Director Aditya Dhar clearly worked on the JOSH punching dialogues to provoke patriotism in the film. Uri, reviewed and brought to you by AboutFlick’s Mr S.
Directed By: Aditya Dhar
Review: Uri narrates the events of the surgical strike carried out by the Indian military against the suspected militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. It tells the story of the eleven tumultuous events over which the operation was carried out.
The film tries hard to shake the fact that Hindi movies are not only about emotions, but fails to do so in the first half. With a run-time of more than two and a half hours, the movie clearly does not fly. Aditya Dhar clearly worked on the JOSH punching dialogs to provoke patriotism and honestly speaking, they work their charm for most of the movie.
After establishing the leadership qualities of Major Vihaan Shergill, they put too much effort in showing his life beyond the uniform. Vicky Kaushal looks every bit the army man with his bulked up physique and the raw determination to avenge the loss of his family member. The movie shines a lot in its second half during the planning and execution of the surgical strike. Scenes of interrogation, waterboarding, war-room deliberations, and the recruitment of a young tech nerd with a breakthrough invention build up nicely to the actual strike. As soldiers in night-vision goggles penetrate safe houses and terror targets, you can feel a growing sense of suspense and tension, despite already knowing the outcome. This is largely a result of the terrific cinematography by Mitesh Mirchandani.
Though the movie is exhilarating in parts, it could not escape from the typical Bollywood Filmi funda which it desperately tries to avoid.
Rating: My rating is 2.5/5.
Who should watch this: If you like war movies like The Hurt Locker (2006), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Inglorious Basterds (2009), you can try this Bollywood gem.