Uri: The Surgical Strike is an Indian action film based on the fictional 2016 Indian Army’s surgical strikes on Pakistan Administered Kashmir as a retaliation for the Uri attack. The movie is written and directed by debutant Aditya Dhar and is produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RVPS movies.
In 2016, the Indian Army conducted the surgical strikes against the militant launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Uri terrorist attack, in retaliation to it 35-55 terrorists were killed in a covert operation. Subsequently, Pakistan denied the incident.
Aditya Dhar’s war drama incorporates all the ingredients of a masala entertainer. It has a high dose of an action scene, good sounds of weapons and bullets and many whistle worthy dialogues. On the top of it all a terrific lead Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) who leads the operation. Uri is designed as a revenge film.
Vicky Kaushal plays a Para (Special Forces) Commando, Indian Army. His sincere and effortless presence adds depth to the film. what makes it engaging is the execution of the mission. Despite knowing the end result, you watch the events unfold with childlike intrigue the complex plan was classified. it is a process where 80 Indian Para SF commandos manage to infiltrate the Pok and destroy the terror camps.
High-end artillery, night- vision goggles and choppers are used in the film. this makes the film high on the technical front. The gun battles, hand to hand combat scenes and sniper shots are realistically shot. The Direction of Aditya Dhar is amusing and engageing. In combat mission films, a sound effect plays a very crucial role which is totally giving justice to the storytelling of the film.
The movie is based on true events, but one can look at a few creative liberties. The first half of the movie dramatically evokes emotions. But this emotional manipulation could have been more subtle. Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, and Kriti Kulhari are all effective in their respective roles.
The soldiers give their life for their country and one can never repay their sacrifices. Uri puts a spotlight on their sacrifices. This film is a great tribute to the Indian army, conceptually and cinematographically.