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Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’ shares a special connection with ‘Special 26’

Neeraj Pandey is delighted as his next directorial Aiyaary hits the silver screen on 9th February as the director shares a special connection with this particular release weekend.

Neeraj’s Special 26 which went on becoming a massive success also had released in the same weekend i.e. 8th February 2013. Special 26 is a film that has been very close to Neeraj, come this 8th February, the film also marks it’s 5 year anniversary. Now, with Aiyaary releasing on 9th February Neeraj is very happy as the release date falls in the same weekend as Special 26.

Special 26 was quite an unusual film at the time of its release, it’s success also proved that audiences are up for a different kind of cinema. Moreover, Neeraj also marks his collaboration with Manoj Bajpayee in Aiyaary after the duo had successfully worked in Special 26.

Talking about the same filmmaker Neeraj Pandey shared, “After the release of A Wednesday, Naseer bhai told me that it’s not the first film but the second which is the more difficult one to make. Special 26 was just that. And five years ago when it released we were all overwhelmed by the response. It also started our association with Akshay and we cherish that journey. Most of the core team members that worked with us on that film continue to be with us and that means the world to us. Huge thanks to Bobby Singh (DOP) and Vikram Malhotra. Special 26 was a huge ensemble and so is Aiyaary. Its good to be back with an even more exciting story on the same date and we look forward to the same warmth and love from the audiences all over.”

Naseeruddin Shah hugging Neeraj Pandey
Naseeruddin Shah hugging Neeraj Pandey

The ace director who had directed MS Dhoni: The Untold Story has got back on the director’s seat for Aiyaary. Neeraj is known to be a veteran for bringing such subjects alive on screen. The film sets out to be further special as it reunites the team of A Wednesday of Neeraj Pandey, Anupam Kher, and Naseeruddin Shah after 9 years.

Neeraj Pandey who is termed the pioneer of the espionage thriller genre is all set to present Aiyaary which is set against the army background.

‘Aiyaary’ revolves around two strong-minded army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways.

Starring Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee as the mentor-protege, Aiyaary also stars Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh, Kumud Mishra, Pooja Chopra, Adil Hussain and Vikram Gokhale in pivotal roles.

Neeraj Pandey’s espionage thriller will yet again present a mind-bending story by the pioneer of the genre. ‘Aiyaary’ will showcase the ace filmmaker’s hold over the genre after films like ‘Special 26’, ‘Baby’, ‘Rustom’, ‘M.S.Dhoni’, ‘A Wednesday’.

The trailer of ‘Aiyaary’ has got everyone hooked and is adding to the excitement for the film. With all the love coming from the defense forces, Aiyaary is sure to be a treat this Republic day.

Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen) presents ‘Aiyaary’ A Neeraj Pandey Film. Produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital is slated to release on 9th February 2018.

Team ‘Aiyaary’ Sidharth Malhotra, Neeraj Pandey and Manoj Bajpayee
Team ‘Aiyaary’ Sidharth Malhotra, Neeraj Pandey and Manoj Bajpayee

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