Movie: Uri: The Surgical Strike
Director: Aditya Dhar
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Mohit Raina, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, Swaroop Sampat
In a poll bound year, the screens today are hit with nationalist and patriotic films ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ and ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ and enthusiastic movie-goers have been queuing up outside cinema halls since early morning
Directed by Aditya Dhar, ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is based on the surgical attacks of 2016. The plot sheds light on the numerous terrorist attacks that took place on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LOC), which eventually prompted the government to plan the surgical strikes.
As per the initial reviews from the morning viewers, the general verdict is that the movie manages to recreate the incidents leading up to the surgical strikes, while the characters stay true to their character and don’t go overboard volleying around their emotional baggage.
We meet a very motivated major Vihaan Singh Shergill played by Vicky Kaushal, actor Paresh Rawal is seen as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, while Yami Gautam portrays the role of an intelligence officer.
Kaushal in the beginning leads a covert operation across the Myanmar border. He is much loved in his unit and thus his decision to get back to a relatively peaceful life in Delhi headquarters surprises many. We, of course, know that he will be back in the game soon, and the retaliation plan of Uri attacks gives him exactly the chance he was looking for.
Uri is a decent looking film — though the cinematographer appears to have been told to highlight the lens-flare in every single shot of nighttime combat — and while the action is convincing, the proceedings are unmistakably dull.
The audience has appreciated the movie’s screenplay, and vouched for its patriotism instilling storytelling. On the whole, movie keeps you watching despite some clunky passages. It’s always good to have movies in which the soldiers look real, even if the action is buoyed by such dialogues as ‘unhe Kashmir chaihye, humein unka sar’