Paisa vasool entertainer

Review of the movie ‘Commando 2’ by G9 Divya Solgama

Expectations:

The silent era was known for some of its stunts based films starring actors like Jayraj, John Cawas, Fearless Nadia and others. The talkies had their share of action based films featuring Dara Singh, Randhawa and a few more. Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man image and the super success of ‘Sholay’ established the action era, where young actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt followed by Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan and few more managed to create their own niche. The audience loved watching their loved superstar fighting with the goons. The budget of these movies was also high, due to all the technical reasons. Along with these films came a small film known as ‘Commando’, starring a newcomer Vidyut Jammwal. The makers market the movie very smartly and showcased all the real stunts performed by the debutant actor. This worked in the favour of the film and all the action film lovers, enjoyed Vidyut and his raw stunts in the movie. The success of ‘Commando’ was repeated when Tiger Shroff debuted in ‘Heropanti’ and managed to take the tag of action hero from Vidyut. After a long gap Vidyut returns back with ‘Commando 2’, which promises to give us some hardcore action scenes. So, let’s find out whether Vidyut will win back his title of the latest action hero or might end up cashing only over the past glory of the success of his film.

commondo-2-fijitimesStory:

‘Commando 2’ is a story set in the post demonetization phase in India. Vicky Chaddha (Vansh Bhardwaj) and his wife Maria (Esha Gupta) are arrested by Malaysia police. Vicky is known for managing black money accounts of top politicians and industrialist. He sources out their fund and helps them transferring back in the form of white money. Due to demonetization, a lot of fund is stuck with Vicky due to which the home minister Leela Chaudhari (Shefali Shah) forms a team consisting Inspector Bhaktawar (Freddy Daruwala), Inspector Bhavna Reddy (Adah Sharma), Zafar Hussain (Sumit Gulati) and a last moment entry Commando Karan Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal). Together, they set on the trail of Vicky Chadda and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

 Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story is fresh and different. It’s one of the first Hindi film to show the after effects of demonetization as the part of its screenplay. The movie starts with a power packed action scene where Vidyut dares to do everything he can. This one opening sequence surpasses what Tiger Shroff did in the climax of ‘Baaghi’. You can see Vidyut climbing on the pipes, jumping through small windows, sliding through the walls, flipping on the staircase and much more in this one sequence which sets the right mood and a base for an action film.  Every action sequence in this film is entertaining and totally engaging. One will enjoy the fight sequences in the boat, backyard of the airport, chase in the market followed by counter-strike type of action scene leading to the one on one fist fight in the climax. These scenes along with the Abbas-Mustan type of twist in the interval and the climax make this movie a good entertainer. On the flip side, the editing in order to keep the movie crisp is a bit jittered. The story, despite of being interesting keeps wandering in various places. The cat and mouse chase in the second half becomes repetitive and bit boring after a while. Every happening in the second half is shown in an easy manner without any conviction. The execution in few scenes is bit juvenile. The cinematography is good and does proper justice with the theme of the film. The action choreography is of top class. 

Music:

The background music goes with the flow in the film. There are no songs to dilute the impact of the film. ‘Hare Krishna Hare Ram’ in the end credits is nostalgic and enjoyable. 

Direction:

Actor turned director Deven Bhojani after trying his hand in television drama ‘Pukar’, now ventures into full fledge film direction. He highly succeeds in extracting right ingredients required for an out and out action film. All the action sequences are thrilling and some of them have never been seen in our Hindi films. He keeps the story going, but should have focused more on the screenplay of the second half, where nothing concrete is happening. The movie drags in between and should have more fight sequences in order to make it 100 percent satisfactory.

Performances:

Vidyut Jammwal does every unseen action stunt with total ease. His kicks, punches, flips and jumps will keep you awestruck. Adah Sharma manages to keep the humour quotient intact with her Hyderabadi accent and her fascination for branded goods. She is cute in her part and would have loved to see more of her this side in the film. Esha Gupta looks great and performs much better than her last terrible performance in ‘Rustom’. Vansh Bharadwaj hams to the fullest. Thakur Anoop Singh makes the finale fight total worthy. Freddy Daruwala and Adil Hussain are wasted. Shefali Shah and Satish Kaushik lend good support.

Final Verdict:

On an overall basis, the dare-devil stunts in ‘Commando 2’ makes it a decent paisa-vasool type of entertainer. It’s raw, unseen and nail-biting action in our Hindi films, which had the full potential to become an out and out masala entertainer.

Rating – 3.5/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)