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Patriotism Takes On Bollywood As 'URI: The Surgical Strike' To Release Tomorrow

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| January 10 , 2019 , 16:44 IST

The latest in the slew of patriotic films, Uri: The Surgical Strike is the first big release of 2019 and looks promising from its thrilling trailer.

The film kickstarts the year on a patriotic note as it reconstructs the events of the 2016 Surgical Strikes carried out by the Indian Army after the Uri attack claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers.

Starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead role, the film has the potential to become his most successful solo release, said film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi.

The film also stars Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Kirti Kulhari and Paresh Rawal and is set to release on January 11. Aditya Dhar is the director of the movie.

Talking about Uri’s prospects at the box office, Rathi says, “Uri is a movie on a subject which is very raw and about which all of us as Indians feel strongly. The film should get traction at the box office.”

Rathi expected the film to open at around Rs 7 crore.

Praising Vicky Kaushal, Rathi said, “For every actor, there is a journey from where he goes from being an actor to a star. Vicky is on that journey. He has done such characters so far that people relate to him, identify him courtesy movies like Sanju and Raazi among others."

Rathi further said, "People know that Vicky is a good actor and now that he is established and people recognise him, it is time to play on the front foot and do movies where the onus of recovery is on Vicky besides the content. A Vicky Kaushal on the box office is as good or bad as Rajkummar Rao or Ayushmann Khurrana today."

"While people like him and relate to him, it’s not clear if there are enough people who will come to watch him irrespective of how good or bad the movie is. The content of the film can help Vicky catapult himself in the league of stars very soon” he added.

Vicky plays the role of a dedicated soldier, Vihaan, who is known for his meticulous strategising and planning in missions. After a successful mission, he wishes to retire from army life, as his mother needs him.

Over the years, many Bollywood filmmakers have decided to take the patriotic route and make nationalism-infused dramas. Patriotism is the key to the hearts of the audience and this formula seems to be working fairly well, and box office numbers are proof.

The storyline isn’t entirely unpredictable; we know what will push Vihaan to take up the mission of the surgical strikes against the terrorists.

The distinctions between India and Pakistan scenes are painfully clear. For one, there’s always the Pakistani flag in the background to show that the scene is taking place in Islamabad.

ALSO READ: URI Trailer: Vicky Kaushal Avenge the Killings of Indian Soldiers In Action Drama Based on the Surgical Strike

Director Aditya Dhar had earlier said in an interview that there was ‘nothing anti-Pakistan in the film.’ Not on the face of it, maybe. But as they say, the devil lies in the details.

On being asked if like Raazi, Uri can also cross the Rs 100 crore mark, Rathi said, “The possibility is certainly there but it depends on how entertaining the script is. If the script is engaging enough, anything can happen."

Watch the movie's trailer here: