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Akshay Kumar Gets Serious In Gritty Heist Film Special Chabbis

Fans of superstar Akshay Kumar are set for a cinematic treat as the ever popular actor moves away from his more usual comedy-action personas to portray a villainous and cunning thief, who leads a pack of “26” hardened criminals in a daring jewellery heist, which sent shockwaves across India.
Based on a true story, Akshay’s character ‘Mon Singh’ is said to be based upon real-life, notorious conman Natwarlal, who sold the Taj Mahal in a series of daring scams, before he was stopped. Special Chabbis is a cleverly scripted and observed gritty drama film, which is based on the real-life events of the infamous Mumbai daylight raid of 19th March 1987 in which an unknown conman posed as CBI officer ‘Mon Singh’ to recruit a band of 26 impostor income tax officials to carry out an audacious robbery on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai, disappearing with precious jewellery worth Lakhs.
 Akshay Kumar plays the ruthless and brilliant criminal mastermind ‘Mon Singh’ in cutting-edge director Neeraj Pandey’s much-awaited cinematic release. Pandey is best known for his thought-provoking films, such as the critically acclaimed A-Wednesday, for which he won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Time Director, and the gritty thriller Ek Chalis Ki Last Local. Special Chabbis boasts an esteemed supporting cast, which includes Manoj Bajpai (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Veer Zaara) Jimmy Shergill (My Name Is Khan), Anupam Kher (The Silver Lining Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) and relative newcomer to Hindi cinema and the only female protagonist in the film Kajal Aggarwal (Singham).
 

 Man of the moment Akshay Kumar enjoyed a tremendous 2012, with four of his films entering the much-sought after international 100 Crore club, taking a massive 400 Crores at the Indian box office alone and doing well internationally too. In addition, Akshay was the preferred choice of Neeraj Pandey to play the lead in Special Chabbis, with Pandey telling The Times of India: "We were clear he'd be the best choice. So breaking the kind of image Akshay has, as an actor, was the trigger. I'm doing 'mind action'… something I've never done before. The film shows how this guy's mind worked. "Akshay's got an ability to listen, which is a rarity. Here, people are talking all the time. He has an immense sense of discipline. Working with him is special."
Special Chabbis will release on 8th February 2013 through Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. 

Akshay Kumar Gets Serious In Gritty Heist Film Special Chabbis

Fans of superstar Akshay Kumar are set for a cinematic treat as the ever popular actor moves away from his more usual comedy-action personas to portray a villainous and cunning thief, who leads a pack of “26” hardened criminals in a daring jewellery heist, which sent shockwaves across India. Based on a true story, Akshay’s character ‘Mon Singh’ is said to be based upon real-life, notorious conman Natwarlal, who sold the Taj Mahal in a series of daring scams, before he was stopped.

Special Chabbis is a cleverly scripted and observed gritty drama film, which is based on the real-life events of the infamous Mumbai daylight raid of 19th March 1987 in which an unknown conman posed as CBI officer ‘Mon Singh’ to recruit a band of 26 impostor income tax officials to carry out an audacious robbery on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai, disappearing with precious jewellery worth Lakhs.

Akshay Kumar plays the ruthless and brilliant criminal mastermind ‘Mon Singh’ in cutting-edge director Neeraj Pandey’s much-awaited cinematic release. Pandey is best known for his thought-provoking films, such as the critically acclaimed A-Wednesday, for which he won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Time Director, and the gritty thriller Ek Chalis Ki Last Local.

Special Chabbis boasts an esteemed supporting cast, which includes Manoj Bajpai (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Veer Zaara) Jimmy Shergill (My Name Is Khan), Anupam Kher (The Silver Lining Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) and relative newcomer to Hindi cinema and the only female protagonist in the film Kajal Aggarwal (Singham).

Man of the moment Akshay Kumar enjoyed a tremendous 2012, with four of his films entering the much-sought after international 100 Crore club, taking a massive 400 Crores at the Indian box office alone and doing well internationally too. In addition, Akshay was the preferred choice of Neeraj Pandey to play the lead in Special Chabbis, with Pandey telling The Times of India: “We were clear he’d be the best choice. So breaking the kind of image Akshay has, as an actor, was the trigger. I’m doing ‘mind action’… something I’ve never done before. The film shows how this guy’s mind worked.

“Akshay’s got an ability to listen, which is a rarity. Here, people are talking all the time. He has an immense sense of discipline. Working with him is special.”

Special Chabbis will release on 8th February 2013 through Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.

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Production Notes:

Release Date: 8th February 2013
Genre Action, Crime
Producer Shital Bhatia, Kumar Mangat Pathak
Star Cast

 Akshay Kumar – Mon Singh
 Kajal Aggarwal
 Manoj Bajpayee. – CBI Officer Waseem Khan
 Anupam Kher
 Jimmy Sheirgill – Ranveer Singh

Music Director M.M. Kareem, Himesh Reshammiya
Language Hindi with English subtitles
Director Neeraj Pandey

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