When we talk about martial artists in cinema, the first name that comes to mind is Bruce Lee. There was no one greater than him, and no one will ever be. When we talk of the finest in our times, we come across a series of names dominated by Hong Kong and Chinese superstars Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung.
Others who we usually talk about are Thailand’s Tony Jaa, Indonesia’s Iko Uwais, and South Korea’s Lee Byung Hun and Won Bin. But all of them are wildly popular names.
So, American entertainment website Looper decided to present a new list of martial arts actors who are formidable, quick and command an amazing screen-presence like the other legends.
The list has the likes of US martial arts god Scott Adkins and Brazilian Capoeira expert Lateef Crowder. In that list features Bollywood’s very own Vidyut Jammwal.
Describing Jammwal as a martial artist trained in the traditional Kalaripayattu. The article says that Jammwal has trained for over three decades under masters of the ancient Indian martial arts still practised in Kerala.
Analysing Jammwal’s movie ‘Commando’, Looper says that he “fells opponents with tree-assisted 720 spin kicks, steals someone’s belt mid-combo just to backhand them with it, and back-flip kicks a lampshade straight into someone’s face”.
Looper mentions that Jammwal is called “India’s answer to Bruce Lee”.
Responding to the article, Jammwal said that it is an honour to give back to the community.
“Honours like this help me give back to the community of Kalaripayattu to which I owe my life and all this success,” Vidyut said in a statement to IANS.
“It has been a very fulfilling journey and I am looking forward for the audience to experience more of Kalaripayattu in my upcoming film ‘Junglee’.”
Vidyut has finished shooting for ‘Junglee’, a film on the relationship between man and elephant. Directed by Chuck Russell of ‘The Mask’ fame, ‘Junglee’ has Jammwal performing a series of high-risk martial arts stunts and moves.
“What really distinguishes Vidyut is his deep knowledge of the martial art Kalaripayattu and his understanding of its philosophy to not only protect and fight, but also use it to heal,” said Russell.
Others in the list are Ilram Choi of South Korea, Marko Zaror of Chile, Sam Hargrave of the US, Wu Jing of China and Johnny Nguyen of Vietnam.
Take a look at Vidyut’s electrifying moves: