Uri The Surgical Strike is a breath of fresh air in the stale rotten carcass of over-the-top love stories and action movies in Bollywood. It is a fictionalized to the point story about the Surgical Strikes performed in the PoK by the Indian Army to avenge their fallen brethren in Uri Base Camp in Kashmir. Vicky Kaushal stars as Major Vihaan Singh Shergill and he performs the role with aplomb, as a gentleman officer of the Indian Army. The support cast also perform their role with equal aplomb. It is a well crafted dramatic story with a dynamic cast based on events that happened in September 2017 which changed perception of India as an injustice tolerating nation to a nation that will not allow acts of unjustness to go unpunished.
The movie is accused of being a propaganda film and being jingoistic. But that is true for any movie that needs to exercise some creative liberties to be entertaining. Border had an over the top Sunny Deol shouting at the top of his voice. DDLJ had a stalking SRK who follows a girl from London to Punjab. Lagaan had an unbelievable cricketer in Aamir Khan who scores a century the first time he picks up a bat against amateur cricketers who have known the game almost their whole life. The movies were loved because of them.
What the movie doesn’t have are caricature characters. The movie shows army personnel and events styled in reality. It is a tribute to unsung heroes who patrol our borders and their families. They do not question why us and not them in face of tragedy instead having the guts and courage to do the unthinkable with precision and planning.
The movie is about an event that India and its citizen should be proud of. The event showcased both – our might and the control we exercise over it. This movie is India’s version of Zero Dark Thirty. And in the end all we can answer to the question by Major Vihaan’s “How the Josh?” is “High Sir”