Uri: The Surgical Strike, among the most profitable movies of all time

Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike refuses to slow down at the box office. The film has crossed the coveted Rs 200 crore mark, and is now an official blockbuster.

Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh says the movie has ample stamina and showcasing (at multiplexes) to cross Rs. 225 crore.


Profit Soars

After such a long time a patriotic movie has done so well at the box office. Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam’s Uri: The Surgical Strike has not only impressed the audience (as well as politicians), it has also managed to arouse a feeling of patriotism.

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No wonder that even our Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “How’s the Josh” when he met a delegation from the film industry.

Uri has been made on a budget of Rs 42 crore (cost – Rs 28 crore, Print and Advertising – Rs 14 crore), and considering the collections, the movies has nw become one of the most profitable films in recent times.

Tax-Free in UP

Despite so many politicians liking the movie, it is a bit surprising that the movie has been declared tax-free only in UP. We just hope that other states also follow suit.

The makers of the movie have promised to donate Rs. 1 crore for the army widows as a mark of respect on Army Day.

Uri Trivia

  • Paresh Rawal’s character in Uri is based on India’s National Security Advisor, Mr. Ajit Doval.
  • Most of the film was shot in Serbia and in Mumbai.
  • Vicky Kaushal trained at the naval base in Cuffe Parade (in Mumbai) for months, under the guidance of Army men. He had to gain substantial weight for the role.

Vicky Kaushal working out for the role.


Based on Real Incidents

Uri is located in the Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir, about 10 kilometres east of the Line of Control with Pakistan.

The 2016 militant attacks in Uri on the security forces were carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed militants and is considered as one of “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”. Eleven days later, the Indian Army announced that it had successfully carried out retaliatory surgical strikes on the launch pads used by militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is based on these events.

Star Cast / Trailer

URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE RELEASE DATE: Jan 11, 2019 (India)
STAR CAST: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Kirti Kulhari
Director: Aditya Dhar
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Run Time: 2 hour 35 Minutes

Uri official trailer

Reviews

Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: News18
Ultimately there’s a lot to admire here, but because it can’t shake off its unmistakably filmi sensibility – which is inherently at odds with the no-nonsense tone it aspires for – it proves thrilling only in parts. The film is too long at nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes and as a result it runs but never flies.I’m going with three out of five for Uri: The Surgical Strike.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: Twitter
Uri is one film that *should* be watched… Absorbing screenplay, superbly executed combat scenes, efficient direction [Aditya Dhar]… #Uri is thrilling, gripping, instills patriotism, without getting jingoistic.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Filmcompanion
Uri: The Surgical Strike is an unabashed love letter to the Indian army. If you want nuance or insight into the hearts and minds of brave men and women who willingly put themselves in the line of fire, you won’t find it here. Writer-director Aditya Dhar positions soldiers as superheroes who might grieve but they never doubt or question their place in an increasingly complicated and polarized world. Unlike Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which clearly was an inspiration, there is no room here for moral ambiguity. In Uri, we get men on a mission. They are propelled by patriotic fervour and aided by fulsome background music.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: Hindustan Times
The target is unprepared, outnumbered and out of bullets. The Pakistani police, like our cops throughout the history of Indian cinema, arrive late to the scene. The Indian army, on the other hand, has everything under control. That efficiency may feel fantastical to an Indian audience, and Uri becomes therefore less a feature film and more an advertisement. Fantasies are about wish-fulfilment. Uri made me wish that Rajit Kapur, this soft-spoken man with no resemblance to Vivek Oberoi, was indeed our Prime Minister.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Ronak Site: Times Of India
The soldiers give up their today for our tomorrow and no words can signify or repay the sacrifices they make for our country. Uri puts a spotlight on the thankless job they do with passion in their hearts and fire in their bellies. The film is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army conceptually but cinematically, it’s not a film without flaws.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express
If that doesn’t mar the experience of the film, I don’t know what does. For a film about active blood-letting, it is curiously bloodless. There are not enough of the rousing goose-bump inducing moments that such films come armed with. When a character shouts, how’s the ‘josh’, you want to add to it: where’s the ‘josh’?
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Udita Site: Firstpost
What Dhar squanders on the screenplay, he makes up for in the details. Stefan Richter’s carefully designed and executed action scenes, Sashwat Sachdev’s thunderous background score, sound mix, sound design and special effects simulate authenticity. As far as war dramas go, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a confidently made film that comes out guns blazing. And when the guns are not blazing, Kaushal certainly is.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Lakshana Site: India Today
Uri: The Surgical Strike is clear from the word go as to which political party it caters to, and makes no secret of it. Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval (Rawal) is seen in practically every scene and is part of every meeting that involves discussions on the surgical strikes. The timing of this film couldn’t have been more perfect.Keeping the affiliations of Uri the film aside (which is a task in itself), it is a decent film for most parts. The first half is far more gripping than the second. Post intermission, the makers themselves seem over-excited, to the point of losing control of the narrative.
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