DESPITE BEING THE BEST IN THE SERIES, ‘COMMANDO 3’ LACKS A LITTLE

Rating: 3/5
Director Aditya Datt has surely blown life into the series that seemed to sink after the second installment, but is that enough?

Best known for thematically strong Table No. 21, Aditya Datt has brought Karanveer Singh Dogra (title character in the film) to give you power packed entertainment. At a time when the second outing helmed by Deven Bhojani didn’t score well- both in terms of box office numbers and hearts of audiences, Commando 3 puts apprehensions at rest. The film rightly does what is needed- carving a divine hero aided by characters that have a say, action that is real (though it may seem otherwise) and dangerous, and entertainment showered decently all across. Looking at this individually though, it doesn’t satisfy.

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Director Aditya Datt, Producer Vipul Shah, and Vidyut Jammwal (image source: bollywoodhungama.com)
PLOT

The premise talks about brainwashing of youngsters into becoming terrorists, including having to convert them to Islam at will and wrongly portraying the meaning of Jehad. India is facing a deadly terror attack threat, the mastermind of which is believed to be be operating from London. Karanveer (Vidyut Jammwal) is sent from India to capture the person along with Bhavna Reddy (Adah Sharma), joined by Mallika Sood (Angira Dhar) and Armaan Akhtar (Sumeet Thakur), both Indian origin officers of British Intelligence.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Darius Yarmil and Junaid Wasi’s story has all the masala in right proportions. The setting isn’t needed. Hence they don’t waste time there. The plot moves quickly to the point in focus and takes off. Following a standard pattern of narrative, the writers take the tried and tested route of indulging you with the dialogue-baazi, and style that the officers in command carry.

Even with a set scheme, the film impresses you with the flair with which things happen. Most importantly the character of the villain is who you adore the most. The reticence and an ingrained surprise element to him keeps you hooked. The conflicts within the narrative are not many (had that been the case, it would have been accepted more readily).

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On sets of the film (image source: yorkpress.co.uk)

The drama in the first half in interesting for the parts it involves a virtual chase. It’s not only the officers who are after the terrorist. It’s also the other way round. This in particular has been shown with intense thrill. The action scenes are also choreographed with elan, the one involving Vidyut with two men with a dagger fight remarkably standing out.

Patriotism is full throttled, and notions that make this one entertaining are plenty. Humour, breathers, and scenes giving a rush to adrenaline are everywhere. You ask for it. Datt gives you one. The sentiment is right for not just punishing the wrongdoers but also rectifying the ones brainwashed.

However, the plot seems a little far fetched and too heroic. Ideally, you shouldn’t look for realism angle for your own sake. Also, the climax is heavily dramatic. If you look at it symbolically, it works, but that’s too much to ask for. In fact, the last bit makes you lose your faith in the drama watched so far. The makers could easily take the more real route, making the impact.

PERFORMANCE

Vidyut Jammwal not only suits but also puts his best foot forward. He does all his stunts by himself without the harnesses is a known fact now. Whatever actions seem unreal and impossible, applauds should rise for Vidyut for actually pulling them off. Having said that, it seems repetitive, not on his part, but at the industry’s part as a whole. He’s been made to do the same stuff over and over again. It’s high time Jammwal takes the charge to bring in some novelty.

Adah Sharma is just brilliant in her character, actually better than the previous one where her character was introduced in the franchise. She has also been given considerable screen time which she utilities well. She not only delivers power packed kicks and punches, but also comic one liners, simply on point.

Angira Dhar is fine, could be better. She’s actually overshadowed by the other two leads. She does fine though, with her distinct style. Sumeet Thakur is just okay and there isn’t anything great about either him or his character the way it is written. Blame it on both then.

Gulshan Devaiah is simply outstanding. A major portion of the film makes sense because of such fine act by him. Recall all his earlier roles, and he surpasses all of them. He’s a gem. You just can’t take your eyes off him. In the scenes where he’s not there, you sulk.

Rajesh Tailang, a superb actor is wasted here, especially by allotting him such a trivial role. It could be written a little better where he could have had a sketch to him.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Songs by Mannan Shah and Vikram Montrose here are just okay. Background score by Saurabh Bhalerao is very smartly made and put into the run. Gives you the rich feel. Thumps your heart.

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Angira Dhar, Gulshan Devaiah, and Adah Sharma during promotions (image source: gulte.com)

Mark Hamilton’s cinematography is good, if not great. There are sequences that do seem over the top. Too many close ups and shaky movement of the camera here and there disturb. But the parts where there is a location shot from an aerial view- they take your breath away. Production design by Juhi Talmaki is very good keeping up with the camera. You like what you see and move ahead with it. Reliability is satisfactorily achieved.

Editing by Sandeep Kurup justifies the genre. You get the flavor nicely and you are left impressed with the overall product by the end. The parts where the drama is fast paced, especially the action sequences have been edited wonderfully.

The film here does go overboard and against the logic too. To some extent. But it isn’t misplaced. The positioning of the film is correct and you do get swayed by what’s on offer for it is given to you in a manner that you can’t ignore. A good watch.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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