Commando 2 truly looks like a film that never had a bound script. You try to make sense by trying to connect the dots, but there aren’t any to connect in the first place. The film opens with a clip on demonetization. In an effort to retrieve black money stashed abroad, the Indian government wants to arrest and extradite a money launderer Vicky Chadha to India. It sends four officers to Bangkok for the job – ex-commando and special agent Karan (Vidyut Jammwal), ACP Bakhtawar (Freddy Daruwala), Inspector Bhavna Reddy (Adah Sharma) and Zafar Hussain (Sumit Gulati).
Karan believes in taking no prisoners, Bakhtawar follows orders without giving a thought to right or wrong, Bhavna is a corrupt encounter specialist and Zafar is a hacking expert who probably never held a gun. Why the government chose these people with major flaws is an obvious but minor gap in a story that has them by the size of craters.
Before they embark on the trip, viewers are given a rather long introduction to the fighting prowess of our action hero Karan as he single handedly scales skyscrapers, fights a gazillion guards with aplomb and kills his target when he could have simply arrested him. Anyway, the four quickly catch on to the man Vicky Chadha who turns out to be not Vicky Chadha but a fall guy for the real Vicky Chadha who happens to be a woman.
Director Deven Bhojani tries to inject intrigue by various twists and turns, some of which are bizarre. Characters change sides, new faces pop up and melt away and some get killed for no apparent reason. At the start of the film, it is shown that the Home minister is secretly mixed up with the money launderers, but the knowledge seems to be out in the open- even the most junior person on the team knows about it. Not only are they aware of the connection, they even talk about a cut of the “profits” with the Home Minister as if she was some Babu in the government office.
Also thrown in is some supposedly hi-tech computer wizardry solely to make the film look smart. The film has a single redeeming factor in Vidyut Jammwal. He is fit as a fiddle, has great screen presence and can fight like the best of them. He even acts well. The downsides are too many to count. First is the story or lack thereof. As I mentioned in the beginning, there are so many plot-holes, you’ll stop counting or trying to make sense after a while. Different parts don’t add up, random characters pop up, cops who were under arrest suddenly start getting assistance from the Indian Consulate; at best this could be children’s comic book material. The background score by Prasad Sashte is ear-shattering, literally. His throbbing music gave me a throbbing headache. Attempt is made at comic relief through the Hyderabadi-accented Hindi, barely-understandable-English and brand-chasing character of Inspector Bhavna. What starts off as amusing becomes grating on the nerves by over-repetition throughout the film.
I like Deven Bhojani as an actor. He has acted in some very good films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and Chalo America. His resume boasts of studying film direction from University of Southern California, a fine institution by all accounts. You expect better from a man of his background. Did he get overwhelmed by the enormity of helming a film or was it a case of powerful producers who ghost-direct a film retaining the director only in name? There may be some method to the mayhem here. It looks like the film is focused on replicating the success of the original Commando by positioning to a certain kind of viewers who can swell the collections. Whatever the fate at the Box Office, this film has failed as quality cinema or even plain entertainment.
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma , Freddy Daruwala, Shefali Shah, Esha Gupta
Director: Deven Bhojani