"Akshay lends a kind of credibility to Special 26 in terms of being a huge star that he is. He brings his own stardom to the film. Having said that, he is not part of the film as a star, he reinvents himself as an actor. We worked together as a team," said Anupam Kher in an interview with me recently. Anupam also affirmed that Akshay Kumar deserves a National Award for his performance in Special 26.