Verdict: Vicky Kaushal strikes right into your patriotic hearts.
War movies have always struggled to balance on the thin line between the terms patriotism and jingoism. Aditya Dhar, in his debut directorial URI – The Surgical Strike, has successfully delivered a film with the perfect blend of josh, action, and intent. Starring Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Rajit Kapur, and Mohit Raina, the movie is a great start of the Bollywood year 2019.
What’s URI: The Surgical Strike About:
The movie revolves around Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) who is a master of attack strategies and has just executed a successful mission. He has decided to take early retirement because of his mother who is suffering from stage six Alzheimer’s. Instead of retirement, he is offered a desk job by the Prime Minister and he takes it. While he is in Delhi, Pakistani terrorists execute an attack at the URI military camp. The loss makes Vihaan go back to the borders, to plan and execute a surgical strike. The movie is divided into five chapters and takes you through the journey of the Indian Army and NSA – how they executed the answer to what was reported as “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”.
The story of the movie is a winner itself. You know when you are going in for a movie that is going to remind you how much you love your country, the emotions start pouring in right from the time you stand for the National Anthem. URI keeps you on the edge of your seats right from the beginning. It charges you emotionally with every victory and loss. While the focus stays more on the back-end of the operation, the screenplay strikes a balance between action and strategy.
The movie hits the bull’s eye when it comes to the cast and performances. Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan Shergill is extremely convincing. His dedication for the character shows with his body language and a totally new physique. You’ll see him run, combat, slither and shoot and he does all of it with finesse. Paresh Rawal is the backbone of both the operation and the movie. Rajit Kapur, Mohit Raina, and Yami Gautam are great as the backing force behind the mission. They weave the story together, making the movie a complete package.
The background score enhances all the emotional, action and preparatory sequences. The music is purely there to prepare you for what’s coming. The adrenaline dose is already high because of the unlimited ammo, pulling of triggers and the clanking of the cartridge, music just adds the cherry on the top. The action sequences and the VFX are smoothly done. If you are a PUBG person, you will definitely feel like you are looking at a stunning game-play on the big screen.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While there’s nothing wrong with trying to focus on the emotional side of a story and building up to a successful mission, it takes away the screen space that could’ve been used to show the effort and training of the team that actually executes the strike.
Why You Should Watch:
The mission that is the premise of this movie is worth a watch on its own. It shows how the forces on our borders strive justice and go to any extent to provide the same. Vicky Kaushal is a find. He impresses as the Major Vihaan Shergill, like he has impressed us before numerous times. You may like the movie either because of the intent behind the mission, because of the planning or probably because of the execution. But if anyone asks you “How’s the josh?” after this movie, your reply will definitely be “High, sir”.