, akshay bhi ghatiya film sign kar rha hai, imran ko acting nahi ata, hrithik baap ke dam pe hai, saif better kar rha, john is improving, special 26 is a meaningful movie like a awednesday, same director, watch it

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  38. 2013 will be a good year for movie lovers,year started with special 26 , a very special movie for Indian cinema and there are still lots of good movies to come this year ,as per I have been seeing promos on TV like kai po che , bhag milkha bhag , shoot out at wadala and some others later in the year once upon a time in mumbai-2,Doom3 ,Krrish-3 etc.

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  39. A big flaw in the movie:
    Lets believe for a second that Jimmy Shergil was a rat. But then how did the senior police inspector take him to the minister's house (The one who was robbed in the very beginning of the movie)???

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    1. Seems you havent noticed that sr police wala played by vipin sharma was also having his share from shanti devi after the final heist. Now, u can only argue if a minister dont knw police wallah under him, that can be possible because indian politician are the dumbest creature in the world.

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  40. why cant police catch akshay kumar and his gang after the final act
    the owner of the jewellery shop must have reported the burgalry bcoz he did not had black money
    manoj vajpayee knew the gang by their faces and the people at workshop can also recognize the people
    they even knew anupam kher's house


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