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URI: The Surgical Strike movie review – Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam’s film is promising and heartwarming

Check out our movie review for URI: The Surgical Strike starring Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari

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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!

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The Lion King box office collection day 1: Disney’s animated film takes a marvelous start in India

Both the English and Hindi versions of The Lion King have taken a flying start at the box office in India

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A still from The Lion King

Disney’s animated film – The Lion King has hit the screens today (July 19). And looks like it has taken a marvelous start. Not only are the people loving it and appreciating it, but it has set the cash registers ringing at the box office too. The photo-realistic remake of the 1994 cult classic, The Lion King has been released in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu version. In fact, Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan Khan have also dubbed for the Hindi version. So not only is there a nostalgia factor associated with this film, but there is star power too! And all this has ensured that the movie will take a fantastic start at the box office.

Talking about its start at the box office, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) revealed to us exclusively, “The Lion King has taken off pretty well. It should rake in Rs 10 crore plus on day 1, which is fantastic for such a film.” He even added that the film has got a good response from the audience. Not only has the Shah Rukh Khan factor helped the film, but also its superior content.

Check out Shah Rukh Khan’s promo for The Lion King right here:

In fact, both the English and Hindi versions of The Lion King have started off well at the box office. As Akshaye added, “The screens between the English and Hindi versions have been divided equally. But the Shah Rukh Khan factor is obviously playing its part. He has a loyal fan following and he hasn’t had a release in a while! So that will surely give The Lion King a push as people flock to theatres to see what he and Aryan Khan have been able to deliver. The Hindi version is also written phenomenally well by Mayur Puri, who had also written The Jungle Book (2016). I heard it is very humorous and entertaining.”

As we mentioned, nostalgia has also brought in the audience. As Akshaye revealed, “The Lion King (1994) was a rage during its time. It was a cult movie and everyone loved it. The people who had seen it back then are now taking their children to see the movie. So nostalgia is surely playing a part in the film working at the box office”. Looking at the current trends, The Lion King is headed for a Rs 30 crore plus weekend. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz as we get you all the news and updates about the film right here!

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Super 30 box office collection day 4: Hrithik Roshan’s film passes the Monday litmus test with ease

On day 4, Hrithik Roshan – Mrunal Thakur’s Super 30 continued its magnificent run at the box office

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Hrithik Roshan in a still from Super 30. Picture courtesy: Twitter

Hrithik Roshan – Mrunal Thakur’s Super 30 has been buzzing ever since it released on July 12. The film has been loved by one and all, hence it managed to earn a massive amount over the weekend. In fact, over the first weekend, Super 30 raked in more than Rs 50 crore at the box office, which is phenomenal. On day 4, first Monday, everyone expected it to see a massive dip. And while Super 30 did see a decline, it did manage to hold onto a large section of the audience very well. In fact, Hrithik Roshan’s movie passed the Monday litmus test with ease.

On day 4, Super 30 added another Rs 6.92 crore to its kitty. And with that, the film has collected Rs 57.68 crore at the box office! The word of mouth publicity has also sustained well. So the film will continue its magnificent run at the box office over the first week. Looking at the current trends, Super 30 will work well in the urban, multiplex markets. Tier II and Tier III city collections will slow down and with that, the movie should rake in Rs 65 – 75 crore in its first week.

Coming to the film, Super 30 is based on the life of ace mathematician and tutor Anand Kumar. The math genius helped underprivileged children crack the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) exams. The inspirational tale inspired and touched one and all, which in turn, helped grow a positive word of mouth publicity. With the film continuing its box office run, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates on Super 30 right here.

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Kabir Singh box office collection day 25: Shahid Kapoor’s film remains steady even on its fourth Monday

Shahid Kapoor – Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh has been unstoppable at the box office ever since it released on June 21

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Shahid Kapoor in a still from Kabir Singh. Picture courtesy: Instagram

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh is a massive hit. The movie has been unstoppable at the box office ever since it released on June 21. And even on its fourth Monday, the film has been rock-steady! Yes, the Monday litmus test is very difficult to crack, but Kabir Singh has been able to do it for four weeks in succession. In fact, even with several films coming out, including the likes of Spider-Man: Far From Home and Super 30Kabir Singh hasn’t slowed down at the box office! It registered a decent fourth weekend and continues to rake in the moolah.

On day 25, fourth Monday, Kabir Singh has added Rs 1.65 crore to its kitty. And with that, its overall box office tally is now Rs 261.59 crore. Naturally, the film will slow down and end its run at the end of next weekend. But it will hit the Rs 270 – 275 crore mark in its lifetime run. Considering that the trade was skeptical of it making even Rs 100 crore, this is huge. What’s your take on this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Kabir Singh has been quite controversial. Several people as well as critics slammed it for the violence, especially towards women. However, with a positive word-of-mouth publicity flowing for the movie and the public loving it, the film has been able to earn such a massive amount. It has also become Bollywood’s highest grossing film of 2019. With the film continuing its box office run, stay tuned to CineBlitz as we get you more updates about Kabir Singh right here.

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