Director: Aditya Dhar
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal
The Bollywood is under major revolution where filmmakers are bringing plots based on true events that we as a layman have definitely heard of, but don’t know the story behind the curtains of Politics and Armed Forces. One such insight this Friday’s release URI: The Surgical Strike gives.
Directed by Aditya Dhar, the film shows grief and loss of the 19 Army personnel. They were killed by four arms loaded militants at the Uri Base Camp in Kashmir on the 18th of September 2016. With action montage full of fight sequences, explosions and strategic planning, a team of 80 Indian Army Soldiers carried out the surgical strike later that month, on the 29th.
Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihan Singh Shergill of Indian Army successfully makes up to an ideal portrayal of an Army Man who is smart, strong and the strategy expert of army attacks. Divided into well-distinguished parts, the first chapter of URI opens with a shocking attack on the Indian Army by a terrorist group near Myanmar border. The Raazi star, Vicky Kaushal makes a less dramatic, subtle entry as he leads the successful secret operation.
The build-up of the major attack is done brilliantly where every chapter connects strings to the ultimate surgical strike. After the action-packed battlefield scenes, Major Vihan decides to take a break to take care of her patient mother. Yes, we agree some emotional quotient is important for makers to prove URI a tailor-made movie for the Indian audience. Luckily it is kept in minimal tone
How far a soldier can sit quite when it comes to security and pride of the nation? We see Major Vihan coming back in action with a louder roar to seek revenge from militants, base camped near Pakistan administered Kashmir as a retaliation for the Uri attack. Actress Yami Gautam as a RAW agent assists the mission with secret intelligence sources. She impresses in less yet important screen time. Actor Paresh Rawal as Govind also played a pivotal role in the film as the Operation Head.
Living up to expectations, we can say URI is certainly a factually accurate film instead of just another jingoistic film that is made to appeal to a nationalistic audience. We somewhere feel the impact could have been greater if they would have added up some real statistics from the true event at the end. Vicky Kaushal is a treat to watch. He smoothly syncs with the story mood, a serious one with hardly one or two smiling scenes. Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal backed up the plot nicely. Similarly, Mohit Raina, Keerti Kulhari, and Mansi Parekh are worth a watch in their distinguished pivotal roles.
Overall, URI: The Surgical Strike starts off 2019 on a great, energetic note. A serious war-zone, guns, riffles, bloodsheds, explosions, air-force, satellites rolling, good VFX and the winning spirit of Major Vihan Singh Shergill and Army will surely evoke your patriotism.
We recommend you to watch the prideful story of Indian Army this weekend.
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