Uri: The Surgical Strike Review: Stellar Performance From Vicky Kaushal Turns An Underwhelming Movie Into Finest War Film

11:42 am 11 Jan, 2019


TopYaps Rating: 3.5/5



Two things which make Uri: The Surgical Strike an important film are Vicky Kaushal, who has been winning us over with his brilliant performances ever since debuting with the award-winning film Masaan (2015), and the fact that it is based on true events which happened in recent past and are indelibly fresh in our minds. Let’s find out what else makes Uri: The Surgical Strike one of the finest war films of the kind they don’t make anymore.



 What’s The Film All About?

If you claim to be in love with Hindi films, chances are high that you will already know what Uri: The Surgical Strike is all about. The movie is based on the surgical strikes carried out in 2016 by the Indian Army, against terror launch-pads across Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The strikes, which garnered international media coverage and were highly debated and discussed in newsrooms, were conducted to avenge the killings of 19 Indian soldiers in Uri.



Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) is an invincible Para Special Forces Commando who has successfully executed a series of covert operations with his meticulous strategies and planning. However, now he wants to retire and take care of her ailing mother. But on the advice of Prime Minister of India, he reconsiders his decision and accepts to do a desk job at the army headquarter in New Delhi. However, when the army decides to avenge the killing of innocent soldiers in Uri and forms a team, Vihaan has to return to lead the operations. What happens next forms the crux of the story.


What Makes Uri An Unmissable War Film?

Uri: The Surgical Strike is without a doubt one of the best war films Bollywood has produced of late. It showcases the Indian Army’s attack on Pakistani militants with gruesome precision. Not even for a nanosecond, you would like to keep your eyes off the screens. Despite being made on a moderate budget, the movie looks visually stunning, especially the war scenes.

Talking about performances, Vicky Kaushal, who delivered many unforgettable performances in 2018, starts 2019 with a bang. The actor underwent extensive training regimen to get into the skin of his character and his hard work and transformation are evident on screen.



The film rests heavily on his shoulders and with his impeccable acting chops Vicky comes out with flying colors. You root for his character right through the film. Yami Gautam plays a significant part in the movie and delivers a decent performance. A lot more expected from her, though.

Paresh Rawal as Prime Minister’s national security advisor Doval is impactful. Kirti Kulhari gets to play a small role in Uri. She is decent. Mohit Raina, who makes his silver screen debut, is impressive in his brief part. There are only a few films which spur a reaction from both the heart and the mind, and his movie does just that flawlessly.


Final Verdict

Bubbling with patriotism and nationalism, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a must watch movie. Not resorting to jingoism even for a minute, it fills your heart with pride and delivers a vivid tribute to its real-life subject.




Movie Details

Banner: RSVP Films

Director: Aditya Dhar

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Yami Gautam

Music: Shashwat Sachdev


Runtime: 139 Minutes

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