Commando: A One Man Army

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Commando: A One Man Army
Commando (2013 film).jpg
Directed byDilip Ghosh
Produced byVipul Amrutlal Shah
Written byRitesh Shah
Music byMannan Shaah
Prasad Sasthe (Background score)[1]
CinematographySejal Shah
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Budget17 crore[2]
Box office21.47 crore[3]

Commando: A One Man Army[4] is a 2013 Indian action film directed by Dilip Ghosh and produced by Vipul Shah. The film features Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra and Jaideep Ahlawat as main characters. Jamwal, who is trained in the Indian martial arts of Kalaripayattu, performs his own stunts and martial arts in the film's action sequences.

The film received mixed reviews, with praise directed towards Jamwal's performance and the action sequences, but the criticism directed towards the story. It was a moderate success at the box office.[5]


Karanveer Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal) a.k.a. Karan is a commando with the Indian Army's 9 Para. During routine helicopter training their helicopter crashes on the Chinese side of the border. The lone survivor of the wreckage, Karan is captured by Chinese officials. As the crash happened on a river and wreckage of the chopper got washed away, Karan, as well as his seniors, are not able to convince the Chinese of his innocence. The Chinese feel they can use these circumstances to brand him as an Indian spy and use this political leverage to embarrass the Indian government and create an international fracas. The Indian government feels that under such politically unfavorable circumstances, the Chinese will not accept any proof of Karan having crashed during a routine training exercise so they order the Army to erase Karan's army record, identities and simply deny his existence. Due to this Karan has to suffer inhuman torture from the Chinese Army for one year in a bid to force a confession out of him.

However, as Karan still refuses to relent, he is transferred to be tried at the Chinese Military Court with the most probable and possible sentence being the death penalty. During his transfer, however, he escapes from his captors 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 accidentally bumps into a girl, Simrit (Pooja Chopra) who is escaping from Amrit Kanwal Singh (Jaideep Ahlawat) and his goons, as well as Singh's brother, an MP. Amrit Kanwal Singh or as he is better-known AK-74, is a notorious cold-blooded criminal and murderer with such strong political ties that he gets away with anything and everything illegal he does even after he murdered a Forest Official, and wants to marry Simrit for political gains as it will lend him some respectability and political leverage in the upcoming electoral campaign. Karan warns the goons to let go of her but they don't listen and bear the brunt of his pent-up anger and after losing some men they retreat. Simrit plays him to escort her out of the town by telling Karan that he has created more trouble for her and now he must escort her till she feels safe. AK waylays them on the Andheria Bridge. Finding himself outnumbered and outgunned, Karan jumps off the bridge into the fast flowing river with Simrit after kicking AK on his face. After flowing along the river for some distance, they climb to the banks and end up inside the forest. AK's power, position, and respect from ordinary people of Dilerkot is largely attributed to fear-tactics efficiently used by him. After being publicly humiliated by Karan, AK senses that this act of Karan would affect his fear among people negatively, he declares that within one day he would track him down alive and hang him in the middle of the marketplace in Dilkerkot. In the meantime, AK kills a visibly frightened onlooker who laughs at AK's failure to capture Karan on the bridge. In the forest, Karan hears Simrit's story and promises to help her. He decides to stick to the jungle route and then get out on the highway once he feels that the heat from Amrit Kanwal Singh and his henchmen has died down. AK, on the other hand, decides to pursue them inside the jungle.

Now begins a cat and mouse game between AK, his men, and Karan in the forest. Karan at first successfully overpowers AK's henchmen by taking into effect his physical strength, Guerilla warfare tactics, cunning warfare skills, training as a commando and extreme knowledge of the area's flora and fauna and had an upper hand over AK's untrained and novice men. The next morning AK hires special trackers and sets out along hunting dogs. AK spots a torn piece of Simrit's shirt. The hunting dogs thus get a scent of the duo and tracks them down. Karan misleads the dogs and crosses a river and the dogs lose them. Karan and Simrit, however, get outnumbered and Karan is shot in his stomach. AK throws Karan into a shallow river with rock beds jutting out here and there. One hour later Karan survives and after recuperating fully heads back to the town. Meanwhile, AK kills Simrit's parents and stages it as an accident and threatens Simrit to marry him. Karan fights all of AK's goons and a hired assassin sent by the Chinese. He beats up AK badly, breaks his ankle and hangs AK on the town square and surrenders to his Commander Col. Akhilesh Sinha (Darshan Jariwala) who had timely arrived to save him from the local police who are mere puppets of AK.

The movie ends with Karan finally telling Simrit his full name, and promises to return after the court-martial.



The soundtrack album of Commando was released on 28 March 2013 as digital download on popular digital music platforms, iTunes and Amazon. It contains 5 original tracks. The music is composed by Mannan Shaah with lyrics penned by Mayur Puri, while the background score has been scored by Prasad Sasthe.[6][7]

Commando – A One Man Army
Soundtrack album by
Released28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)
GenreFeature film soundtrack, Soundtrack
LabelSuper Cassettes Industries Ltd.
Mannan Shaah chronology
Commando – A One Man Army
Commando 2
Track listing
1."Lutt Jawaan"Mayur PuriDhruv Sangari4:48
2."Saawan Bairi"Mayur PuriRahat Fateh Ali Khan5:20
3."Mungda"Mayur PuriSunidhi Chauhan5:10
4."Lena Dena"Mayur PuriDaler Mehndi5:10
Total length:24:10


Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Commando garnered mixed to positive reviews from critics. At, it got an average review score of 3/5 from major sites.[8] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave Commando 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "A high-voltage action fare that's racy, pulsating and packed with some adrenaline-pumping stunts".[9] Meena Iyer of The Times of India rated it with 3.5 out of 5 star while remarking "For the first time in eons, the action scenes are totally convincing".[10] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express awarded it 3.5 out of 5,noting," That an action film should have no place for song and dance is a no-brainer. It also has a story that creaks. Minus these irritants, it would have been a pure adrenaline rush".[11] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 2 out of 5 while commenting "Despite all the bravura technical effort that has clearly been put into Commando, the end result simply isn’t compelling enough".[12] Alisha Coelho of gave the movie 2.5 stars, saying "Commando - A One Man Army is a one man show where Vidyut carries the entire weight on his shoulders."[13]


The film earned around 35.0 million (US$510,000) on its opening day.[14][15] The film raked 113 million (US$1.6 million) over its first weekend.[16] At its first week,It netted around 173 million (US$2.5 million) having decent business in single screens.[17] It finished at around 200 million (US$2.9 million) in India.

Alternate version[edit]

Nameless Media, the film's German distributor, released four limited edition mediabooks in August 2019 that contained a Full Action Version apart from the original uncut version. In this alternate cut, the songs and intermission card have been removed.[18][19]


A sequel was released on 3 March 2017.


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  10. ^ "Meena Iyer review". Meena Iyer. The times of India. Retrieved 11 April 2013.3.5/5 stars
  11. ^ "Movie Review: Commando, A One Man Army". Shubhra Gupta. Indian Express. Retrieved 12 April 2013.2.5/5 stars
  12. ^ "Movie review: Commando". Saibal Chatterjee. NDTV. Retrieved 11 April 2013.2/5 stars
  13. ^ Alisha Coelho. "Movie Review: Commando is a one man show". Retrieved 12 April 2013.2.5/5 stars
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  18. ^ "Commando - A One Man Army (Comparison: Full Action Version - Original Version)".
  19. ^ "Commando - One Man Army - Action UNCUT und Full UNCUT". Nameless Media.

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