Release Date: January 11, 2019
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam
Director: Aditya Dhar
Writer: Aditya Dhar
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
The film Uri: The surgical Strike revolves around the 2016 terrorists attack on Indian Army camp in Uri in Kashmir, causing deaths of 19 Indian soldiers. Eleven days later, India retaliated by attacking terrorists training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Writer and director Aditya Dhar is laudable for writing such an amazing concept of Uri: The Surgical Strike in most appropriate way.
Vicky Kaushal plays an invincible Para (Special Forces) Commando Major Vihaan Singh Shergil, Indian Army. Justifying the character, the actor continues to grow from strength to strength. His sincere and easy presence adds depth to the film.
What makes Uri: The Surgical Strike different isn’t its execution; however the audacity of the mission it dramatically decodes and recreates. Despite knowing the result, you watch the events unfold with immense curiosity as the complex operation plan was classified. The rigorous process — how eighty Indian Para SF commandos managed to infiltrate PoK and destroy the terrorists’ camps, creates great suspense and interest.
The film scores high on technical grounds. The combat sequences, ambush, gunfire, fistfights, sharpshooter shots are realistically shot. The camera tactfully follows the troops like shadow. Sound effects are crucial to combat film storytelling, and this war drama uses it effectively for many scenes.
The film makes us go through the struggles of a soldier. Aditya Dhar cleanly shows us the challenges Soldiers face to manage their personal lives and also explains the pain their families go through on losing them in wars.
Mohit Raina, who made his big screen debut with this film, also got significant role. Mohit Raina plays an Army Officer Karan who gets martyrdom in Uri attack in first half of the film. He doesn’t share the screen with Vicky Kaushal in second half, still he shines like a star till the time he stays in the film.
Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal and Kirti Kulhari are effective in their roles.
The soldier does several sacrifices every day to safeguard their countrymen. Uri puts a spotlight on the selfless job they are doing with passion in their hearts and fire in their bellies. With a great plot, the film is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army conceptually and a must watch movie.