Director: Aditya Dhar
"Uri: The surgical strike" | A perfect blend of fact and fiction
Depicting a real-life political incident on the screen can be a task, that too when so many films are being banned or questioned in today’s time. But I don’t think Aditya Dhar left any loophole while serving his directorial debut to the audience. Based on the real-life Uri attacks, this film according to me serves as a perfect blend of entertainment and facts.
From the first sequence itself, director makes it clear that the film is not for faint-hearted people. Taken from a true event of history, this film rightfully serves the backdrop of what the surgical strike was, for giving an insight into the life of an army man. Being of the same genre, the film can be compared to the recent releases like Raazi or Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran on the grounds of the story or the execution of a plan used in the film, yet the efforts of director distinguish the film from others.
Irrespective of the number of faces the filmmaker has used in the film, every actor is used to the best of his/her potential. Moreover, they seem to be the perfect fit for their respective roles. Despite a huge cast, Major Vihaan Shergill, played by Vicky Kaushal, remains the centre of the film throughout.
After Raazi, Kaushal raised the expectation bar to a great extent and I can assure you that the man has not disappointed his fans.
The director’s effort in bringing light to the life of a soldier – by unveliling his emotional side – is evident throughout the duration of the film. Uri starts when a tragedy happens in Vihaan’s life because of which he decides to stay in Delhi. While he is away from the border, the story tends to loosen up a bit but some small elements are presented every now and then to keep the audience engaged.
Every now and then, dialogues like “Naya Hindustan hai, ghar mei ghusega bhi aur marega bhi”, or Vihaan’s conversation with his colleague where he says“Vihaan sath ho to koi marr nhi sakda” will definitely trigger patriotism in you. Also, to lighten up the seriousness of the situation where ever needed, the film involves fun characters like Paresh Rawal breaking phones after every call, or a Pakistani officer having a hilarious conversation with his employees. The background music are appropriately used justifying the patriotic vibe of the film. All in all, the director has rightfully used the smallest of elements to serve a perfect package on screen.