Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, Freddy Daruwala, Adil Hussain, Suhail Nayyar, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shah
Besides romance, Bollywood loves action, and so do we. It is one of the most popular genres, but sadly there are very few celebrities and filmmakers who can make impress with their abilities to choreograph stunts which look real. One such duo is Vidyut Jammwal and Vipul Shah who spread the magic in 2013’s action thriller Commando. They are back again with its sequel which seems promising but fails to deliver miserably.
The movie begins with an action sequence where Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal) happily and with ease fights some security personnel and receives the information of Vicky Chadha, the mastermind behind safeguarding the money of the many corrupt Indians. On the other hand is the ministry who is desperate to show the positive results of 2016’s favourite demonetization. They, hence plan an investigation and Chaddha’s arrest. But something unexpected comes up from within, leading to the change in plan. Home minister (Shefali Shah) forms a team for Chaddha's arrest, comprising of 4 members – Bakhtawar (Freddy Daruwala) - a police officer, a corrupt cop Bhavana Reddy (Adah Sharma), a hacker – Zaffar, and a supervisor. The honest and good boy Karan makes his way and becomes a part of the team - which according to government officials will bring back all the money, eventually to be used for nation’s betterment. They set off on the mission to Taiwan and Malaysia and what follows is an unfortunate mix of amazing action and atrocious story. How do they bring Chadha back to India? What do they decode and go through to get the money? The answers to these questions make Commando 2.
To be very honest, the previous film which released a few years back had a far better, realistic storyline, cast and likability than the current release. A larger portion of the story in Commando 2 seems to be under the influence of BJP’s political propaganda of showing the efforts of Demonetization fruitful. If it has to be explained in brief, director Shah and his team seem to have scripted under the influence of our beloved ruling government.
What starts off as an amazing show with breathtaking stunts is followed throughout by a ridiculous story. The movie truly runs on Jammwal’s shoulders, for he succeeds time and again to save us from the wrath of Commando 2’s screenplay. None besides Jammwal deserve the credit for making the film worth watching. Home minister’s heroes – Bakhtavar has only one expression throughout the film, Bhavana ‘hyderabadi Hindi’ is annoying and she comes across dumb (we don’t expect that from our police officers). Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shah and Suhail Nayyar don’t have much screen time and don’t really add value to the film.
None of the good factors - impressive action scenes, a hero with an amazing personality and some good locations- act in film’s favour. Poorly written characters and story overtake the good and put the film down to a miserable failure. It is hard to take your eyes off Jammwal when he breaks the bones of the baddies. Otherwise, getting distracted from anything around you is easy.
I don’t think it is necessary, to sum up the review. But I’m forced to write I wish someone really values Jammwal. He proves his worth in this film as this man has and undoubtedly offers much more than the action. All you filmmakers please open your eyes and look around, Jammwal is promising and how!