Movie Review: Uri: The Surgical Strike
Bhubaneswar: Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ released on Friday. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the movie also features Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Paresh Rawal and, Kirti Kulhari.
The movie is based on India’s most publicized surgical strike undertaken at Uri by the Indian Army. on seven terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016. This was in retaliation to a terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri earlier that month. The movie is a fictionalized version of the events.
Vicky Kaushal’s Major Vihaan Shergill wants to leave the army on compassionate grounds as his mother is suffering from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s. When is just about to get transferred to Delhi, his brother-in-law Karan (Mohit Raina), a fellow major in the army gets killed when Pakistan based terrorists strike Uri. Hence, making the surgical strike much more personal for Major Vihaan.
Overall the movie ’Uri: The Surgical Strike’ delivers beautifully. Even though the first half is slow and the premise takes a lot of time to build up. The movie does manage to negate the first hour’s slack by an action-packed second half.
The planning and the execution of the surgical strike is when the excitement builds up.
Various media houses and later, documentaries have given us an idea what all happened at Uri’s surgical strike. Even after knowing all this, the excitement when Vihaan and his team storm across Line of Control. The credit definitely goes to cinematographer Mitesh Mirchandani and director Aditya Dhar.
Vicky Kaushal as Vihaan in ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is in great form and looking every bit as an Army officer. He has a great record till date with blockbuster movies like ‘Masaan’, ‘Raazi’, ‘Sanju’ and ‘Manmarziyaan’.
Actresses Yami Gautam and Kriti Kulhari play an intelligence officer and a skilled pilot respectively. While these are not the stock female characters of typical Hindi movie, but these two definitely don’t have much to do in the movie.
Ultimately, there’s a lot to like in the movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’. The no-nonsense tone with which the movie moves is grippling. It’s Vicky Kaushal’s dedication that compels you to forget the many setbacks and enjoy the film.
We rate the movie at a 3 out of 5.