Uri is an upcoming Bollywood military action film written and directed by Aditya Dhar. The cast includes Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal and Yami Gautam. The film is based on the 2016 Uri attack and the following surgical strikes.
The movie is set for release on 11 January 2019.
The teaser for the film was released on 27 September 2018.
Uri: The Surgical Strike – Movie Trailer
Uri: The Surgical Strike – Movie Review
An infantry is travelling together in a bus as one of them is lost in song. An aerial shot reveals the serpentine route the vehicle navigates to cut through the dense forest. A sudden explosion brings them to a jolting halt. One of them gets off the vehicle to investigate and finds a flat tyre. Suddenly, he notices sharp objects scattered across the road and realizes that it’s a trap. But it’s too late. A blinding ambush ensues from behind the bushes and almost every soldier in the bus succumbs to the attack within seconds. This compelling beginning is only a teaser. Based on the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian army to eliminate the terrorist outfits in POK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) as a retaliation to the Uri attacks, this one had the potential to be adapted into a thrilling watch.
The film opens when a SF para military Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) applies for retirement following the successful completion of a certain mission. His resignation is on personal grounds — his mother (Swaroop Sampat) has graduated to a very senior level of Alzheimer’s. The PM offers him an alternative — a desk job in South Block. But when the nation is struck by a crisis and affirmative action must be taken, Shergill is called upon to lead a covert mission to execute surgical strikes to eliminate militant outfits in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The draw of an action film often lies in the mindless action that it packs in. For some, body count matters, for others, the velocity with which they topple could tip the favor. This one plays out like a PUBG Pro gameplay tutorial and is often too convenient and predictable. It’s like playing a first person shooter on cheat mode with full ammo — you can go all guns blazing and chuck grenades in every direction and snipe whoever you feel like. But unlike in those games, since you already know the story here, you also know how this one folds up. So it fails to conjure any tension in any of its turns. Also, the proceedings are oversimplified as if the film was meant for pre-schoolers. “Hum jeet gaye!” someone actually says jubilantly over the walkie-talkie to confirm what we see on the screen in the end.
Kaushal channels just the right intensity, determination and reserve one would expect from a SF para military Major. The vision to portray his personal life and carve him as a caring and concerned son renders him as a layered and yet, more accessible character. This one rests entirely on him and he delivers. Gautam has been wasted here and while her character is not entirely dispensable, it could’ve been snipped, if not nipped. But it is Kirti Kulhari — who plays a widowed pilot who is punished for a certain misconduct by being forced into a desk job but hopes to redeem herself — that has to be the most overwritten part for an extra in a Hindi film ever.
Director Aditya Dhar is tuned in to the action scenes and manages to get the VFX, and most action sequences on point. But then he could’ve been more sensitive to details such as the fact that SF commandos who operate on stealth mode wouldn’t make such a ruckus when on a mission, and the foley sounds should’ve accounted for it. Also, if the film delved a little more into strategy and emotions, it could’ve been more inclusive, if not a more intense watch. Not the chest-beating JP Dutta-type jingoism, but just a dash on what drives these brave men would’ve gone a long way.