Based on a real-life event from just two years ago and one that we are all aware of, URI: The Surgical Strike is the cinematic replication of the 2016 surgical strike that Indian army conducted against suspected militants in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Starring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam in the lead roles, the movie also has Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and debutant Mohit Raina in pivotal parts. The film starts with the Indo-Myanmar border surgical strike of 2015 and Vihaan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) who leads the strike comes out victorious. What happens in the year after, the URI attack, then followed by the surgical strike is the story of the film.
Commenting on the story makes no sense as it is a significant historic event. What we can talk about is the story-telling. Debutant writer-director Aditya Dhar creates the world of army men effectively, the starting scenes of the surgical strike, the army men returning home and so on. There are nicely written and executed scenes like the scene of the military funeral of Vihaan’s brother. It is moving when Vihaan can’t express his emotions at his brother’s funeral and holds back his tears because duty comes first. That touches you. The last time a similar scene made us cry was in Rang De Basanti. The main surgical strike sequence is well shot, the camera effect gives you the feeling that you are in there running with them. Army men are not only shown on the border but also having heartfelt conversations – that was pretty good too.
But the glue or the soul that was needed to bind all these aspects together was missing. Entering the second half, the story-telling gets a bit unrealistic with the investigation process. What feels not so real is the sequence around a spy camera that is made to look like an eagle, entering the story (it might be true, but doesn’t look credible here). All in all, I felt proud about the story, but wasn’t attached to it, like you feel with patriotic stories. Vicky Kaushal has moulded himself as an army officer in a very impressive way. His body control, the way he speaks, and the army sign language – everything is believable. His character is the only one that gets a storyline other than the strike, and I want to know if that is true.
Since the story is based on a real event, there have to be other characters that we know about. There is a lookalike of our PM Narendra Modi, and his cabinet of ministers. But for some reason, taking their names was avoided. Why? (this question doesn’t imply to the army officers as their identities are supposed to be kept confidential). I am happy to see Yami Gautam as an Intelligence officer and Kirti Kulhari as an Airforce pilot, both playing strong parts. This is real women empowerment in cinema. To sum up everything, URI: The Surgical Strike is a story we all need to know, and there will be biases about it as always. But the film comes from a real place of dedication to that event and despite some flaws, deserves a watch!
PS: All industry producers and directors should ask for the number of the casting director who cast the PM and his cabinet. Manohar Parrikar looks the same yaar.
PPS: Paresh Rawal’s character uses flip phones in 2016, and also breaks them when angry. His assistant carries seal-packed new phones always, to replace the broken ones. Somebody please explain this!
Super 30 runs successfully at the Box Office, inches close to 150 crores!
The film is seeing a steady footfall in the theatres and is inching close to a whopping 150 Crores and has proven to be a super-hit!
Hrithik Roshan and the team of Super 30 is currently basking in the success and glory of the film as the film has had an immensely successful run at the Box Office. The film which released on 12th of July, has completed a month and a week more and the film is still running smoothly in the theatres. The film is seeing a steady footfall in the theatres and is inching close to a whopping 150 Crores and has proven to be a super-hit! The film is running successfully in theatres not just across cities within our country, but also across nations.
As Super 30 fever gripped the nation, fans went out of their way to promote the film. As the film tackles an issue which hits almost the most neglected pockets of our country and is relevant for masses as it strikes a chord with various strata of not just our Indian society, but world over, people are recognising the film in its full glory as it goes ahead to achieve what it set out to do which was highlight the importance of education. As seen across various platforms of media, fans have been seen holding special screenings, the audience all over has got Super 30 tee shirts printed, as they celebrate the success of Super 30 in the most beautiful manner.
The movie has proved to be an inspiration and adding on to the massive hit, the governments of nine states of Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Assam, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, announced it as a tax-free movie. Super 30 unfolds the life of Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar, who trains a batch of 30 students Super 30 for the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) entrance exam every year.
The film has received outstanding reviews from the audience and more so, the film’s inspirational storyline with the most entertaining trajectory has won the hearts of one and all around the country, showing a phenomenal growth with the numbers at the box office. From Vice President of India to Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Super 30 has been hailed by several Indian politicians as a must watch! For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Article 15 completes successful 50 days at the Box Office!
As Article 15 completes a successful 50 days at the Box Office, it’s a testimony to the fact that the film going audience of this country is getting more and more aware of what good content means and they’re growing more appreciative of it.
Ayushmann Khurrana is riding high on success and how! The very talented actor whose first release of 2019 was Article 15, created a huge wave amongst the citizens of the nation owing to the mind-numbing portrayal of the caste hierarchy our country faces till date. It was a stare-in-your-face film whose realistic storyline and execution left everyone gasping at our country’s reality and Ayushmann Khurrana, who had never donned the role of a cop, was lauded for his performance!
The Anubhav Sinha directorial is a stark reminder of the deep-rooted caste hierarchy of our country that still persists and the norms related to it alongside the aftermaths of not obeying the set rules. The movie is the most realistic investigative drama which is inspired by real-life incidents. From Dalit rapes to other atrocities, Article 15 gets a hold of the social nerve of the society which presents an alarming situation that the country is dealing with.
The national award-winning actor whose last year’s releases- Badhai Ho and Andhadhun both won National awards, has come to be known for his choice of different and brilliant scripts, which stand different from what the industry’s norm of ‘pure commercial entertainment’ has been. Ayushmann Khurrana has also emerged as the sole brand to promote ‘quality over quantity’ and ‘content over commerciality’.
Article 15 was one such film which was so different, so hard-hitting, and relatively dark and yet it saw a great footfall in the theatres. As it completes a successful 50 days at the Box Office, it’s a testimony to the fact that the film going audience of this country is getting more and more aware of what good content means and they’re growing more appreciative of it. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!
Arjun Patiala box office collection: Kriti Sanon – Diljit Dosanjh’s film to earn THIS amount over the first weekend?
Kriti Sanon, Diljit Dosanjh, Varun Sharma’s Arjun Patiala is all set to hit the theatres on this Friday (July 26) and here’s our prediction of how much the film will earn at the box office on its opening weekend
Kriti Sanon, Diljit Dosanjh, Varun Sharma’s Arjun Patiala is all set to release this Friday (July 26). The quirky and entertaining trailer must have excited you, but the buzz around the film still remains low. In fact, even with an interesting plot and some good songs, the team has not been able to generate much hype around the film. However, Arjun Patiala has the potential to have a decent opening weekend at the box office. And it’s not us, but our trade expert – Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) who says this! In fact, he even predicted that the film will earn a good amount over the opening weekend. Read on to know more…
Talking about the movie, Akshaye reveals to us exclusively, “The biggest advantage of Arjun Patiala is its appeal in the Northern belt of India with Diljit Dosanjh being a part of it. Punjab is sorted and states with majority of Punjabi population are also sorted. Beyond that, the trailer and the music of the movie are quite appealing. So I certainly feel that in the Northern parts of India, particularly Punjab, the movie has great potential. It seems entertaining and also has Diljit Dosanjh doing cute antics that appeal to people across the social spectrum. Clearly, it is one of those nice, clean movies that has the potential to reach out to people and entertain them. I see no reason why it cannot do something interesting at the box office.”
Check out the Arjun Patiala trailer right here:
While predicting the opening weekend collections of Arjun Patiala, Akshaye Rathi said, “The opening might get affected due to Judgementall Hai Kya. But it should do well in the Northern belts of India. With that, Arjun Patiala should start off with Rs 3 – 3.50 crore collection on day one at the box office. From there on, it can rake in Rs 12 crore over the first weekend.” Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip.
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