Director: Aditya Dhar
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Kirti Kulhari, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal & Mohit Raina
Written by: Aditya Dhar
URI is based on a true incident that transpired 3 years ago; the surgical strike that India did on Pakistan as the retaliation of the terrorist attack carried out by Pakistan.
The film opens depicting the Indian soldiers being ambushed in Manipur, followed by retaliation by the forces on terror bases across the India – Myanmar border in the North East. From her the story follows the protagonist Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal), who is a Para (Special Forces) Commando, is looking to take retirement owing to his mother’s ill health as she is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Meanwhile, Pakistani terrorists have carried out an attack at Uri base camp in Kashmir. Vihaan’s childhood friend and his brother in law Captain Karan Kashyap (Mohit Raina)along with his other fellow army mates are martyred in this attack. Due to this, Vihaan is affected quite emotionally and vows to take revenge for his fallen brothers by leading the strike force. Govind (Paresh Rawal) – a possible stand-in for National Security Advisor Ajit Doval – suggests a retaliatory “surgical” strike similar to that carried out by Israel back in 1972. With the orders from the PM (Rajit Kapur) and under the guidance of Govind, Vihaan puts together a special team to conduct the surgical strikes. Then enters Special Agent Pallavi who helps Vihaan in detecting the locations of the launchpads and the details of the targets. The execution of this surgical strikes across the PoK is what forms the rest of the film.
Aditya Dhar’s war drama shows the events that led to the surgical strikes, seen through the eyes of the protagonist, is based on the true life incidents and is more of a revelation of what transpired. It manages to grip the viewers with the curious story that it says while entertaining them at the same time. The film also manages to instill patriotism in the viewers to an extent as well. URI is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army.
Technically the film was great. Cinematography by Mitesh Mirchandani is good and manages to catch all the action nicely. The editing by Shivkumar Panicker is crisp and to the point and maintains the pace throughout. There is not much scope for music in this film but the background score was good and manages to add to the scenes and lift them. The script has been written with great honesty and does justice to the events that transpired.
Performances from the cast were good. Vicky Kaushal has come a long way since his debut and is just collecting more and more fans with each film he does. His portrayal of Major Vihaan Shergill is brilliant and to the point. Yami Gautam is good as the special agent. Kirti Kulhari also does good in her minimal role. Paresh Rawal as Govind Bhardwaj, Mohit Raina as Major Karan Kashyap, Yogesh Soman as Ravinder Agnihotri, and Rajit Kapur as PM Narendra Modi have all managed to do well in their roles.
Director Aditya Dhar has done a great job of getting this story behind the surgical strikes out to the audiences. He has done well to tell this gritty story and has kept the audiences gripped throughout.
At the box-office
The film has taken a sensational start and is carrying great reports as well which means we’re looking at the first clear cut hit of the year in the second week already!