Aditya Dhar’s war drama Uri: The Surgical Strike is setting the cash registers ringing, and how! The film is based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on seven terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016, in retaliation to a terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri earlier that month.
It looks like the audience is lapping up the dose of patriotism handed out to them. After getting off to a flying start and earning Rs 8.20 crore on its opening day, the film made around Rs 11.80 crore on Saturday, according to early estimates.
Uri: The Surgical Strike features Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina and Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles. Critics were particularly impressed by Vicky’s nuanced performance.
The Surgical Strike a rating of 3 stars out of 5. “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,” she wrote in her review.
With the 2019 Lok Sabha polls around the corner, there have been allegations that Uri: The Surgical Strike is an attempt to make the rulig party look good. However, Vicky firmly denied this. In an interview with IANS, he said, “Aditya Dhar, the director and writer of the film, is very passionate about army, and he has made this film as a tribute to the army and nobody else.”
Uri: The Surgical Strike has already overtaken the other Bollywood release this week, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s The Accidental Prime Minister, which features Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna in the lead role