Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie Review 2019- Strokes of Patriotism And Pride

Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie Review 2019- Strokes of Patriotism And Pride

CRITIC'S RATING    3.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    0.0/5
Movie Name
Uri: The Surgical Strike
DIRECTION
Aditya Dhar
GENRE
Action, Drama
DURATION
02 hours 18 minutes

Uri: The Surgical Strike Review


Practically every Indian knows that we struck back at terror by going into PoK, finishing five terror camps and returning without a single casualty on our side. A splendid mix of valour and patriotism, it's a story that needed to be told as a proud moment for India.

Written & directed by Aditya Dhar, there are some very well-handled scenes. One is the aftermath of the terror strikes that killed 19 Indian soldiers practically in their sleep. It's an emotional time for Major Vihaan Shergill who has lost a dear member of the family. And the military farewell brings a tear to the eye. It also makes the retaliation by the Indian army very personal for Vihaan.

Dhar takes a while to settle down and initial scenes like the strike inside Myanmar are not well spelt out for those who know nothing about it. Dhar should've found a better way of narrating it.

But the suddenness of an ambush on unsuspecting soldiers in a bus and some of the details of the surgical strike are professionally documented and well shot. A bit of amusement and some anxious moments come from Garud, the drone that a young intern makes which helps the Indian side plan its counter-attack on terror camps.

For a first-timer, Dhar strikes the right notes most of the time. By adding the family track where Vihaan is torn between his ailing mother and his motherland, he injects the right touch of emotions into the screenplay. He also gets crisp performances from Vicky Kaushal as Vihaan and Paresh Rawal who plays the National Security Advisor. There's a neat original touch when Rawal keeps breaking his cell phone and his assistant quietly hands him a substitute.

But there is a little twinge that a terrific subject doesn't completely have you rooting all the way. For instance, just because he's the enemy, does a Pakistani officer have to obnoxiously burp? Instead of quickly returning to base, Vihaan rams down the enemy's throat the predictable line that if you dare barge into our house and kill us, we'll also barge into yours and finish you. Ho hum for that tiresome predictability.

Some of the realism is also robbed by fictionalising all the main players of the surgical strikes like turning NSA AjitDovalinto Govind. With Rajit Kapoor given a Narendra Modi getup and people looking like Manohar Parrikar and Rajnath Singh, it could have turned a tad comic but one is relieved that the Prime Minister and the former Defence Minister are shown with restrained dignity.

Yami Gautam, Kirti Kulhari and Swaroop Sampat have brief but effective roles.


Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.


Analysis

    Direction
    3.5/5
  • Dialogues
    2/5
  • Story
    4/5
  • Music
    2/5
  • Screen Play
    2.5/5

The Verdict

There will be a section of people who’ll term it jingoistic since patriotism and nationalism seem to have become sneer words for some. Vihaan barking, ‘How’s the josh?’ to his team is a line that many would find very army-like but will be made fun of by that section.

Though it has its flaws, Uri: The Surgical Strike hits some right buttons and gets a 3* rating.


 

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