Vidyut Jammwal’s Double Act(ion) on the Digital Space

Vidyut Jammwal has carved a path-breaking niche for himself. His chiselled look, zen-like persona and humble demeanour make him a supremely amiable being.

Whilst many have been in the race to the pinnacle as ‘Bollywood heroes’, Jammwal has brought his area of expertise – martial arts to mainstream Hindi cinema.

From playing a villain in Force (2011) to a veterinary doctor fighting poachers in Junglee (2019), he has ventured into various character milieus.

During this pandemic, we will now get to see two back-to-back films of the Kalarippayattu trained actor.

His first release, Yaara, releases 30th July on ZEE5 Global, an adaptation of French film, A Gang Story.

Set in the 90s Uttar Pradesh, the Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial focuses 4 characters or friends, from the Chokdi gang.

It hints at the friends’ coming-of-age and the crimes that they commit.

Subsequently, at things go awry and two members – Phagun and Mitwa parting ways, only to meet again after 20 years when Mitwa gets arrested.

Despite the fallout, Phagun tries to free Mitwa for old time’s sake. Will this rekindle their lost friendship, or will it lead to bloodshed?

Filme Shilmy managed to speak with Vidyut regarding his experience of working on the film. To which he said:

“In India, we haven’t had a movie on friendship apart from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara for a long time now.

I’m very excited because I love watching films on friendships – I’m a man’s man and love my friends. It’s a journey that traces these 4 friends from the age of 3-50, which goes back and forth.

It’s a new one in India, which promises to be a different experience.

His second film is Khuda Haafiz, directed by Faruk Kabir streaming on Hotstar on 14th August.

Based on a true story, with a young, newly married couple from India Sameer (Vidyut) and Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) who decide to work overseas due to the 2008 recession.

However, Nargis mysteriously gets caught up in a vicious flesh traded and Sameer, a helpless common man tries everything in his power to bring his wife back safely with him.

In fact, Faruk says that we will observe a different side to Jammwal. Speaking on this, Vidyut says: 

“Apart from the incredible story, what really amazed me was that here’s an engineer, who has never fought in his life.

He’s not a trained martial artist. When Faruk told me this, the most important thing was to unlearn everything I know about self-defence, martial arts and natural reactions that come to me.

It was very difficult but Faruk and the entire action team really worked on it, so it looks nice and I’m sure you’ll be proud of what you watch.”

Well, going by the looks of both movies, they seem equally gripping and thrilling.

To see Vidyut exploring different styles of milieus and character traits in his double-digital release is a visual treat!

Yaara streams on 30th July, ZEE5 and Khuda Haafiz on 14th August, Hotstar.

Watch our exclusive conversation with Vidyut Jammwal here:

 

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