Uri: The Surgical Strike
|Uri: The Surgical Strike|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Aditya Dhar|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala|
|Screenplay by||Aditya Dhar|
|Music by||Shashwat Sachdev|
|Edited by||Shivkumar V. Panicker|
|Distributed by||Zee Studios|
|Box office||₹126.38 crore|
Uri: The Surgical Strike is a 2019 Indian action film 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 dramatised 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. Uri was theatrically released on 11 January 2019. Receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film earned a total of ₹35.73 crore during its opening weekend.
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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.
- Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihan Singh Shergill
- Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Govind Bhardwaj (character based on Ajit Doval)
- Yami Gautam as Pallavi Sharma / Jasmine (RAW agent)
- Mohit Raina as Major Karan Kashyap
- Kirti Kulhari as Seerat Kaur, an IAF Officer
- Rajit Kapur as Prime minister of India (character based on Narendra Modi)
- Ivan Rodrigues as Brian D'souza
- Yogesh Soman as Manohar Parrikar
- Manasi Parekh Gohil as Neha Kashyap
- Swaroop Sampat as Suhasini Shergill
- Shishir Sharma as General Arjun Singh Rajawat (Character based on Gen. Dalbir Singh)
- Satyajit Sharma as Lt. General Ajay Garewal
- Riva Arora as Suhani Kashyap
- Dhairya Karwa as Captain Sartaj Singh
- Padam Bhola as SF Commando Vikram Dabas
- Anurag Mishra as SF Commando K.S Venkatesh
- Yogesh Soman as Ravinder Agnihotri
- Navtej Hundal as Home Minister
- Kamal Malik as Pakistan Interior Minister
- Sukhwinder Chahal as Pakistan Police Officer
- Rukhsar Rehman as Asma
- Manish Chaudhary as Asma's Husband
- Abrar Zahoor as Idris
- Rakesh Bedi as Senior Pakistani Intelligence Official
- Ujjwal Chopra as an Indian Intelligence Agent stationed in Pakistan
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." The principal photography began in June 2018 and was finished in September. 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. He called it "physically the most challenging film for me". He injured his arm while filming an action sequence in it.
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. Uri was largely shot in Serbia and was wrapped up in Mumbai. The Indo-Pak border, the LOC and other areas resembling military posts and terrorist camps were recreated in Serbia. Yami Gautam underwent mixed martial arts training. She called the process of shooting as "exhausting yet enjoyable." The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Ivan Rodrigues and Kirti Kulhari . 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."
Marketing and release
The film was released on 11 January 2019. To curtail piracy, the makers of Uri: The Surgical Strike deployed a 3.8 gigabyte fake version of the film over networks like torrent. However, the film was leaked by the bootleg website Tamilrockers within a week of release.
The film has a score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews by 6 critics. 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." 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." 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.
In opening weekend the film earned ₹35.73 crore from domestic circuit. It grossed ₹117.74 crore from India and ₹8.64 crore (US$1.2 million) from overseas taking the worldwide gross collection to ₹126.38 crore.
|URI: The Surgical Strike|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 January 2019|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Shashwat Sachdev chronology|
|1.||"Challa"||Kumaar||Romy, Vivek Hariharan, Shashwat Sachdev||3:27|
|2.||"Beh Chala"||Raj Shekhar||Yasser Desai, Shashwat Sachdev||5:24|
|3.||"Jigra"||Kumaar||Siddharth Basrur, Shashwat Sachdev||4:00|
|4.||"Manzar Hai Ye Naya"||Abhiruchi Chand||Shantanu Sudame, Shashwat Sachdev||4:03|
|5.||"Jagga Jiteya"||Kumaar||Daler Mehndi, Shashwat Sachdev, Dee MC||3:11|
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