'I came to Mumbai with an ambition and I succeeded in it three years ago. I became the action hero of the country. Ab aur kya maango yaar? Now, I just need to keep working and everything is a brownie point. I am happy," quips Vidyut Jammwal. The actor exudes self-confidence which gets your attention drawn to him like a bee.
He gives you ample of heart-in-the-mouth moments when he
performs the breath-taking stunts on the silver screen. But in real
life, the actor admits that he doesn't watch action films anymore.
Instead he confesses that he enjoys romantic flicks more and would
love to dabble with comedy.
We recently settled in with a quick chat with the handsome hunk
prior to the release of the upcoming film Commando 2.
Excerpts from the interview...
'You Cannot Compare My Character In Commando 2 To Jason Bourne Or James Bond'
You should be inspired by the best; that's the new identity. A
James Bond cannot do what I can do, and that's the newness in my
movie. My character can do everything that a superhero can. If you
make a war movie, it will about war between two countries or war
against terrorism. If you make an action movie, the guy will have a
mission; you can't compare him to Jason Bourne or James
'What Jackie Chan Can Do, I Can Do It Better'
Jackie Chan is 5 feet, 5 inches tall; and my physique is
entirely different; so why the comparison? Though I idolize him;
what Jackie Chan can do, I can do it better. I am creating a
benchmark in action. With Commando, we signed a contract, that when
we hit a person, we actually hit them. The fighters signed a
contract. There were no extra effects added. That is something even
James Bond doesn't do. What you see on onscreen, is the real deal.
There is a scene where I climb three floors; that was sequence was
an dream for me to do and it will change the way Indian action
is seen worldwide. That was one of the difficult ones.
'Nepotism Is So Rampant In The Film Industry That You Can't Choose'
At this stage in my life, the most important thing is to find
someone who believes in me. For people like me, who are not a part
of the film industry, it's very difficult. Nepotism is rampant
that you can't choose. So the first thing is to meet someone
who believes in me, and then I move on to the script. And if
I instinctively feel that the script is good, I go ahead with
'There Is A Great Responsibilty On My Shoulders When I Meet People Who Say They Have Been Inspired By Me'
There is no pressure on me about Commando 2 being compared with
its prequel. Instead there is a great responsibility on my
shoulders when I meet people who say they have been inspired by me.
Now, I need to do stuff which they will like more. We had created a
benchmark in action with Commando. With Commando 2, the
responsibilty was to do something which blows off their mind
'If People Think I Am Excellent In Action And Stereotype Me, I Am Very Proud Of It'
Michael Jackson was stereotyped as the ‘king of pop'; now was
that a good thing or a bad thing? If they think I am excellent in
action, and stereotype me; I am very proud of it. Coming
back to trying different genres, I have done a film with Tigmanshu
Dhulia titled Yaara; it has great action and lots of drama. So, as
an actor, you need to try new things, but you need to stick to the
'I Don't Understand Box Office Numbers At This Stage Of My Life'
At this stage of my life, I don't understand box office numbers.
It's my producer and director's stress and not mine. I was supposed
to do great action and I did that. Now, if it becomes a hit or not,
it's not in my hands.
'If Somebody Is Not Good At Something That Doesn't Mean They Won't Be Good Forever; I Am A Result Of That'
I believe in constructive criticism. But there are different
ways of doing it. You have to encourage people. If somebody is not
good at something that doesn't mean they won't be good forever. I
am a result of that. What I do today, I couldn't do as well ten
years back. But people have helped me and said good things about
'I Am Glad I Am Not A Film Star's Son Or A Producer's Son'
I am glad that I am not a film star's son, or a producer's son;
because the kind of genetics I have, no one else does. No one has
the kind of abilities I have. My parents didn't produce a film
for me, but they produced great genetics. When you are not from the
industry, you only get one small chance; and then you have to make
sure you utilize and make the most of it. So, I am not scared of
anything, I will break into it and make sure I become what I want