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||RSVP Movies|
|Box office||est. ₹342.06 crore|
Uri: The Surgical Strike is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language military action film. It is the directorial debut of Aditya Dhar who also wrote the film. It features Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam in lead roles.
Uri was theatrically released on 11 January 2019, and grossed over ₹342 crore (US$53 million) worldwide. Based on domestic net collection, the film is among top ten in the list of Hindi films with highest domestic net collection. It won four National Film Awards, including Best Direction (Dhar) and Best Actor (Kaushal).
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Marketing and release
- 5 Reception
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Impact
- 8 Soundtrack
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The film is divided into five chapters.
The Seven Sisters (North-east India)
The first chapter opens up with an ambush in June 2015 on the convoy of the Indian Army troops in Chandel, Manipur by NSCN(K) militants. In retaliation, Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal), a Para SF officer and his unit including his brother-in-law Major Karan Kashyap (Mohit Raina) infiltrate and attack the Northeastern militants and also kill its key leader responsible for the ambush. After a successful strike the Prime Minister of India (Rajit Kapur) congratulates him and the whole unit at a formal dinner. Vihaan requests an early retirement as he wants to be close with his mother who is suffering from Stage VI Alzheimer's on which the Prime Minister offers him to a desk job at New Delhi near his mother instead of retirement to which he agrees.
The second chapter shows Vihaan taking a desk job at the Integrated Defence Staff HQ in New Delhi and him spending time with his family. This segment also shows a brief description of the Pathankot attack. A nurse named Jasmine D'Almeida (Yami Gautam) is assigned to take care of Vihaan's mother. Vihaan meets an Indian Air Force pilot named Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur (Kirti Kulhari) who is trying to prove her patriotism to her martyred husband who was an army officer who died in an ambush. One fine day his mother goes missing. He searches for her and he blames Jasmine for ignorance and tells Jasmine that there is no need for her security. Vihaan's mother is found under a bridge and Jasmine reveals herself as an intelligence agent. The film reveals a note of why the families of the special forces soldiers were given security due to the threat from the North-eastern terrorists.
Bleed India with a Thousand Cuts (Uri, Jammu and Kashmir)
On 19 September 2016, four heavily armed militants attack the brigade headquarters at Uri, Jammu and Kashmir at dawn, killing 19 soldiers in their sleep. The terrorists are killed but Karan dies in grenade explosion due to accidentally pulling the pin which was attached to the terrorist's rifle which he picked up to examine . The whole family becomes devastated including Vihaan. The Ministry decides to take strict action against the perpetrators of the attack. National Security Advisor Govind Bharadwaj (Paresh Rawal) suggests the idea of a surgical strike. The Prime Minister gives it a go and gives ten days for the strike. Vihaan leaves his desk job and leaves for Northern Command base Udhampur. He requests Chief of the Army Staff General Arjun Singh Rajawat (Shishir Sharma) to count him in the operation to which he agrees. Vihaan chooses the elite Ghatak Force commandos from the Bihar Regiment and the Dogra Regiment along with the special forces as most of the soldiers killed in the attack were from these regiments. Vihaan informs them that they are no longer able to use their phones, and disguises the mission as regular training exercises. The commandos begin their training.
During the planning, Govind ropes in ISRO (for providing satellite images), DRDO (for drone surveillance) and RAW (for intelligence). When he goes to meet the DRDO Chief Brian D'souza (Ivan Rodrigues), he chances to meet an intern named Ishaan who has developed a drone called Garuda which looks and is shaped like an Eagle. With the help of the drones and satellite images they are able to get the exact location of the hideouts and training camps of the terrorists. Jasmine reveals her true name as Pallavi Sharma to Vihaan. During an interrogation, Vihaan and Pallavi are able to get the information about the handlers of the attack. He chooses Seerat to be his pilot, who agrees wholeheartedly. Govind also suggests to intensify the artillery shelling at the border for distraction and also to paint their assault helicopters with Pakistani Air Force markings. The commandos also start training under Vihaan. The Pakistani officials suspect the Indian activities but dismiss it due to underestimation.
The Surgical Strike (Pakistan occupied Kashmir)
On the night of 28 September, the commandos leave for the strike in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (POK) in Mi-17 helicopters. During the mission Vihaan's helicopter is forced not to cross the Line of Control due to latest intelligence from spies in Pakistan that the Pakistani Army has deployed an "AWAC" Early Warning Radar based Surface to Air Missile system in Muzafarabad sector to bring their helicopter down. He and his team improvise by going on foot through a cave (which was very risky due to darkness and the unknown presence of other terrorists). His team successfully infiltrate and kill all the terrorists on the two launchpads. Similarly, other commando teams also manage to kill all of the terrorists. Vihaan kills Idris and Jabbar, who are the perpetrators of the Uri attack. The local police are alerted and the commandos who are low on ammunition and time escape. On their way back, they are heavily rained down upon by gunfire from both a nearby machine gun bunker and a Pakistani Air Force Mi-17 Helicopter which was scrambled to intercept Vihaan's team. Flight Lieutenant Seerat comes to their rescue by firing back both at the Pakistani gunship thus driving it away and eliminating the machine gun bunker. His team successfully crosses LoC on the Indian side with no casualties. The rest of the assigned teams are also successful and are back with no casualties. Vihaan lands at Hindon Air Force Station at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The film ends with him, Pallavi, Govind and the commandos happily having a formal dinner with the Prime Minister.
In a post-credits scene, Zameer, a Pakistani minister wakes up and shouts in frustration while seeing the news of India's successful surgical strike and the scene cuts to a title card reading "Jai Hind" (Victory to India).
- Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (Para SF team leader)
- Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Govind Bhardwaj (character based on Ajit Doval)
- Yami Gautam as Pallavi Sharma / Jasmine D'Almeida, an undercover intelligence agent
- Mohit Raina as Major Karan Kashyap (Para SF sniper)
- Kirti Kulhari as Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur (IAF officer)
- Rajit Kapur as Prime Minister of India (character based on Narendra Modi)
- Ivan Rodrigues as Brian D'Souza (DRDO chief)
- Yogesh Soman as Defence Minister of India Ravinder Agnihotri (character based on Manohar Parrikar)
- Manasi Parekh Gohil as Neha Shergill Kashyap
- Swaroop Sampat as Suhasini Shergill
- Shishir Sharma as COAS General Arjun Singh Rajawat (character based on General Dalbir Singh Suhag)
- Satyajit Sharma as Lt. General Ajay Garewal
- Riva Arora as Suhani Kashyap
- Dhairya Karwa as Captain Sartaj Singh Chandhok (SF officer)
- Padam Bhola as Vikram Dabas (SF commando)
- Anurag Mishra as K. S. Venkatesh (SF commando)
- Navtej Hundal as Home Minister of India (character Based on Rajnath Singh)
- Kamal Malik as Interior Minister of Pakistan
- Sukhwinder Chahal as Pakistani police officer of POK
- Akashdeep Arora as Ishaan (DRDO intern, "Garuda" drone operator)
- Rukhsar Rehman as Asma
- Ujjwal Chopra as Asma's husband
- Abrar Zahoor as Idris Khan
- Rakesh Bedi as Senior Pakistani ISI officer
- Nishant Singh as Rahil Hussain
- Ajit Shidhaye as Zubair Ahmad, Pakistani officer
- Aamir Yaseen as Faheem Khan
- Adarsh Gautam as Major Lateef
- Anil George as Zameer, Pakistani minister
- Kamaljeet Rana as Uri militant
Uri was announced by producer Ronnie Screwvala one year after the surgical strike in September 2017. The film was to be 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. The film was digitally premiered on ZEE5 Platform on 19 March 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 Tamil Rockers within a week of release.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 70% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 5.86/10. 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." Taran 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.
Uri: The Surgical Strike in opening weekend earned ₹35.73 crore from domestic circuit. In the first weekend, the film collected ₹70.94 crore from India. It grossed ₹289.68 crore from India and ₹52.38 crore (US$7.6 million) from overseas, taking the worldwide gross collection to ₹342.06 crore (US$53 million).
The film crossed the ₹100 crore (US$15 million) mark in gross collection on 8th day of its release. It took 15 days to gross ₹200 crore (US$31 million) and in its fourth week of release, it grossed ₹300 crore (US$46 million). It took seven weeks to gross ₹342 crore (US$53 million) worldwide.
|Box office performance|
|Days to achieve||Worldwide gross||Notes|
|8||₹100 crore (US$15 million)|||
|15||₹200 crore (US$31 million)|
|28||₹300 crore (US$46 million)|
Uri: The Surgical Strike is the 2nd highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019. Based on domestic net collection, the film is among top ten in the list of Hindi films with highest domestic net collection.
Awards and nominations
|National Film Awards||9 August 2019||Best Director||Aditya Dhar||Won|
|Best Actor||Vicky Kaushal|
|Best Audiography||Bishwadeep D. Chatterjee|
|Best Music Director||Shashwat Sachdev|
The protagonist in the film asks his squad "How's the Josh?" (Hinglish for "How's the spirit?") The squad replies "High, Sir!". This question is asked to the cadets in military academies in India to test their enthusiasm. This dialogue went viral over Indian social media. The dialogue was quoted by several individuals and institutions. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the National Museum of Indian Cinema of Films Division of India in Mumbai, asked this question at the beginning of his address to the film fraternity attending the ceremony. The Indian Cricket Team, after winning ODI series in New Zealand, raised the morale of the team by asking "How’s the Josh?" for the coming Twenty20 series; and Mumbai Police used the slogan to raise awareness about cybersecurity.
|Uri: The Surgical Strike|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 January 2019|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Shashwat Sachdev chronology|
|1.||"Challa (Main Lad Jaana)"||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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