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Vidyut Jammwal (Born 10 December 1980 in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir) is an Indian film actor, martial artist, and stunt performer, who predominantly works in Hindi films. He is a trained martial artist,[3] having learnt the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu since the age of three.[4] He is popularly known as "The New Age Action Hero of Bollywood"[5][6] and is considered to be among the world's top martial arts film actors.[7][8] He has also worked in Kollywood and Tollywood films.[9]

Vidyut Jammwal
Vidyut Jamwal walks for Manish Malhotra & Shaina NC's show for CPAA 22.jpg
Jammwal ramp walking for a fashion show in 2012
Born (1980-12-10) 10 December 1980 (age 38)[1]
OccupationActor, Martial Artist[3]
Years active2004 – Present


Early lifeEdit

Jammwal was born in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir,[2] in a Dogra Rajput family. He was one of three children born to an Indian Army officer, and lived in various parts of India (owing to his father's transferable job)[10] and trained in Kalaripayattu in an ashram in Palakkad, Kerala since he was three years old, which was run by his mother.[11] He traveled to many countries training with martial artists in various forms, some of which find their base in Kalaripayattu.[11] After earning a degree in martial arts, Jammwal traveled to over 25 countries, where he performed in live action shows.[12] 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 Shakti, a Telugu film. He later landed his first role in a Bollywood movie in Nishikant Kamat's Force after one audition.

CareerEdit

Given his expertise in the martial arts, he has committed himself to stunt and action training in the world of cinema. His first Bollywood project Force, a remake of the Tamil film Kaaka Kaaka, alongside John Abraham[13] did moderately well at the box office.

He subsequently played supporting roles in the Telugu films Shakti and Oosaravelli, both starring NTR.[14] In 2012, Jammwal made his debut in Tamil cinema with Billa II, as the antagonist opposite Ajith Kumar. For his role, he received critical appreciation.[15] He worked on another Tamil film, Thuppakki, opposite actor Vijay which became a blockbuster.[16] He also received a SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for the film. He also played a supporting role in another Tamil film, Anjaan, alongside Suriya.

In his next film, Commando, he performed real-world combat-based action without the aid of stuntmen. The trailer received over a million hits on YouTube within a week of launching.[17] The film received mixed critical reviews.[18] Noted critic Taran Adarsh observed in his review, "Commando clearly belongs to Vidyut and the liberty of watching him crushing everything and everyone in sight leaves you tongue-tied. By doing the stunts without a body double or cables, he fits into the definition of India's Next Gen action hero without a hitch. He's a fine actor too, although it's the action that takes precedence over histrionics here."[19]

Commando showcased internationally for the first time in July 2013 at the Fantasia Film Fest in Montreal,[20][21] followed by a screening at the Fantastic Fest[22][23][24] in Texas in September 2013. He received positive feedback from international media[25] and action directors, calling him India's answer to Bruce Lee and Tony Jaa.[26] He has been part of a number of popular lists, including Most Desirable,[27][28][29] Fittest men with Best Bodies,[30][31] and Sexiest Men Alive.[32]

After the success of Commando, he played a sharpshooter cop in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullett Raja. Known for his gritty and edgy cinematic style, Tigmanshu cast him once again for his next directorial venture,Yaara, a remake of the French film Les Lyonnais.[33][34] 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.[35]

More recently, he was seen starring as Chandru in the Tamil film Anjaan, directed by N Lingusamy, as a parallel lead to Suriya.[36]

He and his team of stunt men designed, choreographed and executed all his action sequences with him for all his films.[37]

In 2018, Jammwal will star opposite Shruti Haasan in Tigmanshu Dhulia's film Yaara. They are both also together for Mahesh Manjrekar's untitled drama as well.[38]


Personal lifeEdit

Jammwal kicked off an initiative to teach self-defense techniques to college-going girls and working professionals.[39][40][41] He hosted a camp at a college festival in Mumbai in 2014.[42]

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.” [43] He, along with Kangana Ranaut were adjudged as PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013.[44]

His workout regime combines martial arts training with various other elements of cardiovascular, weight and interval training.[45] More recently, Jammwal has adopted and added Anti Gravity Yoga and Suspension TRX to his intense workout regime.[46] Jammwal is a rock climber.[47][48]

Jammwal visited the Shaolin Temple in China in 2013.[49] His visit was meant to honour Bodhidharma, an Indian monk who is credited for teaching Indian combat forms and exercises to China, from which kung fu was then born.[50] Jammwal is also believed to have spent a week taking part in martial arts training at the temple.[51]

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language
2004 Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa Dancer in song "Go Balle Balle" Hindi
2011 Shakti 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
2013 Commando Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra
2014 Anjaan Chandru Tamil
2017 Baadshaho Army Officer Major Seher Singh Hindi
2017 Commando 2 Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra Hindi
2019 Junglee Raj
Commando 3   Captain Karanvir Singh Dogra
TBA Yaara TBA Delayed
2021 Indian 2 TBA Tamil


TelevisionEdit

Year Series Role Language
2013 CID[52] Commando Hindi
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster[53] Host/presenter Hindi
English

Music videosEdit

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 accoladesEdit

Year Award Category Film Language Result Ref
2014 Zee Cine Awards Umeed Ka Naya Chehra - Male Commando Hindi Won [54]
2013 SIIMA Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Thuppakki Tamil Won [55][56]
2012 Stardust Awards Breakthrough Performance Male Force Hindi Won [57]
FICCI Frames Awards Best Debut Male Won [58]
Filmfare Awards Best Debut Male Won
IIFA Award Star Debut of the Year – Male Won

TitlesEdit

  • 2014 – PETA's Hottest Vegetarian[59][60]
  • 2013 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India/Zoom[29]
  • 2013 – Prominently featured on the List of Chennai's Most Desirable Men by The Times of India[61]
  • 2012 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India123/Zoom[62]
  • 2012 – Prominently featured on the List of Chennai's Most Desirable Men by The Times of India[63]
  • 2012 - Prominently featured on the List of Sexiest Men Alive by People Magazine India[64]
  • 2012 – On the list of Top 5 Fittest Men by Men's Health magazine India[65]
  • 2011 – Prominently featured on the List of Most Desirable Men by The Times of India/Zoom[28]
  • 2011 – Prominently featured on the List of Best Bodies by Men's Health magazine India[65]

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