gone on to attain classic status as India’s premiere con film (be it Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, or Tollywood). Furthermore, the film cemented Neeraj Pandey’s status as one of Hindi cinema’s best Directors (proving that A Wednesday was no flash in the pan), forged a brilliant working equation between him and Akshay Kumar, and helped Akshay reinvent himself as an actor in serious and gritty films (he was mostly known for comedy and masala films to that point).
However, given the way the film ended, the last thing anyone would think about is a possibility of a sequel, which is why whenever the media meets Pandey, any questions about a sequel pertain to his other classic, Baby – an idea the Director has been toying with for a while. But it now seems that the Baby sequel will be taking a backseat in favor of a sequel to Special 26, which no would have thought possible, but which Pandey himself believes he can crack. And if a Director of his caliber is convinced that he could come up with a sequel to Special 26, then whom are we to debate.
In fact, the filmmaker has already registered not one, not two, but four titles for the sequel – Special 2019, Special 2020, Special 2021, and Special 2022 – indicating that the film may be titled after the year on which it releases. Word is that scripting on the project has already begun, though it’s unconfirmed at this point if Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta, and Kajal Aggarwal will be reprising their roles from the first film.
A sequel to Special 26 – we’re already hooked at what Neeraj Pandey has in store for us. Bring it on, we say.
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