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Movie Review: Uri: The Surgical Strike

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Producer Ronnie Screwvala

Director- Aditya Dhar

Star Cast- Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Swaroop Sampat, Kirti Kulhari and Yamil Gautam

Genre- Drama

Rating- ***

A One Time Watch!

Jyothi Venkatesh

Following Pakitstan’s roguish terrorist attacks at Uri Army Base camp in Kashmir, India decides to take the fight to the enemy, in its most successful covert operation till date with one and only one objective of avenging their fallen heroes. Just like a book on history, Uri The Surgical Strike has four chapters, each leading to the significant and historic surgical strike which was conducted by the Indian army.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have been reduced to being mere caricatures while the mastermind behind the entire operation is shown to be Paresh Rawal who plays the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Paresh Rawal as always has justified his part while Yami who played the Intelligence officer has been relegated to the sidelines  as her part has very little to do.  Swaroop Sampat who is seen after a long time is superb ion her small role as Vicky’s mother who suffers from Alzheimer

Yet another consummate artiste, Kirti Kulhari plays the Indian Air Force officer, Seemat Kaur, who plays a key role in the entire operation but the whole sequence of choosing the best team for the purpose seems to be driven more by emotions than logic. The screenplay proves to be a major drawback, especially as at times it doesn’t hold you in its entirety and has its highs and lows.

The 2016 Surgical Strike has been a big accomplishment for the Indian Government; and has been controversial and politicized too with the leader of the opposition Rahul Gandhi even questioning the Indian Army and the whole basis of the operation. Though the screenplay could have been crisper and the running time could have easily been reduced to just two hours instead of two and a half hours, I’d say that Uri: The Surgical Strike is a onetime watch.

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