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Packing a punch

Vidyut Jamwal will be performing stunts involving mixed martial arts and Indian combat forms in Vipul Shah’s next.

bollywood Updated: Oct 20, 2012 18:40 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
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Vidyut-Jamwal

In last year’s Force, Vidyut Jamwal, who was launched in a negative role, grabbed eyeballs for his chiseled body and action scenes. Now, the actor who has worked in films down south, is back with Vipul Shah’s next, the tentatively titled Commando — The War Within.

The film, slated to release next year, will see the star do what he does the best — perform actions scenes, which will be a blend of mixed martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. The sequences will also have a mix of Indian martial arts such as Gatka (Punjab’s weapon-based form of martial arts) and Kalaripayattu (a Kerala martial form, which combines strikes, kicks, grappling and the use of weaponry).

Ask Vidyut, a trained martial artiste himself, about this and he says, "I've been training since I was three years old and it's all been an integral part of fulfilling my goal of being a part of action-based cinema. For me, fitness and martial arts are a part of who I am and is something I'm passionate about.” And for his role in Commando, Vidyut had to undergo special training. He says, “We trained keeping the script in mind, and designed and choreographed stunts and action sequences pertaining to it which took us four to five months. We trained with skilled professionals combining activities focused on strength training, agility and speed.”

The actor feels that there’s a lot the audience can expect from him. He says, “To be honest, Force was just a small showcase of what you can expect to see in Commando. It's an action movie, where no cables, wires and doubles were used. I am also honoured that Vipul made an action movie with me, which will be a first for him.”