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Uri: The Surgical Strike

January 11, 2019
2hr 18min
Status: released

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Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie Details:

Movie NameUri: The Surgical Strike
Country India
Language Hindi
GenreAction
Release Date11 January 2019
Running Time2hr 18min
CertificateU/A
CastVicky Kaushal
Yami Gautam
Paresh Rawal
Kirti Kulhari
Rajit Kapur
Mohit Raina
Akashdeep Arora
Manasi Parekh
Directed by Aditya Dhar
Written byAditya Dhar
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Cinematography by Mitesh Mirchandani
Edited by Shivkumar V. Panicker
Music byShashwat Sachdev
Production CompanyRSVP Movies
Distributor RSVP Movies
Budget₹25 crore
India Collection₹300 crore (US$42.6 million)
Overseas Collection₹59.73 crore (US$8.48 million)
Worldwide Collection₹359.73 crore (US$51.08 million)

Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie Cast and Characters:

  • Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan Singh Shergill, team leader (Para SF) (character based on Col Kapil Yadav)
  • Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Govind Bhardwaj (character based on Ajit Doval)
  • Rajit Kapur as Prime Minister of India (character based on Narendra Modi)
  • Rajvir Chauhan as Captain Uday Singh Rathod (Para SF officer)
  • Yami Gautam as Jasmine D’Almeida / Pallavi Sharma, an undercover RAW agent
  • Kirti Kulhari as Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur (IAF officer)
  • Mohit Raina as Major Karan Kashyap, Vihaan’s brother-in-law (Para SF sniper) (character based on Late Colonel MN Rai)
  • Akashdeep Arora as Ishaan Wattal (Intern at DRDO)
  • Manasi Parekh as Neha Shergill Kashyap, Karan’s wife and Vihaan’s sister
  • Yogesh Soman as Defence Minister of India Ravinder Agnihotri (the character based on Manohar Parrikar)
  • Swaroop Sampat as Suhasini Shergill, Vihaan’s mother
  • Shishir Sharma as COAS General Arjun Singh Rajawat (the character based on General Dalbir Singh Suhag)
  • Satyajit Sharma as Lieutenant General Ajay Garewal (the character based on Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda GOC Northern Command (India))
  • Riva Arora as Suhani Kashyap, Vihaan’s niece[citation needed]
  • Dhairya Karwa as Captain Sartaj Singh Chandhok (Para SF officer)
  • Padam Bhola as Vikram Dabas (Para SF commando)
  • Anurag Mishra as K. S. Venkatesh (Para SF commando)
  • Navtej Hundal as Home Minister of India (character Based on Rajnath Singh)
  • Ivan Rodrigues as Brian D’Souza (DRDO chief)
  • Kamal Malik as Interior Minister of Pakistan
  • Sukhwinder Chahal as a Pakistani police officer of POK
  • Ujjwal Chopra as Shahid Khan, Aasma’s husband
  • Rukhsar Rehman as Aasma Khan
  • Abrar Zahoor as Idris Khan
  • Sunil Palwal as Jabbar Firozi
  • Rakesh Bedi as Senior Pakistani ISI officer
  • Nishant Singh as Rahil Hussain
  • Ajit Shidhaye as Zubair Mehmood, a Pakistani army officer
  • Aamir Yaseen as Pakistani Terrorist
  • Adarsh Gautam as Afzal Lateef, a Pakistani army officer
  • Anil George as Zameer, a Pakistani minister

Storyline:

The film is divided into five chapters.

The Seven Sisters (North-east India)

The first chapter opens up with an ambush in June 2015 on the convoy of the Indian Army troops in Chandel, Manipur by NSCN(K) militants. In retaliation, Major Vihaan Singh Shergill, a Para SF officer and his unit, including his brother-in-law, Major Karan Kashyap, infiltrate and attack the Northeastern militants and also kill the key leader responsible for the ambush. After a successful strike, the Prime Minister of India congratulates him and the whole unit at a formal dinner. Vihaan requests an early retirement as he wants to be close with his mother, who is suffering from Stage VI Alzheimer’s, on which the Prime Minister offers him a desk job at New Delhi near his mother instead of retirement, to which he agrees.

An Unsettling Peace (New Delhi, India)

The second chapter shows Vihaan taking a desk job at the Integrated Defence Staff HQ in New Delhi and him spending time with his family. This segment also briefly describes the Pathankot attack. A nurse named Jasmine D’Almeida is assigned to take care of Vihaan’s mother. Vihaan meets an Indian Air Force pilot named Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur, who is trying to prove her patriotism to her martyred husband, who was an army officer who died in an ambush. One fine day, his mother goes missing. He searches for her, and he blames Jasmine for ignorance and tells Jasmine that there is no need for her security. Vihaan’s mother is found under a bridge, and Jasmine reveals herself as an intelligence agent. The film reveals why the families of the special forces soldiers were given security due to the threat from the North-eastern terrorists.

Bleed India with Thousand Cuts (Uri, Jammu Kashmir, India)

On 18 September 2016, four heavily armed militants attack the brigade headquarters at Uri, Jammu and Kashmir at dawn, killing 19 soldiers in their sleep. The terrorists are killed, but Karan dies in a grenade explosion due to accidentally pulling the pin attached to the terrorist’s rifle, which he picked up to examine. The whole family becomes devastated, including Vihaan. The Ministry decides to take strict action against the perpetrators of the attack. National Security Advisor Govind Bharadwaj suggests the idea of a surgical strike. The Prime Minister gives it a go and gives ten days for the strike. Vihaan leaves his desk job and leaves for Northern Command base in Udhampur. He requests Chief of the Army Staff General Arjun Singh Rajawat to count him in the operation to which he agrees. Vihaan chooses the elite Ghatak Force commandos from the Bihar Regiment, and the Dogra Regiment along with the special forces as most of the soldiers killed in the attack were from these regiments. Vihaan informs them that they can no longer use their phones and disguises the mission as regular training exercises. The commandos begin their training.

Naya Hindustan (New India) (New Delhi, India)

During the planning, Govind ropes in ISRO (for providing satellite images), DRDO (for drone surveillance), and RAW (for intelligence). When he goes to meet the DRDO Chief Brian D’Souza, he chances to meet an intern named Ishaan who has developed a drone called Garuda which looks and is shaped like an Eagle. With the help of the drones and satellite images they can get the exact location of the hideouts and training camps of the terrorists. Jasmine reveals her true name as Pallavi Sharma to Vihaan, and during an interrogation, the two extract information about who planned the attack. He chooses Seerat to be his pilot, who agrees wholeheartedly. Govind also suggests intensifying the artillery shelling at the border for distraction and painting their assault helicopters with Pakistani Air Force markings. The commandos also start training under Vihaan. The Pakistani officials suspect the Indian activities but dismiss them due to underestimation.

The strike (POK, Pakistan)

On the night of 28 September, the commandos leave for the strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in Mi-17 helicopters. During the mission, Vihaan’s helicopter is forced not to cross the Line of Control due to the latest intelligence from spies in Pakistan that the Pakistani Army has deployed an “AWAC” early warning radar-based surface to air missile system in Muzafarabad sector to bring their helicopter down. He and his team improvise by going on foot through a cave (which was very risky due to darkness and the unknown presence of other terrorists). His team successfully infiltrate and kill all the terrorists on the two launchpads. Similarly, other commando teams also manage to kill all of the terrorists. Vihaan kills Idris and Jabbar, who are the perpetrators of the Uri attack. The local police are alerted, and the commandos who are low on ammunition and time escape. On their way back, they are heavily rained down upon by gunfire from both a nearby machine gun bunker and a Pakistani Air Force Mi-17 Helicopter, which was scrambled to intercept Vihaan’s team. Flight Lieutenant Seerat comes to their rescue by firing back at the Pakistani gunship, thus driving it away and eliminating the machine gun bunker. His team successfully crosses the LoC on the Indian side with no casualties. The rest of the assigned teams are also successful and are back with no casualties. Vihaan lands at Hindon Air Force Station at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The film ends with him, Pallavi, Govind, and the commandos happily having a formal dinner with the Prime Minister.

In a post-credits scene, Zameer, a Pakistani minister, wakes up and shouts in frustration while seeing the news of India’s successful surgical strike. The scene cuts to a title card reading “Jai Hind”.

About Uri: The Surgical Strike Movie:

  • Screwvala announced the film in September 2017, a year after the 2016 Indian Line of Control strike.
  • The principal photography began from June 2018 in Serbia where it was majorly shot before being wrapped up in September in Mumbai.
  • It was a recipient of various accolades including four National Film Awards.
  • Uri: The Surgical Strike was released on 11 January 2019 to critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike, praising the performances of the cast, screenplay, action sequences, sound design, direction, and technical aspects and was also a recipient of various accolades including four National Film Awards.
  • Made on a budget of ₹25 crore, Uri: The Surgical Strike grossed ₹359.73 crore (US$51.08 million) worldwide and went on to become the 29th highest-grossing Indian film ever made. It was declared a ‘blockbuster’ by Box Office India.

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