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Vidyut Jammwal
Jammwal ramp walking for a fashion show in 2012
Jammwal in 2012
Born (1980-12-10) 10 December 1980 (age 40)
OccupationActor, martial artist
Years active2011 – Present

Vidyut Jammwal (born 10 December 1980)[1][2] is an Indian film actor and stunt performer, who predominantly works in Hindi-language films. Best known for his roles in action films like Commando series, he is a trained martial artist[3] who studied the art of kalaripayattu since the age of three.[4]

Early life[edit]

Jammwal was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.[5] He is one of three children born to an Army officer, and lived in various parts of India (owing to his father's transferable job)[6] and trained in Kalaripayattu in an ashram in Palakkad, Kerala since he was three years old, which was run by his mother.[7] He traveled to many countries training with martial artists in various forms, some of which find their base in Kalaripayattu.[7] After earning a degree in martial arts, Jammwal travelled to over 25 countries, where he performed in live action shows.[8] He participated as a contestant in Gladrags in the year 2000 and has been living in Mumbai ever since. He was a model in Delhi since 1996, but after a dismal career in modelling, landed his debut role in Sakthi, a Telugu film. He later landed his first role in a Bollywood movie in Nishikant Kamat's Force after one audition.

Career[edit]

Jammwal made his Bollywood debut with the John Abraham starrer 2011 film Force, a remake of the Tamil-language film Kaakha Kaakha.[9] He played a negative role in the film and won multiple best debut awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Post beginning his career with a negative character in Force, Jammwal bagged multiple negative roles in various action films later.

2011 witnessed Jammwal featuring in negative roles in the Telugu-language films Shakti and Oosaravelli, both starring NTR.[10] In 2012, Jammwal made his debut in Tamil cinema with Billa II, as the antagonist opposite Ajith Kumar which earned him critical appreciation.[11] The same year, he played the antagonist in Thuppakki opposite actor Vijay, which became a blockbuster.[12] He also received a SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for the film.

His next Hindi-language film Commando saw him playing the protagonist and performing real-world combat-based action without the aid of stuntmen. The film was showcased internationally for the first time in July 2013 at the Fantasia Film Fest in Montreal,[13][14] followed by a screening at the Fantastic Fest[15][16][17] in Texas in September 2013. He received positive feedback from international media[18] and action directors, calling him India's answer to Bruce Lee and Tony Jaa.[19] After the success of Commando, he played a sharpshooter cop in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullett Raja. In 2014, he played a supporting positive role in the Tamil-language film Anjaan, alongside Suriya. In 2017, he starred in Commando 2, the sequel to Commando, which became a box office success. Baadshaho was his next release that year in which he played Army Officer Major Seher Singh, the movie did average business worldwide.

In 2019, Jammwal starred in American director Chuck Russell's first Bollywood film Junglee and Commando 3. The latter saw him returning to the Commando series and became the most successful film in the franchise.[20] His upcoming projects include Tigmanshu Dhulia's Yaara, an official remake of the French film Les Lyonnais.[21][22] Yaara was one of three films Vidyut signed for – the other two being large format films by director Ram Madhvani, creating an aura similar to the Hollywood flick 300.[23] In 2020, he appeared in an action thriller Khuda Haafiz which was inspired from real life events. The movie became his biggest opener ever[24] and its sequel Khuda Haafiz Chapter II was announced with same leads.[25]

He has also been part of a number of popular lists, including Most Desirable,[26][27][28] Fittest men with Best Bodies,[29][30] and Sexiest Men Alive.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Jammwal kicked off an initiative to teach self-defense techniques to college-going girls and working professionals.[32][33][34] He hosted a camp at a college festival in Mumbai in 2014.[35]

Jammwal is a vegan. In a 2018 PETA campaign for India’s National Nutrition Week, the actor showed off his muscular physique alongside the words "Kick the meat habit. Go vegan." [36] He, along with Kangana Ranaut were adjudged as PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013.[37]

His workout regime combines martial arts training with various other elements of cardiovascular, weight and interval training.[38] More recently, Jammwal has adopted and added Anti Gravity Yoga and Suspension TRX to his intense workout regime.[39] Jammwal is a rock climber.[40][41]

Jammwal visited the Shaolin Temple in China in 2013.[42] His visit was meant to honour Bodhidharma, an Indian Buddhist monk who is credited with teaching Indian combat forms and exercises to China, from which kung fu was then born.[43] Jammwal is also believed to have spent a week taking part in martial arts training at the temple.[44]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Note
2011 Sakthi Wasim Telugu
Force Vishnu Hindi
Oosaravelli Irfan Bhai Telugu
Stanley Ka Dabba Rosy Miss's Fiancee Hindi
2012 Billa II Dimitri Tamil
Thuppakki Leader of Sleeper Cells
2013 Bullett Raja ACP Arun Singh "Munna" Hindi
Commando Captain Karan Singh Dogra Hindi
2014 Anjaan Chandru Tamil
2017 Baadshaho Major Seher Singh Hindi
Commando 2 Captain Karan Singh Dogra
2019 Junglee Raj
Commando 3 Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra
2020 Yaara Phagun Gadoriya / Paramveer ZEE5 film
Khuda Haafiz Sameer Chaudhary Hotstar film
2021 The Power Devi Das Thakur [45]

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Language
2013 CID[46] Commando Hindi
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster[47] Host/presenter Hindi
English

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Singer Co-actress
2016 "Tumhe Dillagi" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Huma Qureshi
"Gal Ban Gayi" Neha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Meet Bros, Sukhbir Urvashi Rautela

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Film Language Result Ref
2019 Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Choreographer Junglee Hindi Won
2014 Zee Cine Awards Umeed Ka Naya Chehra - Male Commando Hindi Won [48]
2013 SIIMA Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Thuppakki Tamil Won [49][50]
2012 Stardust Awards Breakthrough Performance Male Force Hindi Won [51]
FICCI Frames Awards Best Debut Male Won [52]
Filmfare Awards Best Debut Male Won
IIFA Award Star Debut of the Year – Male Won

Titles[edit]

  • 2020 - Recently in the month of April, he was listed in the "10 people you don't want to mess with" by popular YouTube channel TheRichest[53]
  • 2018 – Vidyut Jammwal declared among the top 6 martial artists around the world[54]
  • 2014 – PETA's Hottest Vegetarian[55][56]
  • 2013 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India/Zoom[28]
  • 2013 – Prominently featured on the List of Chennai's Most Desirable Men by The Times of India[57]
  • 2012 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India123/Zoom[58]
  • 2012 – Prominently featured on the List of Chennai's Most Desirable Men by The Times of India[59]
  • 2012 - Prominently featured on the List of Sexiest Men Alive by People Magazine India[60]
  • 2012 – On the list of Top 5 Fittest Men by Men's Health magazine India[61]
  • 2011 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India/Zoom[27]
  • 2011 – Prominently featured on the List of Best Bodies by Men's Health magazine India[61]

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