Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Rajit Kapur, Yami Gautam, Kirti Kulhari
Director: Aditya Dhar
‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’ is an engaging wartime film that strikes the right balance. Inspired by true events, this film does a commendable job of showcasing the precision with which the surgical strikes were carried out by the Indian Army.
In 2016, four heavily armed terrorists attacked an Indian Army camp in a pre-dawn ambush. Nineteen soldiers were martyred in this cowardly attack by militants. India planned its retaliatory action by eliminating key terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). Indian media reported the casualty figure of fidayeens between 35-50 in the surgical attacks.
Aditya Dhar’s debut film is well-made and keeps you hooked. It boasts of slick production qualities where the gun battle and the combat scenes are well-executed. The director shows skill in not only making the war sequences look real and engrossing, but also providing us an insight into what goes into planning a sensitive attack like this one and what it takes to keep things completely confidential until the plans are executed.
Vicky Kaushal had a good 2018 with films such as ‘Raazi’ and ‘Manmarziyan’ being appreciated by critics and the masses alike. As Major Vihan Singh Shergill, Vicky is effective – he is obviously much better in the emotive parts where he is a friend, a son and a brother, but even as a high-ranking army officer he comes across as someone who has the ability to get the job done.
The film does have female actors like Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari playing significant parts but they fail to make an impact. Yami is more convincing as a competent nurse than as a secret agent who can actually scare a suspect into confessing during interrogation. As an IAF officer, Kirti too has very little to do.
What works for ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is that it remains focused on the plot. There are no unnecessary diversions like a romantic track or songs that don’t go with the narrative. The taut script and the sleek action keep you engaged. This war film is definitely worth a watch.