Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
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Directed By: Aditya Dhar
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Mohit Raina, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kriti Kulhari, Manasi Parekh
Mahatma Gandhi has been famously (and wrongly) attributed the quote “If someone slaps you on one side of your face, turn the other one to him”. And that has always been the mantra on India but not anymore, Uri is a story of the new age India which doesn’t forget or forgive. It is the dramatized account of the surgical strike by the Indian forces as retaliation to the 2016 Uri terrorist attack. Uri has tremendous action, drama and emotion and follows the age old formula of revenge.
In 2015, Indian soldiers traveling through the jungles of Northeast halt due to a tyre puncture. Closer inspection reveal it to be an ambush by Northeastern militants. Special forces led by Major Vihan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) and his brother in law Major Karan Kashyap (Mohit Raina) storm a militant hideout and take revenge. Vihan’s mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s thus he wants out to take care of his mother. The army comes to an arrangement moving him to Delhi in the administrative department. Meanwhile Uri attack happens and Major Karan gets martyred. Major Vihan gets an opportunity for revenge when India decides to retaliate. How the attack gets formulated and executed forms the rest of the plot.
Uri employs a tried and tested formula of Indian cinema. The hero doesn’t act until someone close to him gets killed, blood boils and then revenge happens. We saw that in Simmba, Rang De Basanti and numerous other movies. The magnitude of connect for the audience is directly proportional to the arc the hero crosses. In this movie the nationalistic pride adds to the pull.
Director Aditya Dhar has directed one of the most direct action movies. Perfectly choreographed action sequences make the movie slick. I also loved the fact that there is no love story to slow the movie down. The music is good and adds to the josh. The best part of the movie is its cinematography, some of the shots are breathtaking. The best of the lot is a frame where Vihan is pictured in a screen filled with orange and black flames. More than a war movie, I would classify it as a revenge saga. Even so, it does invoke nationalistic pride, like when Major Karan’s daughter gives the war cry while saluting her martyred father, it is personal but extremely patriotic.
Vicky Kaushal has bulked up well for the role and he looks like an army man. The act gives away when he opens his mouth, he is unable to enunciate the commands properly. He has done much better roles than this, he is still young and can only build up from this. I liked Mohit Raina’s role, this will kick start his career in movies. Kriti Kulhari was fabulous in Pink and does good in the limited screen time as an IAF Officer. Manasi Parekh has a minor role but makes everyone cry during the scene where she fights the turmoil inside to wash her martyred husbands clothes or not.
Yami Gautam is a major disappointment, her role is a major flaw of the movie. She screws up when Vihan identifies her as an intelligence officer, yet the government appoints her as lead in the intelligence gathering for the surgical strike. Paresh Rawal is good as always as NSA adviser Govind Bharadwaj (based on Ajit Doval).
Uri talks about new India which as Govind says Yeh naya Hindustan hai. Yeh Hindustan ghar mein ghusega bhi Aur maarega bhi.” (This is a new India. It won’t hesitate to kill.). Yes India still believes in no first kill but will sure retaliate and this time it won’t be just banning of cricket or artists. The movie takes a dig at the intolerance brigade when Govind says that India is not tolerant anymore.
Uri is a really good movie which is smart, direct and captures the new mentality of India. Watch it and share the rating above.
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