Special Chabbis - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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Special Chabbis is an unfair joke on the audience. If it were not for some witty dialogue delivered with great timing, Special Chabbis would've been a very frustrating experience.

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46 reviewers have given Special Chabbis an average rating of 4.2/5.0 (?)

33 yays
2 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...When a nearly two-and-a-half-hour film feels like it’s short, you know it’s special. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Apun Ka Choice ...One of them played with compelling gusto by Kishore Kadam washes his wife's clothes at home when he is not away carrying out fake CBI raids with his comrades.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...visually too it’s a great work done by the team lead by the talented Neeraj Pandey which needs to be watched keeping in mind the obvious points (like there were no communication sources at that time other than the fixed line government allotted telephones in our homes).... full review

So-So by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...The costumes and styling too is mostly authentic.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...a film like SPECIAL 26 teaches you that you can attempt a thriller without resorting to the above-mentioned components, yet make a slick period thriller that's thoroughly engaging and charming.... full review

Thumbs up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Witty, intelligent and packed with good performances.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Great production design, with just a couple of slip ups.... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...There is no doubt this movie is based on a true story. It’s too crafty for a screenwriter’s invention. So are the folks before us on the screen.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Those ancient split-screens are back, and the background music appears to belong to the vintage Jeetendra thrillers, loud and unsparing... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...This is one movie Akshay Kumar should be proud of being a part of. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Jimmy Shergill and Manoj Bajpai as the cops are also cool, specially Manoj Bajpai whose intense eyes I would be scared to look into if I was a criminal... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Riveting & entertaining, with some great performances, this one is a winner all the way!... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ... 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... full review

Thumbs up by Malavika Velayanikal, DNA ...The cockiness of Wasim Khan contrasts perfectly with the wobbliness of Sharmaji. In that, we must say Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Sheirgill score above Akshay Kumar.... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...In Special 26 the heists themselves are thrilling and the biting comment on contemporary morality very appealing, although once again, the screenplay doesn’t care to elaborate on the gang’s modus operandi. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...But the story’s shortcomings really don’t matter because by the time the end arrives performances from Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher have charmed the pants off everyone. ... full review

So-So by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...The film recreates the universe of late ‘80s India both visually and in spirit... full review

So-So by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...There are some funny lines, despite the seriousness of it all, like “I want to do my country” and some terrible English faux pas’, which make for some light moments in the film.... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...The film’s cut-to-cut events keep the interest going and the focus on the quartet is magnified to such an extent that everything else is forgotten – even rational thought... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...Then, there are the unnecessary shots of the fraud team walking in slow motion from one place to another. All these irrelevant elements make the movie drag a bit. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...I guess, a little cinematic liberty for a movie of this brilliance is pardonable. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Akshay Kumar is superb in this film. Check him in all the raid scenes where he slips down totally inside the skin of the character... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...In places, the film gets trapped by Akshay’s superstar status — he’s the best-dressed and most heroic in the conventional sense — but mostly the ensemble cast plays seamlessly together.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...'Special Chabbis' works on account of its meaty, realistic plot and nicely fleshed out characters. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, In.com ...You won't feel entirely cheated after watching this con-mercial film.... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Special 26 is far from a satisfying thriller but is a consistently engaging. It just isn’t as smart as it wished to be.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Special 26 is a thriller that reveals a young filmmaking brain at his creative best.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...There's something greatly impudent about smart thieves impersonating a crack CBI team and making off with valuables from the homes of the rich and the corrupt... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...the love song and more particularly an item number were absolutely avoidable in this sagacious cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...Right from the opening sequences where a raid is conducted at the house of a politician to a similar, but highly effective sequence that follows in Kolkata, you know that director Neeraj Pandey is playing his game well... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutta are really good as Ranvir Singh and Shantiji but Divya barely get 3-4 lines in the movie... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Without these stock trappings of the most blatantly crowd-pleasing Bollywood potboiler, Pandey’s film would have been leaner, focused on building the suspense of the story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Much of the film’s success can be credited to an absorbing and audacious plot and its gentle sarcasm and quiet humour.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...The film has a few aberrations. However, it remains what it was meant to be – Special!... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...It has every interesting element which will just blow your mind, right from the first frame till the last frame. ... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The writing is taut for most part with little asides of humor thrown in. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chaterjee, NDTV ...Without spelling it out in so many words, the film poses the question: a quarter century on, has anything really changed? ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Jimmy Sheirgill is impressive and so are Rajesh Sharma and Kishore Kadam. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kaushik Ramesh, Planet Bollywood ...The unfolding of each scene brings with it certain unforeseeable surprises, course changing and effective. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Detailed production design is one of the finest attributes of this con caper -- old currency notes, dial phones, cordless phones, hard-shell luggage, well-researched advertising placements (featuring almost forgotten beverages like Thrill) or discontinued magazines in their revived glory (Dharmyug, Illustrated Weekly of India).... full review

So-So by Diksha Madhok, Reuters ...The show stealer is Manoj Bajpayee who plays the CBI officer chasing the impersonators... full review

Thumbs up by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...The ’80s ambience is perfectly recreated. One is not out of place, whether in a sarson da khet in Punjab, a galli in Kolkata’s burra bazaar or overlooking Mumbai’s Queen’s necklace.... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ... The pace of the film is quite slow and ends up tiring the audience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...A fairly compelling, charming and stylish heist film that slows down only because of the songs thrust into the narrative... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...With an ingeniously layered role and a brilliant act, Anupam Kher truly 'steals' the show. ... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...The movie is peppered with jokes and there are sarcastic takes on the political scenario as well as the plight of the underpaid, powerless and underutilized government officials... full review