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Uri: The Surgical Strike
URI - New poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAditya Dhar
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Screenplay byAditya Dhar
StarringVicky Kaushal
Paresh Rawal
Mohit Raina
Kirti Kulhari
Yami Gautam
Music byShashwat Sachdev
CinematographyMitesh Mirchandani
Edited byShivkumar V. Panicker
Production
company
RSVP Movies
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)[1]
Running time
138 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box office67.92 crore[2]

Uri: The Surgical Strike is a 2019 Indian action film[3][4] written and directed by Aditya Dhar in his debut, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP Movies. The film features Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam in lead roles. A fictionalised account of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack, the film follows Major Vihaan Singh Sherghil of the Indian Army, who plays a leading role in organizing it.[5] Uri was theatrically released on 11 January 2019.[6][7] It received mostly positive reviews from critics[8], and earned a total of ₹ 35.73 crore during its opening weekend.[9]

Plot

Vihaan Singh Shergil (Vicky Kaushal) is a Major in the Indian Army. In an organized attack at the Uri army base in 2016, his brother-in-law (Mohit Raina) is among the killed soldiers. A sorrowful Vihaan vows to seek revenge for both his brother-in-law and the country.

Cast

Production

Uri was announced by producer Ronnie Screwvala after one year of the surgical strike in September, 2017. The film was directed by debutant Aditya Dhar. He said that the film is "the story of what was imagined to have happened in those eleven days."[10] The principal photography began in June 2018 and was finished in September.[11][12] Kaushal went through extensive military training for five months and gained weight. He trained for five hours a day and three to four hours of military training to enhance the stamina. He also received gun training at the naval base in Cuffe Parade in Mumbai.[13] He called it "physically the most challenging film for me".[14] He injured his arm while filming an action sequence in it.[15]

Kaushal and the supporting cast trained at Mumbai’s Navy Nagar with Captains and Majors teaching them slithering, using arms and ammunitions and other drills used by the armed forces.[16] Uri was largely shot in Serbia and was wrapped up in Mumbai.[14] The Indo-Pak border, the LOC and other areas resembling military posts and terrorist camps were recreated in Serbia.[16] Yami Gautam underwent mixed martial arts training.[17] She called the process of shooting as "exhausting yet enjoyable." The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Ivan Rodrigues and Kirti Kulhari .[18] Screwvala said that the film has elements of "war, action, and strategy based on a true story" that the "Indian audience is yet to watch such experience in cinema."[19]

Marketing and Release

A teaser was launched one day before the second anniversary of the strike on 27 September, 2018.[20] The official trailer of film was released on 5 December 2018.[21]

The film was released on 11 January 2019.[1]

Reception

Critical response

The film has a score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews by 6 professional critics.[22] Namrata Joshi writing for The Hindu stated: "Whichever side of the political divide one may stand, one can't dismiss Dhar's canniness and craft, despite knowing that he is lionising the obvious and providing a one-sided narrative." Amman Khurana of Times Now News, giving 3 stars out of 5, comments: "Uri: The Surgical Strike is a rather mature film. It somehow knows that it is catering to the viewer that is tired of watching the men in uniform who thump their chests to show their love and passion for the country." He further has to say: "The stunning cinematography and the VFX work ensure that Uri: The Surgical Strike does not pass off as a comic-book account of the operation." He concludes: "Uri: The Surgical Strike is a good one-time watch. If not for anything else, watch it for Vicky Kaushal, who brings the right amount of intensity to his role and drives the film from start to finish."[23] Tarun Adarsh rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5, says "Uri is one film that *should* be watched… Absorbing screenplay, superbly executed combat scenes, efficient direction Aditya Dhar… Uri is thrilling, gripping, instills patriotism, without getting jingoistic."[24] Raja Sen writing for Hindustan Times stated: "While watching Uri, I kept wondering about the point of such a self-congratulatory film," and rated it 2 stars out of 5.

Box office

In opening weekend the film earned 35.73 crore from domestic circuit. It grossed 59.28 crore from India and 8.64 crore (US$1.2 million) from overseas taking the worldwide gross collection to 67.92 crore.[2]

Soundtrack

URI: The Surgical Strike
Soundtrack album by
Released4 January 2019[25]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length20:05
LanguageHindi
LabelZee Music Company
Shashwat Sachdev chronology
Veere Di Wedding
(2018)
URI: The Surgical Strike
(2019)
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

Shashwat Sachdev composed songs for the film. Kumaar, Raj Shekhar and Abhiruchi Chand are the lyricist.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Challa"KumaarRomy, Vivek Hariharan, Shashwat Sachdev3:27
2."Beh Chala"Raj ShekharYasser Desai, Shashwat Sachdev5:24
3."Jigra"KumaarSiddharth Basrur, Shashwat Sachdev4:00
4."Manzar Hai Ye Naya"Abhiruchi ChandShantanu Sudame, Shashwat Sachdev4:03
5."Jagga Jiteya"KumaarDaler Mehndi, Shashwat Sachdev, Dee MC3:11
Total length:20:05

References

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  2. ^ a b "Uri Box Office collection till- Now Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Raazi for any role". Telegraph India.
  4. ^ "Vicky Kaushal: If a role scares me in a good way, I want to play it". Times of India.
  5. ^ "Uri teaser: Vicky Kaushal starrer on Indian Army's surgical strike looks promising". The Financial Express. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Check out Vicky Kaushal's intense soldier look from Uri, a film based on surgical strike". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ "URI: The Surgical Strike - Cast, Plot, Review".
  8. ^ "Uri box office collection Day 1: Vicky Kaushal's military drama earns Rs 8.20 crore". The Indian Express. 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  9. ^ "Uri box office collection Day 3: Vicky Kaushal film earns Rs 35.73 crore". The Indian Express. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  10. ^ "A year after surgical strikes, Ronnie Screwvala announces URI starring Vicky Kaushal". The Indian Express. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Vicky Kaushal embarks on 'Uri' journey". The Times of India. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  12. ^ "View picture: It's a wrap up for Yami Gautam and Vicky Kaushal's Uri". Pinkvilla. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Uri first look poster: Vicky Kaushal gets ready to lead his paratroopers in surgical strikes across the LoC". Firstpost. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b Dubey, Rachna (28 September 2018). "Vicky Kaushal: 'Uri' was physically the most challenging film for me". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  15. ^ Bhowal, Tiasa (17 July 2018). "Vicky Kaushal Injures Arm While Filming Uri, Keeps Shooting". NDTV. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b Iyer, Sanyukta (25 May 2018). "Vicky Kaushal to play a Para Commando in Uri". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  17. ^ Gupta, Rachit (2 June 2018). "Yami Gautam gets a makeover for her role in 'Uri'". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  18. ^ Dubey, Pranita (1 October 2018). "Yami Gautam Says Shooting For Films Like Uri Is 'Never Easy'". NDTV. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Producer Ronnie Screwvala on Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota: It was a calculated risk taken with conviction". The Indian Express. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Uri teaser: Vicky Kaushal's military drama will leave you with goosebumps". The Indian Express. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  21. ^ "URI - Official Trailer - Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal - Aditya Dhar". YouTube.
  22. ^ Uri (2019), retrieved 2019-01-14
  23. ^ "Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie Review: Mission accomplished, but not without casualties". Times Now News. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  24. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (9 January 2019). "#OneWordReview #UriTheSurgicalStrike: IMPACTFUL. Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️½ #Uri is one film that *should* be watched… Absorbing screenplay, superbly executed combat scenes, efficient direction Aditya Dhar… #Uri is thrilling, gripping, instills patriotism, without getting jingoistic. t.co/tTkEE1H50u" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "Uri: The Surgical Strike - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Saavn.

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