Commando: A One Man Army

Commando: A One Man Army[4] is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language action thriller 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.

Commando: A One Man Army
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Directed byDilip Ghosh
Produced byVipul Shah
Anil Ambani
Written byRitesh Shah
StarringVidyut Jammwal
Pooja Chopra
Jaideep Ahlawat
Music bySongs:
Mannan Shaah
Score:
Prasad Sasthe[1]
CinematographySejal Shah
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Production
company
Sunshine Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget17 crore[2]
Box office21.47 crore[3]

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.

The film was released theatrically on 12 April 2013. It was followed by two sequels, Commando 2: The Black Money Trail in 2017 and Commando 3 in 2019.

PlotEdit

Indian Commando Karanveer Singh Dogra "Karan" 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, who is running away from a man named AK-74 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 gains. Moving to the woods, Karan and Simrit start to develop feelings for each other. They soon find themselves pursued by AK-74 and his goons, and Karan uses his martial arts skills to fight them off.

AK-74 hires special trackers and hunting dogs, who get a scent of Karan and Simrit from a torn piece of her shirt. Karan misleads the dogs and crosses a river. However, Karan is shot in the ensuing fight and eventually thrown into a river by AK-74. On the other hand, learning of Karan's entering India, an agent is sent to eliminate him. AK-74 kills Simrit's parents and stages it as an accident, eventually forcing Simrit to marry him. However, Karan is saved by some people who heal his wounds before he heads to the town. Karan invades AK-74's house and kills all his henchmen including his brother. Before he can confront AK-74, he faces the agent sent to kill him who joined hands with AK-74 to kill Karan. After another fight, Karan kills the agent and beats up AK-74. He publicly hangs him on the town square and surrenders to his commander Col. Akhilesh Sinha, who had arrived on time to save Karan from the local police working for AK. Karan finally reveals his full name to Simrit and promises to return after his court martial.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

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.[5][6]

Commando – A One Man Army
Soundtrack album by
Released28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)
Recorded2012-2013
GenreFeature film soundtrack, Soundtrack
Length24:10
LanguageHindi
LabelSuper Cassettes Industries Ltd.
Mannan Shaah chronology
Commando – A One Man Army
(2013)
Commando 2
(2017)
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
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

ReleaseEdit

Critical receptionEdit

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.[7] 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".[8] 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".[9] 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".[10] 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".[11] 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."[12]

BoxofficeEdit

The film earned around 35.0 million (US$490,000) on its opening day.[13][14] The film raked 113 million (US$1.6 million) over its first weekend.[15] At its first week,It netted around 173 million (US$2.4 million) having decent business in single screens.[16] It finished at around 200 million (US$2.8 million) in India.

Alternate versionEdit

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.[17][18]

SequelEdit

Following the film's success, it received two sequels. The first one titled Commando 2 was released in 2017, while Commando 3 released in 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Commando – A One Man Army Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Commando (2013) - Movie - Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Commando (2013) Box office collection till now". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Vidyut Jammwal's COMMANDO in demand". yahoo.com. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/cast/id/566667
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/in/album/commando-one-man-army-original/id626789188
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Taran Review". Taran Adarsh. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 April 2013.     
  9. ^ "Meena Iyer review". Meena Iyer. The times of India. Retrieved 11 April 2013.     
  10. ^ "Movie Review: Commando, A One Man Army". Shubhra Gupta. Indian Express. Retrieved 12 April 2013.     
  11. ^ "Movie review: Commando". Saibal Chatterjee. NDTV. Retrieved 11 April 2013.     
  12. ^ Alisha Coelho. "Movie Review: Commando is a one man show". in.com. Retrieved 12 April 2013.     
  13. ^ "Commando Scoring Over Nauntaki Saala Due To Single Screens". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Commando First Day Business". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Commando And Nautanki Saala Weekend Business". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Commando And Nautanki Saala First Week Business". Boxofficeindia.Com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Commando - A One Man Army (Comparison: Full Action Version - Original Version)". Movie-censorship.com.
  18. ^ "Commando - One Man Army - Action UNCUT und Full UNCUT". Nameless Media.

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