What Say’s Mr. Ahwaan about ‘URI – The Surgical Strike’
“Deeply absorbing and pulsating, URI keeps you at the edge of your seat”
Before watching URI, I had developed a preconceived idea about Vicky Kaushal and his positioning of an Army officer based on the 2018 hit Raazi.I was wrong! The character ‘Major Vivaan Shergill’ played by him is so overpowering that I almost forgot the Kaushal. URI,directed by Aditya Dhar, is a fast-paced, unrelenting thriller based on the surgical strike conducted on the POK based militants in September 2016 by our Indian Army, as a retaliation to their unprecedented armed strike.
Dhar crafts this intelligent, chronologically sequenced drama alongside the emotional journey of the protagonist who is engrieved by a personal boss and abandons the comfort zone to champion the mission, also promising the PM ( played by Raj it Kapoor) that he will bring back all the jawaans safe and alive. The film follows a water-tight narration, astutely shading light on the minute details thereby keeping you hooked to its chapter-wise splits. Even the auxiliary details are cleverly touched , like the one where we are told that the families of army men who were appointed in North eastern areas, were protected by intelligence.
Dhar, whose forte is dialogues ( he wrote dialogues for Aakrosh and Tezz), steers clear of melodrama and chest-thumping jingoism and rather adopts a tense, subdued tonality. Uri exudes a sense of brilliance in the technical departments – it is arduously shot and covers the tough terrains.As a discerning viewer, I could sense a lot of similarity between its sequences and that of Zero Dark Thirty, specially involving an interrogation scene and the climactic assault.
It greatly reeks of solid performances. Vicky Kaushal is bang-on! He channels the aggression and vendetta with heart-breaking authenticity and conviction.Paresh Rawal, whose character Govind is modelled on Ajit Doval( National Security Advisor to PM), brings in that unmistakable sheen to his part. Mohit Raina impresses in the short part.Both Vicky and Raina have beefed up their physicality to look like real para-military officials. The devotion just reflects on the screen.Both Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulari do adequate justice to their characters.
At 2 hours and 18 minutes of run time , there is no moment that can let you down.URI just not celebrates the courage, valour and patriotism of the Indian Army but also becomes a reminder of our country’s zero tolerance to terrorism.
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