To be sure, a star is born in Commando. We saw Vidyut completely upstage John Abraham in the hand-to-hand heart-in-mouth fight scenes in Force. Now, Vidyut proves himself a maestro of unequalled sinewy skills, gliding rather than fighting, pre-empting the adversary's moves almost like a chess game.
With tongue firmly in shriek mode, Vidyut in one of the early
stunts scenes of the film rips open a poster of Force and
attacks the baddies. The action never stops. And the song breaks,
especially an item song in the second-half by Nathalia Kaur, are
unwelcome speed breakers.
We really don't want to see Vidyut romance the pretty Punjabi
damsel in distress played by Pooja Chopra who seems a tad too
well-groomed for the rigours of the jungle.
Not that we care. We just want to see Vidyut take on the bad
guys, full-force. And boy, does Vidyut deliver!
Admaker-turned-feature film director Dilip Ghosh keeps the plot
wisely simple ramrod-straight and to the point.
Apart from those utterly annoying song breaks, there are no
digressions from the dynamics of instant score-settling. It's a
straight one-to-one fight-to-finish between the silently simmering
Commando and a satanic goon from a small-town in Punjab with no
eyeballs and apparently no balls either, who believes the power of
the gun and the strength of Santa-Banta SMS jokes can be
co-ordinated in one range of activity.
Jaideep Ahlawat, last seen giving a riveting performance in
Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroop, gives to the goon's part a
wacky spin. The man is half-devil half-imbecile. The goon makes
Simrit (Pooja) an offer - either a suhaag-raat with him after the
wedding, or a 'suhaag raat' with him and all his battle-stained
cronies right away? Hmmm?
Is it any wonder that the pretty spunky Punjabi lass makes a run
for the jungles rather than accept the goon's marriage proposal.
Predictably, Simrit runs into the banished army-man, our
commando-hero, who seems to have seen the collected Rambo
series back-to-back at least eight-10 times.
The first time Vidyut plays the saviour at a bus stand, we know
he means business. He is not just a one-man army, he is also the
Indian army's favourite bete noire. Despite the heavy burden of
playing protector to country and the leading lady, Vidyut's fights
manage to bring in a lot of warmth and some humour in their
The narration is an unabashed homage to Sylvester Stallone's
jungle-survival saga. And yet, thanks to Vidyut's powerful screen
presence the combat between the commando-hero and the goons never
slackens in pace. The physical combats, which are undoubtedly the
crux of the theme, propel the plot forward in leaps of inspired
Happily for Vidyut, his opponents are not shown to be
ineffectual jokers. The back-and-forth of fists and rhetoric are
uniformly engaging. Though we know exactly where the protagonist's
one-man battle against his enemies is heading, we never lose
interest in the plot.
The film is shot on some interesting locations. The backwaters
of Punjab and the thick jungles serve as just the right ambience
for the rugged actioner.
Vidyut takes care of the rest. His action definitely speaks
louder than his words.
Sejal Shah's cinematography and Ritesh Shah's dialogues
constantly add to Vidyut's fist-power, imbuing his combat to the
finish with some unexpected flourishes of serious socio-political
comment towards the end when we are told we need to clean up our
act if we want to protect the country from external
It's a one-man-show off all the way. Pooja shows flashes of
talent when she isn't busy brazenly aping Kareena Kapoor's
voluble-Punjabi act from Jab We Met.
Not her fault. If the hero is a silent seething ball of
implosive fire, and the heroine is a talkative Punjabi girl who
runs away from home to escape an unwanted marriage, 'phir toh boss
Jab We Met banta hai'.
To its credit Commando creates a climate of clenched
conflict for the hero to vent his voluminous talent as a martial
Indeed, a star is born. IANS
Cast: Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra and Jaideep
Director: Dilip Ghosh