Following is not essentially a review but more of what I feel about action movies with Commando being the case in point.
Speaking strictly from a business perspective, wouldn’t it make more sense if there were more movies that catered to the vast male population who are hungry of some quality action cinema?
The Box office verdict of a movie like Commando does not contradict or negate my aforementioned question. Commando is just a first in the line (hopefully) of some others to follow. A small budget action movie centered on a hugely talented Vidyut Jamwal and his breathtaking stunts, Commando serves exactly what has been missing from the Hindi movie Action scene.
Have you ever wondered why Die Hard is such a celebrated and loved movie all around the world? So much so, that when every other year, a new Die Hard movie comes to screen, people do think about giving the first one a watch again-just because of the sheer mention of the title!! It’s because, Die Hard shows what most action lovers want to see in a movie- “Believable Action” In the fight of one vs. many, you can’t win based on your muscles or your heavenly presence; you can only win because of your skills and your intelligence. Die Hard showed that and so does Commando.
Vidyut doesn’t act like a Super Hero- He acts- or should I say lives the character of a commando on screen. He is not eager to show off his skills and only uses them when required the max. Regarding the action and choreography- It’s the best action movie since Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi which in itself was a massive step forward from India’s then action scene. Commando lacks a substantial story and that’s where it doesn’t end up as a great movie. Its brilliant if and only if its action is considered – not so much when viewed on the whole.
After Watching Commando and being in awe of Vidyut Jamwal’s capabilities, I happened to catch 7aum Arivu- A Tamil movie based on Bodhidharma- the man who taught china- Martial Arts. While the concept of this movie was good, they couldn’t implement the action scenes and the dedication this movie required. Someone like Vidyut Jamwal and Akshay Kumar would have rocked the party here. It is so important that a hardcore concept based action movie features an actor who loves action. That’s where the likes of Vidyut and Akshay would succeed. There are so many local and regional concepts to be explored. In a country that still has tribal population (Andaman, Lakshadweep etc) and Banjaras who tame snakes and Lions, a considerable study could result in brilliant material for indigenous action movies- something that won’t be leaning on Camera work or invisible ropes but real people doing real action. If China can come up with Crouching tiger hidden Dragon, just imagine the potential for such movies in India.
There is a great misconception that people don’t want to watch such cinema; that they only like masala or melodrama or 5 songs with some comedy- It’s an excuse by the filmmakers to not be creative and keep serving the same lame dish again and again. If you would keep serving the same years after years and then once in a while throw in a KKK or commando- of course you won’t find many takers right away, because they have been groomed and fed on masala. Give them variety and give them that in quantity and you’ll see a big section of audience taking interest. China may be rich but its people are not and still they make a CTHD hit. It’s all about serving your audience well to get their love.
Commando is an average film with good to great action. Since Akshay kumar, Vidyut Jamwal is the most talented action hero. Great Job. Even though it’s an average film still, it’s a must watch.Tags: Articles Commando Exclusive Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Member Reviews Reviews Vidyut Jamwal