When the Prime Minister of India declared war on black
money and promised 15 lakh rupees in the bank account of every poor farmer, one
is fairly certain he wouldn’t have hired producer Vipul Shah, director Deven
Bhojani or storywriter Suresh Nair to plan its execution. For what the team of Commando 2 comes up with is such a tiring
plot that even the ploy of patriotism can’t save it.
Vidyut as Commando Karan is introduced with his biceps
before the rest of his body appears. His boss puts him on the black money trail
to get the person who’s laundering billions of dollars of black money for
India’s influential corrupt. Name Vicky Chadha, he’s been caught in Malaysia.
Go get him. But is that the real Vicky Chadha?
Meanwhile, a female Home Minister with a shady son has
to bow down to elements who control the black money in India.
A crack team of ACP Bhaktavar who’ll do anything for
his political bosses, Bhavna Reddy, an encounter specialist who has a weakness
for imported brands including the English language, and Zafar who’s an expert
hacker, goes to Malaysia. It’s more a team with cracks as Karan and Bhaktavar flash
biceps at each other even before they take off.
There’s a Mr Iyer with the Indian embassy in Malaysia
but when the plot goes to Thailand, he has powers to call the shots there too.
At interval point Vicky Chadha is not who you think it
is. The action hits the pause button until a long climax on a rooftop. And
you’re finally told that nobody is who you thought they were.
Director Deven Bhojani unabashedly but ham-handedly
attempts to milk patriotic sentiments. He even has Zafar from a minority
community wanting to prove his patriotism. And he gets Vidyut Jamval to spout
lines like, ‘Zinda rehke kaunsa swachch
bharat ka jhanda uthane wala hai?’
Bhojani’s idea of a new India and comedy means turning Bhavna Reddy into a
caricature of South Indians that irritates more than entertains. Unfortunately,
Adah Sharma who is an interesting actor plays the abjectly annoying Bhavna and
is ungroomed to boot.
Esha Gupta who enters as Vicky’s wife Maria is all
about long legs and pouting lips. Vidyut remains the man who’s best with guns,
knives, fists and flying kicks. But it doesn’t come
together to give you any kicks.
For a film that plays the patriotism card very poorly,
Commando 2 gets a 1.5* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author