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Slick war action could make it worth a watch. But be warned, the forced and never-ending emotional drama is a bit much and the propaganda is inescapable.Read more
What about a story of one country’s surgical strike as revenge against a terrorist attack might have needed personal vengeance for an adrenaline boost? That the end is known all too well. Looks like the makers were confident that they would need additional masala because they knew they wouldn’t be able to create interest through the basic story of the strikes. That makes patriotism a bystander in this story of one person’s bravery, his personal vendetta and actually some guilt. That converts the entire real-life operation into a one-man mission even though there are hundreds of people which make it happen. That’s not too bad, is it? Reel-life hero is better than real-life, one-man political hero. But hey, you get that too! Two for the price of one. Yep, an overall generic super-hero film with not-so-subtle propaganda as agenda.
a reminder to the audience that India has competent military acumen, intelligence, equipment, and execution power.
Even so, you could watch the film just for the execution of the slick action sequences. Both the camerawork, especially in the low-lit scenes and the editing make for an engaging viewing time. The quieter times though, the scenes that are not in the war zone are rather drab. While the camera and the editing can’t be blamed for the slack, the writing is lacklustre and drawn out.
The lines aren’t great in these scenes or the scenes during war time. It is a tall ask from even the best of actors to instill vigor into a one-word, answer “high” when the question is visibly forced, “how’s the josh?” You then have other details filled in by some toilet humor, caricaturisation of most Pakistani officers, and so on.
Sure, there are some redeeming attributes to the writing. While the emotional rope is tugged hard as an inescapable part of action films, there are subtler moments in the war scenes that recognise that a soldier needs to understand human nature to do his work better. And these couple of moments work much better than the in-the-face and long-drawn cries that are made so to appeal to our conscience and emotions, and to actually over-explain the brewing anger. That the writing doesn’t spell every single thing out works well for the film too. It is refreshing to see characters who have known each other for long but are only just introduced to the audience, talk to each other the way they would in normal life and not to introduce their characteristics and relationships to the audience.
However, all of this could have fallen as flat as the rest of the film if it were not for Vicky Kaushal’s very capable shoulders that carry the film’s many flaws. While Kirti Kulhari, Manasi Parekh and Yami Gautam’s quiet strength give the lead ample support, Swaroop Sampat and Rakesh Bedi’s presence add warmth also because the combination reminds you of the Yeh Jo Zindagi Hai days.
Of course, that might not be intentional. What is intentional though is a reminder to the audience that India has competent military acumen, intelligence, equipment, and execution power. That Indians ought to take pride in the wars we win. Is it coincidental that almost all Hindi war films are hardly ever about futility of war but almost always about nationalism? And that is why the film comes across more as a propoganda film than an outright film based on real-life politics, The Accidental Prime Minister, this week’s other release.
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Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Uri is a work of many achievements. But to me, a film about national pride without a single shot of the Indian flag is the biggest miracle since the invention of the motionpicture camera. This is a glorious beginning to 2019. And if patriotism is the flavour of the year, bring it on, provided it’s not about Paki-bashing. Just getting even.... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE has a thrilling and a gripping narrative which instills patriotism without getting jingoistic. At the box office, the film will mainly appeal to the multiplex audience.... full review
Thumbs up, by Dishya Sharma, Bollywood Life : ...If you loved watching movies like Border and L.O.C: Kargil, Uri: The Surgical Attack is a film for you. It will make you laugh and cry, and you'll walk out of the theatre feeling proud of the soldiers, both on and off the screen.... full review
Thumbs up, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The film may be populist and pushing the aggressive agenda of the ruling party, but at a time when terrorism aided by the powers that be hangs over our heads, it serves to reassure people that there is no challenge the Indian Army cannot handle, given a decisive leadership. It is a worthy tribute to the armed forces. The claim of a New India that it pushes forward is debatable.... full review
Thumbs up, by Madhuri V, Filmi Beat : ...Every time, Vicky Kaushal's Vihaan screams, 'How's the Josh?' to his battalion of soldiers, you feel the adrenaline rush as you hear, 'Very high, Sir.' Keeping all the debatable aspects aside, Uri manages to make your heart swell with pride for the armed forces who are always ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation. I am going with 3 and a half stars. Read more at: https://www.filmibeat.com/bollywood/reviews/2019/uri-the-surgical-strike-movie-review-and-rating-vicky-kaushal-yami-gautam-mohit-raina-281286.html... full review
Thumbs up, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, 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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...If you love your country and respect the Indian Army then URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE should be your first choice this Friday. What a way to ring in the new year with a salute to Mother India, like we stand up for the national anthem in theatres before any movie begins. URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE starring Vicky Kaushal begins Bollywood 2019 with a grand salute. And the whole of 2019 abhi baki hai mere dost.... full review
Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...The film is a blatant homage to the bravery displayed by the Indian army and it makes no attempts to hide its allegiance. The opponents in this film are skimmed through swiftly and remain faceless villains. It isn’t a lost battle though. There’s something hugely inspirational about watching a band of brave soldiers take down the bad guys. Give this film a sure shot.... full review
Thumbs up, by R.M. Vijayakar, India West : ...Do visit “URI” for the story it tells. If you are Indian enough, you will oversee or dismiss the flaws. After all, you will be watching a “new Hindustan” speaking the language of its enemies, and so gratifying your emotions when India reciprocates the repeated insults.... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...All said and done, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a story of courage told with utmost honesty. Vicky Kaushal’s disciplined performance and the way of balancing tensions, thrills make this a movie you don’t want to miss.... full review
Thumbs up, by Renuka Vyavahare, 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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...What works for ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is that it remains focused on the plot. There are no unnecessary diversions like a romantic track or songs that don’t go with the narrative. The taut script and the sleek action keep you engaged. This war film is definitely worth a watch.... full review
So-So, by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle : ...Kaushal is a very fine actor with a dazzling range. Here, cast as protector, defender, destroyer, he is precise, sharp, exceptional, and makes it all look easy. Kaushal carries the film almost single-handedly, raising the tempo and temperature, making us cry and, sometimes, smile.... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Film Companion : ...The film is divided into chapters. As we move toward the climax, the action cuts between key locations like the operations room, interrogation center, meeting rooms in Pakistan. We also get a countdown. All of which is designed to create a sense of urgency but by this time, the narrative has lost its grip. I think a shorter running time would have served the story better.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...One can’t believe that the actual surgical strikes had such shoddy execution. Director Aditya Dhar should have watched films like Zero Dark Thirty or 7 Days In Entebbe to get a clear idea about how to make movies with surprise attack as the focus. The masses of course are unaware of the technicalities and he must be counting on the fact that ignorance is bliss. The patriotic fervour behind the project can’t be denied and better detailing definitely would have added another layer to the film.... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Eventually it’s the performances that makes this film watchable. Vicky Kaushal’s sincere efforts to live the role shows. URI doesn’t bother to ask tough questions or try to dig deeper than what the establishment tosses out. Its conciliatory tone is rather unforgivable but it’s entertainment value is not. What you see may not be entirely kosher but it’s got the Josh!... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, 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.... full review
So-So, by Lakshana N Palat, india today : ...Vicky Kaushal, who had a golden year in 2018, starts 2019 with a bang. There are no complaints about his acting, though at points you want to see more of Vicky's acting than his action. Vicky does his best and works hard to push the film forward. Kirti Kulhari, who made quite an impact with the film Pink, is sadly wasted here as the pilot of Vicky's helicopter, who is just eager to prove, in her own words, her "desh-bhakti". Yami Gautam gives a fair performance but recedes into the background quite often.... full review
So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Uri on the whole keeps you engaged despite some clunky passages. It’s always good to have movies in which the soldiers look real, even if the action is buoyed by such dialogues as ‘unhe Kashmir chaihye, humein unka sar’.... full review
So-So, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Very little—next to nothing—is known about these 'surgical strikes'. How does this revenge operation pan out in the picture, then? Given multiple Abbottabads being mounted, a lot like a desi Zero Dark Thirty (2012)—Katherine Bigelow's brilliant docu-drama detailing capture of Osama bin Laden. As compliments go, that's as huge as it gets. No?... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director Aditya Dhar is tuned in to the action scenes and ma Read more at: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/entertainment/movie-review/uri-the-surgical-strike-movie-review-watching-vicky-kaushal-yami-gautam-kirti-kulhari-starrer-uri-is-like-playing-a-first-person-shooter-on-cheat-mode-and-full-ammo/articleshow/67445403.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...In fact, sketchy writing is a problem that plagues the film as a whole. But for the presence of Vicky Kaushal, whose character desists from overt chest-thumping, Uri: The Surgical Strike would have been a complete washout. It gets two stars - one for its technical sheen, the other for the male lead. The rest of the film fires too many blanks to count for anything.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...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.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, News18.com : ...Uri The Surgical Strike has many exciting moments. Don’t be surprised if you hear whistles all around when Indian paratroopers blast terrorist camps inside Pakistan.... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Four Pakistani terrorists infiltrated an Indian Army base and killed sleeping soldier in their barracks in Uri. India replied with Zero Dark Thirty style over the border attack called 'Surgical Strikes'. It's shot well, and despite being a patriotic revenge drama it remains soulless.... full review
So-So, by SHILPA JAMKHANDIKAR, Reuters : ...Rawal is the only real sore thumb with his rather loud dialogue delivery and over-stated performance. In many ways, he is symbolic of what is wrong in the film - “Uri: The Surgical Strike” gets the fight right but overdoes the jingoism.... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Another unlikely hero pops up to steal some more of the Army’s thunder. A DRDO intern plays an important role in the operation, causing Govind to exult, “You might just have won us the war, son!” And a general election too? This surgical strike on the conscientious objector has an answer to that question too.... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Even if you are on the other side of the political and ideological divide Dhar makes things palateable, though he may not be entirely persuasive. At times I found myself standing clear of my own political biases to acknowledge his engaging craft. At other moments, I broke away from the film’s emotional sway to question its politics.... full review
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