To be honest, the last war Bollywood film that interest me to the core was Border because not only the idea was novel but also the disparate treatment it was backed with. Since 1997, the filmmakers went through either the long last infertility in terms of coming up with such an outstanding idea or ended up showcasing soul lacked plots full of loud dialogues against our archrival.
However, today’s release Uri- The Surgical Strike seems to put an end to the drought we had been witnessing since long. So, how does it match the bar already set for such war films years
Based on the 2016 Uri attack by four heavily armed militants on the Army Base near the town Uri located in Jammu and Kashmir. India then pledged to reply the militant groups who were responsible for the attack had their locus in the POK. The Surgical Strike was the India’s reply to Pakistan that nurtures such activities. Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) , who is all set to take VRS for his Alzheimer afflicted mother, is picked as the lead to execute this top secret mission.
Screenplay and Dialogues
Keeping the maxim “Naya Hindustan” (New India) in mind, Aditya Dhar pens down Uri after the research of two years and his perseverance is clearly visible, but the parallel family drama spoils your taste a little. Moreover, his constant hints to appreciate the government sometimes overpowers the key emotion of love for the nation.
On the other hand, had the writer restrained himself to avoid adding some child-like scene, e.g. a Pakistani soldier captures a drone and believes that it’s a toy. An army officer, no matter which country it belongs to, is now enough familiar with such tools.
Overall, the first half is relatively slow while the action overflows in the latter one because the incidents occur fast faced and the story keeps you engrossed throughout.
Dialogues also by Aditya Dhar, are reasonable and ignite passion for the country in hearts. “How is Josh…High sir!”, and some bold statements by our female lead Yami “Jayda natak kiya na to tere akhrot tere muh se bahar nikal dungi” and “Ye Naya Hindustan Hai, Ye Ghar Me Ghusega Bhi Aur Marega Bhi”.
However, had he included some more such punches, the audience would have brought the house down.
The debutant director Aditya Dhar gets everything right except a set of fumbles. This is probably the first time you see night vision action scenes, which are backed with new technology and offers a great cinematic experience. The parallel family angle could have been reduced to the minimum to keep the Josh High for the film. However, much of its nuisance is cut off at the editing table and the 2 hours 7 minutes long film keeps your interest alive.
Vicky Kaushal once again shines and nails the character of an Army Major. He excels in whatever is thrown at him and brings out his best in the first full-fledged action role. Yami Gautam hardly gets much space, but she also impresses. Mohit Raina is promising whereas Kirti Kulhari, in a specific role, leaves a decent impression. Paresh Rawal and Rajit Kapoor (playing Modi) leave a substantial mark.
The lack of a track smeared with high patriotic sentiments limits your ecstasy. Although, ‘Challa’ and ‘Jigra’ have some spark while the rest just carry over the drama.
Why Should You Watch?
You might not find anything novel, but it holds your interest throughout. Watch for another outstanding show by the young powerhouse of talent Vicky Kaushal.
Check Out the Uri-The Surgical Strike Trailer!