Unabashed, Raw and soulful
Troops of army men cross the walls of Pakistani posts, late night. Major Vihaan Sheirgill gets in a hand-to-hand fight with the Pakistani general. When the war is won in the half-morning dew, you feel true pride for your country.
But the sad reality is, you get utterly exhausted once the end credit scenes fade out, as it is too much of the reality mixed with melodrama instead of making you root for a true drama.
This RSVP production is based on the true events which happened in Uri town, Jammu & Kashmir state (presently the Union Territory). The surgical strike was the biggest Indian strike by the armed forces in Asia. This is an important story where the nationalistic spirit flowed through our veins. The soaring story roars, and just too loudly, in this over-ambitious film which tries to do too many things- tell an important story, make an electoral comment, pay homage to the army and give an insight into the lives of emotional whirlpools of the captains and majors.
But what should have made you feel proud of their tendency to always sacrifice their lives for the motherland, seems a little overdone. The film is also problematically too lengthy. This sucks out all the originality and makes it just another army film made in Bollywood.
But it has an admirable starcast which performs effectively- Mohit Raina breathes life in a short performance, and Vicky Kaushal, as always is just terrific as Major Vihaan. Although his ambitions seem too Bollywood in style, Kaushal gives it a flight of substance. Kirti Kulhari is just a rendition as fancy arthouse cast, but she gets most of it right in a terribly underwritten, underrated character.
And then, the cinematography too is wonderful. The film is shot majestically and the working conditions of army men have been impeccably shot.
The storytelling has its own dimensions which are applaudable and worth the masses to cheer up.
But unfortunately, the film needed a little more things to be bucked up. It's 3.5 of 5 for Uri. You can surely watch it as a significant story, and as a full-time it has been delightfully textured and Aditya Dhar has so well made the film that you forget all of its flaws. Forget what I complained about the film. Just go and watch.
First great action movie by Bollywood this year!
URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE is the first great action movie by Bollywood this year. Stylish guns, cool explosions and a clapworthy execution make this film truly epic by all standards. Vicky Kaushal, please do more such action movies in the future. You've earned a sincere fan.
If you're an action buff or/and a viewer who likes real-event movies, this one is a must watch. URI is handled well by Aditya Dhar who balances action and emotion very well. Don't mistake it for a war movie. It's about a surgical strike, which means a military attack carried out with the intention of damaging only a legitimate military target and to prevent a full-blown war.
Action is the best thing about the film. If you're a PUBG fan, the nonstop action will definitely impress you. While most of the action involves guns, some fight sequences involving fists will also make a crunchy impact. The director has tried to avoid gore for a major part and thus it's low even in the few parts where it's present.
All actors impressed big time. Vicky Kaushal finally did an action movie and didn't disappoint. Paresh Rawal's neat performance is praiseworthy. Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari also shine in their strongly written roles. Mohit Raina makes his presence felt. Music, dialogues and cinematography are all top notch.
It was after a long time that the multiplex audience cheered throughout and clapped at the end of a movie. I'm one of them too.
Ajay films critic
excellent movie. realistic, very exited