Movie Review: Commando 2 (2017)

Are you kidding me ?? This was a WASTE !

Waste of time and money and resources. I’ll leave the story-line for later, lets begin with the star attraction of this entire movie – Vidyut Jamwal. If you are wondering why I began the review with “Are you kidding me ??” this is the answer – Vidyut Jamwal.

I’ve a high consumption rate of action, especially martial arts, based movies. The guy who WOW-ed me in Commando and the guy whose action scenes I’d been hungrily following on YouTube (be it South Indian movies or bit-roles in mainstream Bollywood) where’d he go ? Holiday was a trash copy of Thupakki. I’m still wondering why he didn’t reprise his role or if a certain Mr. Akshay Kumar had a say in the matter? Or has Vidyut Jamwal lost his appetite and hunger to provide great entertainment? Between exploding onto the consciousness (2013) and now (2017), exactly what has been going on? He’s done 2 music videos in 2016, still teasing & whetting a greedy action junkie’s appetite. And what do we get for the wait ? We are handed Commando 2. Yawn, yawn and more yawn and one more for a good measure. Seriously, are you kidding me ?? Man, Tiger Shroff has done better in this gap with action.

The main theme appeared to be action. His introduction was okay, even if it tried to ape the Indonesian movie – The Raid (2011). I’ll give him a break on that, even though a similar copy-cat act worked for Tiger Shroff in Baaghi. His next action scene comes up after “the plot has been established”. You will be excused for puking on it. From hereon a classic Hindi slang is applicable – Zabardasti thoosna (Forcibly stuffing). His partners either turn on him or die. Zabardasti thoosna # 1. The cat-n-mouse at Terminal 21. Zabardasti thoosna # 2.

Then, the third action sequence when he’s pursuing his target in the ‘airfield-junkyard’ (?). Really? Do airports have that kind of a waste area, a potential disaster zone. This was legal grounds for Thai officials to launch a lawsuit for misrepresentation. Or are their airfields really so dirty and hazardous?. Ok FTS, let’s consider the action. For once, I was tricked (positively). I thought the intervening hood was a ninja, but he was a bit different. Even the action was a bit different. I liked the props used in the first half of this third fight and even the stunt work. Point goes to the entire team. But it had a chink in the armour. Ada Sharma. No fault of hers. She’s done the most decent job, in a movie parading some potential heavyweights like Shefali Shah and Adil Hussein. On the latter, he’s going off on a path similar to Naseeruddin Shah (only hope he doesn’t start giving media-bytes like Mr. Shah). And of course, he is not only wasted, his role is less than Amitabh Bachchan’s in The Great Gatsby, who had a slightly longer screen time (I call both occurences tragic, given the actors in question).

{Naseerudin Shah does well in properly etched characters and uplifts a movie and walks away with praise and one soon sees him in a masala commercial flick, which has been steadiy digressing from good to okay to puke-able. That’s for another day.}

Right, back to Commando 2 and the second half of the third fight sequence. Ada Sharma is swinging a chain like a bimbette. When the main set of threatening hoods is done with by Vidyut (Zabardasti thoosna # 3), local hoods emerge. Oh Deven Bhojani, Deven Bhojani… tsk,tsk,tsk. Terminal 21 is supposed to be an international airport. First you give the audience a sci-fi airfield (junkyard, was it?), then super-henchies (and they supposedly just evaded ‘tight airport security’, right?) and these second set of hoods? Were they, like, in a queue behind the super-henchmen who evaded the airport security and they too evasively meandered in. Clap. Clap. Clap. And take one more, if that’s what you wanted Deven, CLAP! We’ll get back to Deven shortly. So Ada Sharma and Commando are surrounded now, both should’ve taken on the second set of hoods as a team right? Well they did. However, the director thought it was a good idea to let Vidyut Jamwal hog the limelight. Ada did beat 2 guys (?), but was more like an extra in that scene. Surely Deven, you could’ve given her atleast 30seconds of good dedicated action time to showcase her skills, or were there other factors to consider? Again, comparing it to Baaghi; Dainty Shraddha Kapoor did a great job with her stunts and her Baaghi director should be thanked for trusting in her. Deven Bhojani absolutely shows no faith Ada Sharma. Zabardasti thoosna # 4. And Commando Karan Dogra? Ho ho ho, feather touch eskrima moves. Was Chi flowing through that the hoods fell as if on full impact? QUESTIONABLE and UNCONVINCING !! I’m sure plenty of people put in a lot of hard work, but the stunts came-off awfully. Commando was just touching them and they were going down Zabardasti thoosna # 5. IMO, Sunny Deol does it better, i.e. acting out the aggression. That’s what was required. That’s what we expect from a good action star (am forced to relegate Vidyut to a wannabe after this), act out the aggro, dude!

Anyways, moving on. Commando puts on his thinking hat (really wish I could get a hold of the script writer! Grrr) and tracks down the first clue/target. It’s a cook, who’s found hasta-la-vista-babied. Dead (Zabardasti thoosna # 6). They find a second clue and hilariously decipher it using ‘ a hi-tech forensic lab’ (Lol + Zabardasti thoosna # 7). Jamwal and Ada Sharma then pursue a new target. Here, again, I find an innovative concept which I shan’t give away, except that it contained a scene ‘inspired’ from James Bond’s Spectre. But the execution of scenes which followed were literally executions of the scenes. This is followed by another face-off and another death. Boo-effing-hoo. Zabardasti thoosna # 8. The baddies scoot-off with a valuable item post this face-off (if it was one?).

Next was the BIGGEST Zabardasti KA thoosna. Zabardasti thoosna # 9. A shell game. It’s was shabbily done. This appears to be a conscious effort on the part of Deven Bhojani. The only other thing could be Vipul Amrutlal Shah having ‘suggested’ inputs. Tony Jaa’s free running from Ong-Bak gets copied, yet again! It’s been done to death! Honestly.

And then we come to the lame-a** climax. Here, if I were to compare the two climax fight scenes of Commando 1 & 2, the former wins hands-down by a looong shot. In fact the second one was a farce of a fight. It further makes me think if Vidyut Jamwal was even required for this movie ? Thumbs down fellows (the production team). No thought(s) visible. Post the fight a piecing together followed. Half-a-hope lit up.

A few things are puzzling. The movie being in production for long, how did it incorporate Nov 8th’s demonitization so specifically? Then 2 more questions. When the airport fight takes place, how does it take the baddies sooo long to escape. Did their CCD order take time? A final puzzle, how slow is the internet speed for downloads in Thailand? That too for a gazillionaire scamster?

Now for the acting and story-line. Ada Sharma despite the mediocrity of her role stands out this hashed-up worse-than-street-food offering. She was the highlight IMO. Vidyut Jamwal was making an effort and it showed.

Story-line? Are you kidding me ?? The idea was good. Direction was … well better left unsaid.. I’ll just say very politely it was testing. How does Deven Bhojani even get to direct Commando 2? He’s a veteran TV actor. Yes, he was awarded for Sarabbhai Vs Sarabhai. But look at the genre history he’s associated with – Comedy and non-action based stuff.

And he’s just been associated with very few mainstream Bollywood commercial movies. Even in those what was his role? He must’ve come closest to witnessing the concept of action in Andaz (1994)’s climax and Agneepath (2012), much less being involved. And that qualifies him to direct Commando 2 ?? Are you kidding me ??

So unless you’re a die hard Vidyut Jamwal fan (like yours truly), don’t watch it. It’s a ‘waste of a lot of things’ theory marrys ‘how pathetically a brain can work’.


A Warm Hello to All

A warm hello to everybody 🙂 !!

It’s wonderful to be back. I have missed being here. I regret my absence for the last few months. You may observe some minor changes. I wish to inform everyone that my earlier url is now changed to Still working on tweaking a few things, but rest assured I’m going to be visible more regularly. Lets look forward to resuming where we left off. Stronger than ever.

On a personal note, I wish to express my deepest appreciation to all who dropped in during the last few months. It was really moving to see people still visiting. I’ll be very happy to address any queries any one has(should there be any).

Love and Peace to all 🙂


A reply dated 8.5.2015.

Hi to both Christian and Roweeee,

This is a reply to a  reply on Christian Mihai’s post ‘Too far apart’ dated 12/5/2014 by Roweeee.

There are two sides of a coin. And both are true. @Christian – there is hope 🙂 . @Roweeee – the hope needs a lot of nourishment, which in my humble opinion needs to be at the core of every community.

A common debate with friends at home, is that how much are we willing to invest of ‘ourselves’ into it? With a galaxy of pain and misery that trots on earth, expedited frequently by media, a little step can still be taken by anyone. I’m yet to see/hear about a good deed going viral. If one is able to just overtake the blocks of ego and jealously and take pride in any honest individual effort, it could just start something new. A person with limited exposure develops a useful tool/machine, which helps many.. that kind of news/info/update needs to be shared and endorsed.

The tragedy of cricketer Phil Hughes did showcase a wonderful strength that is not lost within a community. We do not leave our own behind. This example needs to be multiplied, not only during a tragedy, but also and much more during the varied periods of turbulence. It is easy to allow negativity an abode within our being. It is difficult to build and sustain a positive disposition in the face of such at-home negativity. As is famously said, “Rome was not built in a day.” When tolerance replaces pride, our individual Romes will come home.

How difficult is it to take that one precious moment to thank a good turn however insignificant, to admit a mistake no matter how negligible, to defend what feels right to one’s heart however fearsome/intimidating the consequences may seem. How difficult? It’ll take the same preparation as applying for a new job. 🙂

Is it too hard to give a minute or two to reveal our goodness. One sees a withering plant, which could do with a bit of care. Walk over, water the plant, talk to it. Why won’t it improve? You see an empty beer-can/ gum wrapper that you did not throw. How and why should it demean you to just pick it up and put it in the bin?  The other person’s mess has become yours as soon as you’re conscious of it. We become equally guilty when we choose inaction. Make an attempt. Don’t worry about the results. You probably won’t see any the first time. Maybe not even the next hundred times. But I believe in this age of the virtual eye, someone will see and take note. Don’t do it for recognition or reward. Do the right thing because it’s right. Do. Maybe that’s what drives the commercial ad-world. They don’t stop or give up. They continue, believing that their efforts ‘will’ bear results.

Faith comes to fore during the really trying hours. It can just as easily come when a downslide begins. How hard is it to tell a friend that you are genuinely concerned about his/her drinking habits? How hard is it to stop and pick up the fallen stranger? These are only a few questions. I’m not the one asking them. To everyone, look around you. These questions in their own variance surround you. You have the super-powers to remedy a few of them. With great power comes great responsibility. Even the popular fantasy tale of Harry Potter tells one and all, the old magic of Love was something The Dark Lord Voldemort couldn’t fight against. We all have the love and goodness within ourselves. We should not be embarassed to let it show. Personal experience tells me that once I overcome that feeling of ‘possible’ embarassment and reach out I will enjoy the true rewards.

To share an incident – I once carried a stray pup across a main road. I did rebuke it bit, as it could’ve been hit. True there were amused onlookers. True again, it never feels grand to look stupid. But then, you will know once you find your courage and cross your bridge, it doesn’t really matter what another thinks/remarks about your actions. Both doer and the observer have the intelligence to understand if the act is right/wrong. You have the power to choose.

I am not clear on the origins of the following, but I’d like to conclude with the saying – Be the change you want to see. (I’m positive it’ll bear results if followed honestly)

Peace to all,

Indraneel 🙂

La Magia de tomar una iniciativa

Tengo una vieja historia para compartir. Yo estaba en la estación de trenes de Nueva Delhi. Es común ver a la gente no seguir las reglas. Un ejemplo habitual de este se está rompiendo la cola. Tengo una forma anticuada de pensar y de hacer las cosas. Decidí estar en una línea.Tal vez me llevó 10-15 minutos para llegar al mostrador de información. Un muchacho joven que intentaba cruzar la línea. Le dije educadamente , pero con firmeza , hasta situarse en la línea. Le aseguré que no tomará mucho tiempo. La señora en el mostrador de información , un empleado del gobierno , apreciado lo que hice. “Eso es algo muy bueno que hiciste. Más gente debería aprender a hacer lo mismo “, dijo. A pesar de que hizo regañar al niño por tratar de romper la línea. No esperaba su comentario . Y menos aún su agradecimiento.

Funcionarios del gobierno de la India son el segundo grupo más calumniado de las personas , de acuerdo a muchos ciudadanos. Es increíble la cantidad de desconfianza y temor , los empleados del gobierno pueden causar.Probablemente, Nunca voy a cumplir esa señora de nuevo en mi vida. Pero , en ese momento me dieron un montón. Ninguna cantidad de dinero que me podía conseguir lo que tengo. Aprendí, puedo tomar una iniciativa. Yo puedo ser lo suficientemente valientes como para afirmar lo que es correcto sin miedo o incluso sin ningún aprecio. Yo puedo hacer lo correcto. Mi iniciativa se ha dado la razón por la apreciación de la dama. Estoy contento de haber podido compartir algo positivo con 2 personas diferentes. Tal vez , a diferentes niveles.

Un enfoque positivo obtiene una respuesta positiva. Sólo tiene que tomar la iniciativa. Se podría darle algo mágico.

Paz a todos,
Indraneel 🙂

Este artículo se acredita a Janice Wald y Elle Knowles , para que desató el recuerdo.

The English translation:

The Magic  of taking an initiative

I have an old story to share. I was at the train station in New Delhi. It is common to see people not following the rules. A common example of this is breaking the queue. I’ve got an antiquated way of thinking and doing things. I decided to be in a line. Perhaps it took me 10-15 minutes to get to the information desk. A young boy tried to break the line. I said politely, but firmly, to go online. I assured her that will not take long. The lady at the information desk, a government employee, appreciated what I did. “That’s a good thing you did. More people should learn to do the same,” he said. Although he did scold the child for trying to break the line. I do not expect your comment. And even less appreciation.

Government officials in India are the second most maligned group of people, according to many citizens. It’s amazing the amount of distrust and fear, government employees can cause. Probably, I’ll never meet this woman again in my life. But then I got a lot. No amount of money could get me what I have. I learned, I can take an initiative. I can be brave enough to say what is right without fear or even without any appreciation. I can make it right. Such a finding that lady validated my initiative. I am glad that I could share something positive with 2 different people. Perhaps at different levels.

A positive approach to get a positive response. Simply take the initiative. It could give something magical.

Peace to all,
Indraneel 🙂

This article is credited to Janice Wald and Elle Knowles, for sparking the recollection.

A very warm welcome to friends from Spain

Una muy cálida bienvenida a mis amigos de España. Mi nombre es Indraneel. Me gustaría darle las gracias por animarme por visitar mi blog. Muchas Muchas Gracias amigos. Mis mejores deseos a todos ustedes por siempre. Por favor, acepta este mensaje como mi humilde muestra de gratitud

A very warm welcome to friends from Spain . My name is Indraneel . I would like to thank for encouraging me to visit my blog. Many Many Thanks friends . Best wishes to you all forever.
Please accept this message as my humble token of gratitude. (Translation courtesy Google Translate)

Magic of Initiative

A story several months (maybe over a year) old. I was at a railway inquiry queue. In my part of town cutting the line is norm. Infact so is breaking the simple rules and regulations.

Being a bit old school,mostly doesn’t help still that’s me, I chose to stand in the line. It took me like, maybe, 10-15 minutes to get to counter. A young fellow was looking to cut the line. I merely politely advised him to get in queue, assuring him it doesn’t take much time. The lady, a government employee, behind the counter quite appreciated my effort. She remarked, “That’s a proper thing you did. If only there were more people like you” (though she gave him a earful 😦 ). I never expected her remark, least of the appreciation.

The second most maligned in India, have got to be the government officials. Ooh! The amount of apprehensions and distrust they can give birth to. I’ve never been there again. Probably  I’ll never know her, ever. But in that one moment, I received a lot. Nothing money could’ve/would’ve ever done for me. I learnt I can take an initiative. I can be brave enough to state what’s correct without fear or even without any appreciation. I can do the right thing. And maybe the lady’s appreciation validated my initiative.

I’m glad I was able to share something positive with 2 different people, on different levels though. One good turn begets another.

Just take an initiative. You never know what may magically happen. 🙂

Peace to All, Indraneel

I’d like to give credit where it’s due. Dedicating this to Janice Wald and Elle Knowles, for sparking the recollection.


It really doesn’t hurt to follow this advice. If I may, I’d like tos share with all a small incident (albeit unrelated to this), which brought a glow inside me. I was at a railway inquiry queue. In my part of town cutting the line is norm. Infact so is breaking the simple rules and regulation. It took me like, maybe, 10 minutes to get to counter. A young fellow was looking to cut the line. I merely politely advised him to get in queue, assuring him it doesn’t take much time. The lady behind the counter quite appreciated my effort (though she gave him a earful 😦 ). I’m glad I was able to share something positive with 2 different people, on different levels though. To sum it up one good turn begets another. Just take an initiative. You never know what may magically happen. 🙂
Peace to All, Indraneel

Finding Myself Through Writing

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