Year 2013 so far: movies I enjoyed – Kai Po Che, Special 26

I usually watch movies comfortably at home, using DVDs. But I venture out to halls sometimes, and this year I’ve seen two movies in cine multiplexes. Luckily I enjoyed both: Kai Po Che! and Special 26. I even bought the DVD of Special 26 so that I could see it again and again 🙂

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Special 26(Wikipedia page here).
Actors: Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill.

Special 26 is a movie about a heist, inspired by a real-life heist on March 19, 1987 at Opera House, Mumbai. The movie is packed with stars. It has received very good reviews.

I found the movie scripted very well, and the acting superb, and, but for a marriage/ song section that I found slow, the pacing was also great. Which is why, when I realized the movie was available as a DVD, I bought it and saw it again. I enjoyed it even more the second time around–there’s fun in seeing a heist movie again, anticipating and chuckling at the twists and turns of the plot.

Check out Special 26 at

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Kai Po Che (Wikipedia page here): This is a movie of friendship set in a turbulent era of Guajarat, and has received very good reviews in India but mediocre ones outside India. It is supposed to be based on a Chetan Bhagat book I have not read (The Three Mistakes of my Life), and apparently the movie is much clearer than the book.
Having read Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone and seen Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, I am more than ready to believe that Bhagat’s books are better as movies than as books :).

I found the movie clear and touching and the acting very good, and remained engrossed right till the end, and walked out of the movie hall in a slight daze.

Check out Kai Po Che at

And the book I have not read yet (and may never read, having seen the movie): Chetan Bhagat’s The 3 Mistakes of My Life (at