The surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army in POK, post the infamous Uri attack, in 2016, made every Indian’s chest swell with pride and now, we have got a chance to relive the glorious moment, with director Aditya Dhar’s debut film, Uri: The Surgical Strike.
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The films tells the story of a daredevil army officer, Major Vihaan Singh Sheirgill (Vicky Kaushal), who is known for his courage and tact. However, he decides to take retirement from the Army to look after his mom (Swaroop Sampat), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The Indian Army doesn’t want to lose its gem and thus, the Prime Minister (Rajit Kapoor) transfers him to New Delhi and gives him a desk job. However, Sheirgill gets back into action when his brother-in-law gets killed while fighting terrorists at the Uri base camp. He leads his men into POK and destroys terrorist base camps in the deadly ambush.
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We all know the story and the end result, so in that sense it’s predictable but since it’s a movie creative liberties have also been taken. The revenge is personal here but it has been woven into the main plot in such a way that it doesn’t look forced. The film doesn’t waste much time in establishing characters and you get action right from the word go. The military strategies and warfare have been portrayed beautifully and it’s a joy to watch the jawans in action.
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Vicky Kaushal is outstanding as Major Sheirgill and he wins hearts again with his power-packed performance. Vicky is convincing as the sharp and serious army officer. He has beefed up for the role and he looks like a man who can single-handedly conquer the enemy. This film is more or less a one man show.
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Paresh Rawal’s character is modeled on National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and while he is great, his phone breaking spree is too over OTT. Rajit Kapoor is dignified as the Indian Prime Minister and his character is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on whose orders the actual surgical strike was conducted.
Mohit Raina has marked his debut with the film and he is impressive. Though Sheirgill and his men fought the battle, they were supported by RAW agent Pallavi Sharma (Yami Gautam) and IAF officer Seerat Kaur (Kirti Kulhari). Both the ladies are good but they don’t have much screen space. Swaroop Sampat is fabulous as Vicky’s vulnerable mother and the rest of the cast has also done a great job.
Uri is high on action, you have some great sniper shots, some amazing hand-to-hand combat scenes and overall it gives you an adrenaline rush. It has also has some fab emotionally charged scenes. Locations are good and makes the film look very authentic. Urti has been mounted on a big scale and Aditya has done a commendable job. However, I did feel that in parts the film lacked depth as it could have been more rousing. You have some jingoism but that’s required in a film like Uri to get the audiences clap and whistle. Thankfully there‘s no naach-gaana or a love angle.
This film can help BJP in the forthcoming general elections as it will definitely brush up the audience’s memory and remind them of the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements. Screenplay could have been crisper, cinematography is top-notch, dialogues will please the crowd and at the end of it all, you will feel extremely proud of our soldiers.
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Watch this film for Vicky Kaushal’s performance and to appreciate the Indian Army.