Neeraj Pandey's "Special 26" boosted Akshay Kumar's acting credibility, revealing him as more than just a handsome face. They're both ready for a part two now.
According to Catch News, a team of writers is working on the script, researching cons pulled in the past six decades. The idea of the sequel is to, yet again, "fictionalise" a true story.
"Special 26" was a certified hit: The audience heaped praise on Akshay for having taken a short detour from his usual song-dance-action routine in films. The reaction was mostly positive and the numbers at the box-office were impressive.
Neeraj, talking to Bollywood Hungama (roughly three years ago), had said the film was left open-ended, which meant a room for a sequel was definitely there. "I've left the ending open. We saw Akshay's character leave the country with his girl. It would now be interesting to see what happens to him and his colleagues. Let's see," he had said.
The sequel is an idea but to convert it into something substantial the makers would need the superstar's dates. He is neck-deep in work and in all probabilities will not have time to spare until next year.
Akshay has been working with Rajinikanth, filming high-octane action sequences for "2.0" ("Robot 2"), after which he has Tinu Desai's "Rustom" to finish off. Sajid-Farhad's "Housefull 3" is ready for a June 3 release, which means he'll have to keep himself available for its promotions, starting April.
"Holiday 2," "Namastey England" and "Oh My God 2" are films that haven't rolled yet. Akshay is yet to take a call on "Awara Paagal Deewana 2."