The most unlikely 'Hit Jodi' of Bollywood – Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey

Neeraj Pandey is one of the most talented director/film makers in Bollywood today. All his films, starting from ‘A Wednesday’, have been critically praised. He takes a great off-beat idea and turns it into a commercial success. What’s great about a director like him is that he doesn’t compromise on his vision and originality just to shell out a box office success. In his small career as a director, the actor he has most worked with is Akshay Kumar.

 

The Most Unlikely Hit Jodi of Bollywood – Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey

 

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Thanks to Neeraj Pandey, Akshay has done some of his best work in the last few years. There was a time when it was hard to imagine Akshay in a serious, low budget, non-commercial film. He has always been the action hero or a comedy actor and been a part of big budget masala films. With Neeraj Pandey’s help he has been able to break that image. Their association started with ‘Special 26’ in 2013. And their latest film together is ‘Rustom’ where Neeraj is the producer. Below is the list of all the films the duo has collaborated on:

 

‘Special 26’ - 2013

Special 26 was the first collaboration between Akshay and Neeraj. It was also the second directorial venture of Neeraj after the highly acclaimed ‘A Wednesday’. The film is a heist crime thriller where a team of cons pose as CBI officers and execute an income tax raid on a jewellery shop in Mumbai. The film is inspired by the real life events of the 1987 Opera House heist. ‘Special 26’ did well at the box office with Rs 103 crore and was considered as one of the best films of 2013.

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The Most Unlikely Hit Jodi of Bollywood – Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey

 

‘Baby’ - 2015

Directed by Neeraj, the film is about a fictional elite task force called Baby which is formed in response to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Their main job is to find and eliminate terrorist groups who plan to attack India. Akshay Kumar’s character leads his team in one such operation. The film opened to rave reviews. Akshay’s performance and Neeraj’s direction were critically acclaimed. The film managed to do well at the box office too and collected a total of Rs 125 crore.

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The Most Unlikely Hit Jodi of Bollywood – Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey

 

‘Rustom’ – 2016

Unlike the two films above, ‘Rustom’ is only produced by Neeraj Pandey. Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, the film is based on the Nanavati murder case that shook the nation in 1959. The film released with ‘Mohenjo Daro’ on 12th August 2016 and stars Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta in the lead roles. Akshay’s performance in particular has been praised. ‘Rustom’ is going strong at the box office with Rs 82.28 crore* (till date).

 

 

The Most Unlikely Hit Jodi of Bollywood – Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey

 

‘Crack’ - 2017

Neeraj Pandey will once again direct Akshay Kumar in this just announced film which will release on Independence Day in 2017. As a special treat to his fans this Independence Day, Akshay tweeted the poster of this upcoming project. Given their past history, we are sure ‘Crack’ too is going to be cracking!

 

 

 

 

Do you think ‘Crack’ is going to be as good as the other films of Neeraj and Akshay together? Are you excited for the film? Do let us know.

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