Actress: Pooja Chopra
Release Date: 12th April, 2013
Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan
Cast: Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra, Jaideep Ahlawat
Director: Dilip Ghosh
Producer: Vipul Shah
Writer: Ritesh Shah
Music Director: Mannan Shaah
Singer/s: Daler Mehndi, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Dhruv Sangari
Plot: Captain Karanvir Dogra, a commando with 9 Para Commandoes of the Indian Army crashes into the Chinese side. Karan is not able to convince the Chinese of his bonafides as they don’t find any wreckage. They feel they can brand him a spy and use this excuse to embarrass the Indian Government. The Indian Government feels that under these circumstances, the Chinese will not accept any proof of Karan having crashed during a routine training so they erase Karan’s army record and simply deny his existence.
Karan escapes from the Chinese side before he can be sentenced and crosses into Himachal Pradesh at the Lepcha border and travels through Kinnaur to reach his base at Pathankot. As Karan crosses the Himachal – Punjab border, he runs into a girl, Simrit who is escaping from Amrit Kanwal Singh’s goons. Amrit Kanwal Singh (a notorious character) wants to marry Simrit for political gains as marriage will lend him some respectability. Karanvir warns the goons to let go off her but they don’t listen and bear the brunt of his pent up anger. Simrit far from being pleased tells Karan that he has created more trouble for her and now he must escort her till she feels safe. Amrit Kanwal waylays them on the Andheria Bridge. Finding himself outnumbered Karanvir jumps off the bridge with Simrit into a fast flowing river which carries them into a forest. Karanvir hears Simrit’s story and promises to help her. He decides to stick to the jungle route and then get out of it once they feel that the heat on Simrit from Amrit Kanwal Singh and his men has died down. Amrit Kanwal Singh on the other hand decides to pursue them.
Now begins a cat and mouse game between Amrit Kanwal, his men and Karan in the forest. Will Karan rise to the occasion and save Simrit and all the people living under a reign of terror unleashed by Amrit Kanwal and his men or will AK74 as Amrit Kanwal is known in the area continue to let lose his reign of terror..
Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two and a half Stars)
Star cast: Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra, Jaideep Ahlawat
Director: Dilip Ghosh
What’s Good: The brilliantly choreographed action sequences, Vidyut Jamwal, some faaru one liners and Jaideep Ahlawat’s villainous act.
What’s Bad: Debutante Pooja Chopra’s gibberish ‘bak bak’, the loose plot, the lack luster treatment to the underlying story and an unnecessary item song dashed in just for the sake of it.
Loo break: Not one, if you love action but once, maybe if you aren’t much of an action fanatic!
Watch or Not?: Commando is an out and out Vidyut Jamwal film that provides him with the platform to showcase his martial arts genius with immense aplomb and in full volumes! So its definitely worth a watch.
Right-away you are drawn into the life of a para-Commando officer Karanvir Dogra (Vidyut Jamwal) who crashes into the Chinese territory who thereby manipulates the system by convening him as an Indian spy whilst his nation disowns him and his credibility. Parallel to his misfortune is the district of Dalerkot, troubled by the local gunda AK 74 (Jaydeep Ahlawat) who is deeply in love with Simrit (Pooja Chopra), much due to the political gains and profits that he can derive out of the story’s ladylove! Simrit tries to flee and ends up meeting the escapist Karan who vows to help her in shunning away from the shackles of AK. What follows is a cat and mouse chase, a fight to the finish with a lot of game plays and grueling action scenes that packs in the right punch, much like a slice out of the Assasins Creed game-play. Amidst all this hoolaboo it is the soft and coy love brewing between the two main characters that takes a different route altogether as Karan is thrown off to death. Will Karan come back and save his ladylove from AK? Will he regain the respect he deserved but ultimately lost at the hands of the corrupted political Indian brainchild?
Commando Review: Script Analysis
Though the film is bearable, thanks to a certain Vidyut Jamwal and his exceptional stunts but Commando fails on the script front as the narrative is too loosely bound. With a not-so-gripping story and abundant lack of emotions in most portions, the script gets major thumbs down.
The dialogues come handy and create an impact. From the ‘mardaangi’ lines to the heavyweight and clichéd ‘aadmi uth jaata hai’ line revamped, Vidyut and Jaideep share the best lines from the film. While Simrit’s parents are brutally killed in an accident right in front of her eyes, she merely watches with wide eyed vision, barely evoking the emotion of pathos or loss even for once. Plus the climax where the girl power was expected to be rebuked, Pooja Chopra’s thappars fall seriously flat in a film packed with high octane action scenes and more so, because she lost everything and yet manages to giggle around! Stupid or bimbettish, whatever you may call it, indigestible is what we can say!
Commando Review: Star Performances
Commando is definitely a One Man Army, all the way. The man here in question is Vidyut Jamwal. Jamwal, who looted all hearts with full Force some one and half years ago brings back his voluminous talents to the fore, giving away one of the best action performances in this decade. From climbing roofs to walk-past-sliding-car-windows, this B-town hunk made it look like a cakewalk, Rajnikanth ishtyle, but with a lot more flourish and conviction! Clearly the new Khiladi that Bollywood has been gifted with; Vidyut manages to bamboozle the audience with every action set-piece, clearly sculpted out for him. And with that amazingly sculpted hot-bod, this action superman is here to stay. Pooja Chopra delivers an okayish performance with nothing much to highlight about as she painfully tries the echo the lines from Kareena’s Jab We Met in typical aped-Geet avatar. Expectedly, she fails miserably. Jaideep Ahlawat as the menacing AK stuns the audience with an enthralling villainous act, sans his eyeballs. And his sudden outbreak into Santa-Banta chut-kule mode adds to the hilarious content of the film, too!
Commando Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Evidently a film, tailor made for Vidyut Jamwal, Dilip Ghosh, as the director has very little to do as the film pounces more on action sequences than the dramatic scenes. Nevertheless, the plot about rescuing the girl and fleeing from the gundays in the forest (remember Koyla anyone?) falls much short, courtesy the half hearted direction and lackluster treatment by the director. Music by Manan Shah is not one to go gaga about and Amitabh Shukla’s editing is snappy as well as snazzy in portions. Sejal Shah’s beautiful cinematography infuses life and a tinge of burnished hue to the film, set in the forested areas of the Himachal-Punjab border. Yet the icing on the cake would definitely be the brilliantly choreographed and filmed death-defying action sequences and stunts performed by Vidyut Jamwal and his team, creating a jaw dropping ambience for the audience as the crowd roared with ceetees and the taalis!
Commando Review: The Last Word
Watch Commando for Vidyut Jamwal as he pours his hearts and his brains out to deliver an unmatchable action packed performance, easily establishing himself as the newest contender for the Khiladi tag! But if you aren’t an action fanatic, you might just end up disliking the film, as it does not have anything else to offer.
Commando released on 12th April, 2013.
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