Commando: A One Man Army
|Commando: A One Man Army|
|Directed by||Dilip Ghosh|
|Produced by||Vipul Shah|
|Written by||Ritesh Shah|
|Edited by||Amitabh Shukla|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||₹21.47 crore (India)|
Commando: A One Man Army is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Dilip Ghosh and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Reliance Entertainment. It is the first installment of Commando film series. The film features Vidyut Jammwal, Pooja Chopra and Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead roles. Jammwal, 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 follows Karan, an Indian commando who escapes from Chinese custody and runs into a woman named Simrit, who is being chased by a man named AK-74 and his goons. Learning that AK-74 is hellbent on forcibly marrying Simrit for political gain, Karan intervenes and protects her as they are pursued deeper into the woods where Karan uses his martial arts combat skills to fight off AK-74's henchmen.
Indian Commando Karanveer 'Karan' Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jamwal) is captured by Chinese officials when his helicopter crashes on the Chinese border during a routine training. Karan and his seniors are unable to convince the Chinese of the former's innocence. The Chinese decide to brand Karan as a spy to defame India internationally. Feeling the Chinese won't comply, the Indian government order the Indian Army to erase Karan's record, identity and deny his existence. Karan is tortured for a year by the Chinese Army but later escapes while being taken to the Chinese Military Court. He runs into a woman named Simrit (Pooja Chopra) , who is running away from a man named AK-74 (Jaideep Ahlawat) and his goons. Karan rescues her by fighting off the goons headed by AK-74's politician brother. He decides to escort Simrit out of the town for her safety but finds himself surrounded by AK-74 and his goons at a bridge. Outnumbered and outgunned, he jumps into the river along with Simrit who later explains AK-74 or Amrit Kanwal Singh wants to marry her for political gain. She reveals that AK-74 has total control over her home town, where he rules with an iron fist through fear. Karan decides to help Simrit, as he feels that the country should be fought for in the inside as well.
AK-74 uses his resources to pursue the duo into the jungle, where Karan uses his expertise in jungle warfare to fight AK-74's men. However, he is caught by AK-74, who shoots him and throws him down a cliff. He then kills Simrit's parents as a warning to her.
Karan having survived the fall, goes after AK-74. After combating AK-74's men and also an assassin sent by the Chinese, Karan defeats AK-74 and rescues Simrit. He takes the captured AK-74 to the town, where he is almost foiled by the police who are in AK-74's pocket, but is saved in time by his ex superior officer, Col Akhilesh Sinha (Darshan Jariwala). Karan proceeds to hang and kill AK-74. It is showed that despite the local legend, AK-74 actually only has one blind eye, the other being covered by contact lenses.
Karan then asks the town folk to be fearless and not be afraid of people like AK-74, who rule through fear. He surrenders himself to Col Sinha. He tells Simrit his real name and promises to be back.
- Vidyut Jamwal as Commando Karanveer 'Karan' Singh Dogra
- Pooja Chopra as Simrit Kaur
- Jaideep Ahlawat as Amrit 'AK-47' Kanwal, The main antagonist
- Jagat Rawat as MP Mahendra Pratap
- Darshan Jariwala as Colonel Akhilesh Sinha, Karan's Commanding officer
- Baljinder Kaur
- Nathalia Kaur Special appearance (Item song) in "Mungda" song
- Nathan Barris as Assassin, whom Karan has a brutal fight with at the end.
The soundtrack album of Commando was released on 28 March 2013 as a digital download on popular digital music platforms, iTunes and Amazon. It contains 5 original tracks. The music was composed by Mannan Shaah, with lyrics penned by Mayur Puri, while the background score has been scored by Prasad Sasthe.
|Commando – A One Man Army|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 March 2013|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack, Soundtrack|
|Label||Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.|
|Mannan Shaah chronology|
|1.||"Lutt Jawaan"||Mayur Puri||Dhruv Sangari||4:48|
|2.||"Saawan Bairi"||Mayur Puri||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||5:20|
|3.||"Mungda"||Mayur Puri||Sunidhi Chauhan||5:10|
|4.||"Lena Dena"||Mayur Puri||Daler Mehndi||5:10|
Upon release, Commando garnered mixed to positive reviews from critics. At Reviewbol.com, it got an average review score of 3/5 from major sites. 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". 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". 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". 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". Alisha Coelho of in.com 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."
The film earned around ₹35.0 million (US$490,000) on its opening day. The film raked ₹113 million (US$1.6 million) over its first weekend. At its first week,It netted around ₹173 million (US$2.4 million) having decent business in single screens. It finished at around ₹200 million (US$2.8 million) in India.
Nameless Media, the film's German distributor, released four limited edition media books 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.
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