It's just action for him
With a drool worthy body and training in the guru of martial arts, Kalaripayattu, Vidyut Jamwal promises an action packed adventure film, 'Commando'. ...
With a drool worthy body and training in the guru of martial arts, Kalaripayattu, Vidyut Jamwal promises an action packed adventure film, 'Commando'. Radhika Rajamani He stormed into the silver screen with his action giving extraordinary performances in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. Vidyut Jamwal won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award with his great performance as the antagonist in the Hindi film 'Force'. His appearances in the Telugu films 'Shakti 'and 'Oosaravelli 'and Tamil films 'Billa 2' and 'Thuppakki' have fetched him accolades and the action man tag. Vidyut is into 'Kalaripayattu' from a very young age and this martial art has helped him to give mind-blowing action sequences on screen. He is passionate about action and fitness. Vidyut is now doing a solo hero Hindi film 'Commando' where gets to show off more realistic action of 'Kalari' in a tale set against an army backdrop. Vidyut is excited to be the solo hero of 'Commando', directed by Dilip Ghosh. "For me it's like a dream role." To top it 'Commando' is one of the high-budget action films. "Like the name suggests, 'Commando' is about an army commando who by mistake while training crosses the border of India and then moves into China. It's his whole journey then of trying to come back to India. The Chinese say he's a spy. And when he crosses the border of China he realises that the enemy is in the country. Everybody who doesn't support or stand for the truth is an enemy. In the journey he meets a woman (played by Pooja Chopra). The story is about the man realising the enemy is within and not outside," explains Vidyut. Vidyut grew up in the army atmosphere as his father was in the Indian army. So there were enough responsibilities for Vidyut while doing 'Commando'. "The biggest responsibility was I do not disappoint anybody from the Indian forces. I'm so glad I've come true to my colour. If you have read in the media lot of commandos have come out and spoken to the media. They are so proud of the way they have been shown in the movie. For me it was presenting India. We were making the biggest action movie ever. I did 'Kalaripayattu' in the film. The whole world would be watching it. We have been getting calls from Hollywood and actions directors from abroad saying it is fabulous. It was something they haven't seen. So it was a big responsibility to do this," he outlines. He goes on to add "everything about the movie is true � the way the character has been portrayed, the way we shot the movie. There were no cables, no stunt doubles, no wires � so everything is true. Everything is just the way it's supposed to be." 'Kalaripayattu' has been a part of Vidyut's life since a young age. "I've been lucky enough as my mother was associated with an ashram in Kerala. I was fortunate to be around it since the age of three. Every time in my summer vacations I used to go to Kerala. I guess I was born to do it as they say. I enjoyed being a part of it every time I went there. I wasn't learning in the beginning. I was just playing around with the sticks and swords. I grew up with those weapons. For me it was not learning an art, it was something I was born with. Kalari is very vast and finds a mention in the 'Vedas' too. It takes a lifetime to learn it. I would want to teach Kalari too." While Karate Kungfu and Judo are the martial arts known to people Vidyut laments nobody knows kalari. Yet he says "I'm happy they know how to pronounce it now. Being an Indian I'm happy it's the mother of all martial arts and I'm able to take it further." Action has always interested and enthused Vidyut. "It comes from within. Every cell in my body wants to do action. For me action is a full-fledged art. I realised the more you do it the better you get with it. When running on the beach in Mumbai I see youngsters trying to do stuff they are watching in the movie trailer. I actually aspire to inspire people. The enrolment in martial arts classes has increased. I've brought the change in a small way but I'm glad it has happened." Vidyut is certainly looking forward to a lot from 'Commando'. "I'm looking forward to many things � looking forward that the new generation picks up something from it. What I'mlooking forward is the picture of action should change. People are boredA of seeing when somebody punches and ten people fly off in the air. I'mA proud to say that I can do something realistic. I met so many people at the airport en route to Delhi who said they are waiting for the film and I'm glad that I've got something they are waiting for." His next Hindi film is 'Bullet' Raja directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia which is under production. The moment I get off 'Commando' I'll be off to Lucknow to shoot with Tigmanshu," he signs off.
18 Jan 2020 10:11 AM GMT