Sunday, February 10, 2013


Neeraj Pandey

Neeraj Pandey

Akshay Kumar 
Anupam Kher
Manoj Bajpayee and others

Special Chabbis is a deliciously taunt thriller. Aided by a more than able cast this movie is extremely engaging. Brilliantly directed this movie is director-writer Neeraj Pandey's second movie (his follow up to the sensational A Wednesday). The story involves a gang of four con men who pretend to be CBI and IT agents and conduct raids. As they target people with truckloads of black money they are never reported and therefore never caught till the "real" CBI decides to investigate.

As proven by his earlier film, he is more than capable of pulling of a tense thriller, but unlike A Wednesday this movie suffers from one flaw, namely Kajal Agarwal. I am sure that even she does not know as to what her role in the movie is and is therefore delivers a confused and uninspired performance. Pandey could have trimmed the movie by fifteen minutes just by doing away with her character.

Kajal Agarwal aside the movie is perfect and the humour infused into tense scenes works in favour of this movie. The dialogue writing is sharp and the characters are well drawn out. Anupam Kher is truly memorable as Sharma, a con man who is quintessentially a nervous train wreck in real life. Manoj Bajpayee has a perpetual scorn etched to his face and Akshay Kumar delivers a good performance. At the end, after mixing all these ingredients, we have a movie which makes us root for the bad guys in their battle of wits against the good.

Pranit’s Rating: 7.5/10