Release Date : 11/01/2019
Genre : Action, Drama, War
Director : Aditya Dhar
Duration : 02 hrs 18 mins
Language : Hindi
Aditya Dhar’s unforgiving war drama incorporates the events that led to the surgical strikes as seen through the eyes of protagonist Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal). To make things harder for him, he has personal battles to fight at home as well. War movies have always struggled to balance on the thin line between the terms patriotism and jingoism URI – The Surgical Strike, has successfully delivered a film with the perfect blend of josh, action, and intent.
The film is based on the surgical strikes conducted in 2016 by the Indian Army, against militant launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 35-50 terrorists were reportedly killed in the covert operation, in retaliation to the terrorist attack in Uri that killed 19 Indian soldiers. Subsequently, Pakistan denied the incident. First things first, Vicky Kaushal is on a roll. Interestingly, after playing a valiant Pakistani Army officer in Raazi, here he switches sides and plays an invincible Para (Special Forces) Commando, Indian Army.
Though based on true events, a lot seems far-fetched and thus, questionable. One can overlook a few creative liberties, but there is a deliberate and dramatic attempt to evoke emotions in the first half. While there is no harm in doing so, the emotional manipulation could have been more subtle and less predictable. Vicky Kaushal is a find. He impresses as the Major Vihaan Shergill. Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Paresh Rawal and Kirti Kulhari are effective in their respective roles. The mission that is the premise of this movie is worth a watch on its own.