Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Commando: For diehard action fans
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An Indian Army officer crashes his helicopter into Chinese territory and is subjected to third degree torture. But Karanvir Dogra aka Commando doesn’t let slip any secrets.
A year later, Karanvir is shown hale and hearty, crisp linen shirt in place and still refusing to admit he’s an Indian spy. The Chinese decide to try him in a court of law and escort our hero in an open jeep with just two guards for company on a lonely mountain road. Easy to guess what happens next.
Karanvir escapes, and turns up in a small town in Punjab, where he rescues a girl from the clutches of a gang. Their leader AK 74 (Jaideep Ahlawat), who is also into politics, has creepy eyes and a maniacal laugh. The damsel in distress is Simrit (Pooja Chopra) who follows Karanvir like a lost puppy and enters a remote forest without asking any questions.
AK 74 chases the duo with a swarm of sniffer dogs, forest officials and gun-toting musclemen, but little do they know our hero and heroine have ceased to care. Instead, they are busy imagining themselves in fancy designer togs, dancing in arid deserts and falling in love.
Chopra is shrill and irritating but Vidyut Jamwal as Karanvir is surprisingly effective with his brooding silence. He’s a good choice for the lead role in Dilip Ghosh‘s “Commando”, pulling off the action sequences with panache.
In his role as the tyrannical and egomaniacal villain, Jaideep Ahlawat is chilling – and is likely to give you the creeps. The action sequences are executed well.
Watch “Commando” only if you like action films and are a diehard fan of the genre.