While war movies have always struggled to maintain balance between the the terms patriotism and jingoism, with Uri, debutant director Aditya Dhar has successfully delivered a film with the perfect blend of josh, action, and intent. Armed with a stellar star cast comprising of Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal,Rajit Kapur, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, the movie is a brilliant start to the Bollywood year 2019.
Vicky Kaushal plays Major Vihaan Shergill -a master of attack strategies who has just executed a successful mission. He has decided to take an early retirement because of his mother who is suffering from stage six Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of retirement, he is offered a desk job by the Prime Minister ,which he accepts. While he is in Delhi, an attack is executed by Pakistani terrorists at the URI military camp. The loss compels Vihaan to go back to the borders, to plan and execute a surgical strike. The movie is divided into five chapters and takes you through the journey of the Indian Army and NSA – how they executed the answer to what was reported as “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”.
The story of the movie emerges as a winner. It reminds you how much you love your country, the emotions start pouring in right from the time you stand for the National Anthem. URI keeps you at the edge of your seats from the very start. It takes you through a gamut of emotions with every victory and loss. While the focus stays more on the back-end of the operation, the screenplay strikes a fine balance between action and strategy.
The movie hits the bull’s eye when it comes to the cast and performances. Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan Shergill is extremely convincing. His sincerity for the character is conveyed with his body language and a brand new physique. Running, combat sequences, shooting- he does it all with absolute ease and finesse. Paresh Rawal, Rajit Kapur, Mohit Raina, and Yami Gautam are great as the backing force behind the mission. They bind the story together, making the movie a complete package.
The background score elevates all the emotional, action and preparatory sequences. The music prepares you for what’s coming. With the high adrenaline dose pumped by the unlimited ammo, pulling of triggers and the clanking of the cartridge, the music just adds the cherry on the top. The action sequences and the VFX are smoothly done
While focussing on the emotional side of a story and channelising it into building up a successful mission ticks all the right boxes, more screen time could’ve been alloted to show the effort and training of the team that actually executes the strike.
The mission that is the premise of this movie is worth a watch on its own. It sheds light on how the forces on our borders strive for justice and can go to any extent to secure it.Vicky Kaushal is a delight. He impresses as the Major Vihaan Shergill, like he has impressed us before numerous times. There’s a myriad of reasons why you’d like this movie. It could either be because of the intent behind the mission, because of the planning or probably because of the execution. But if anyone asks you “How’s the josh?” after this movie, your reply will definitely be “High, sir”.