Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE was the first major release of the year 2019 and became a phenomenal hit. Also, it was directed by Aditya Dhar who made his debut and has given one of the biggest hits of 2019.
Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) is conducting a surgical strike with the commandos and he is leading the strike against North-East insurgents hiding in Myanmar. Some days ago, they had carried out a dastardly attack on an Indian Army infantry convoy in Chandel district of Manipur. Vihaan’s mother (Swaroop Sampat) is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and he wants to leave the army on compassionate grounds to look after his mother. He's transferred instead as so he can be with his mother. His brother-in-law Karan (Mohit Raina), a fellow major in the army gets killed when Pakistan based terrorists strike Uri. Vihaan asks permission to lead a counter-strike across the border. What happens later forms the crux of the story.
The film is as usual full of sacrifices of soldiers to his country. You get to see the personal side of a professional soldier and can relate to the sacrifices he gets to make while serving his country. Vicky is not romantically linked with Yami Gautam who plays both a nurse and a spy. Kirti Kulhari plays a grounded helicopter pilot. The josh of the soldiers is shown to be an all-time high as well. One gets the feeling that we are watching a revenge drama. It's more open war than a surgical strike. Performance-wise, it is Vicky Kaushal who is simply superb. The rest of the cast who are mostly soldiers are also very good. Both Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari have no scope but they do make their presence felt. Swaroop Sampat makes a welcome comeback on the big screen. The film’s biggest USP is the Sound department. The film also excels in action. Camerawork, editing, production, and technical values are grand.
The success of this film also brought to the notice of India’s PM Narendra Modi who addressed the film’s best one liner: “ How’s the Josh” in a speech to the Indian soldiers after the film. The film’s lifetime business has crossed Rs. 300 crores. Also, the super success of this film has brought the hero Vicky Kaushal to the big league of star-actors in Bollywood.
Directed by - Aditya Dhar
Produced by - Ronnie Screwvala
Music by - Shashwat Sachdev
Cinematography - Mitesh Mirchandani
Edited by - Shivkumar V. Panicker
Production company - RSVP Movies
Distributed by - RSVP MoviesBy Bombay Talkies
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