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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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Box office collection report: Why Cheat India takes an average start; Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja are washouts

Here’s how Why Cheat India, Rangeela Raja and Fraud Saiyaan have started off at the domestic box office!

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Emraan Hashmi’s Why Cheat India, Arshad Warsi’s Fraud Saiyaan and Govinda’s Rangeela Raja were the major films that hit the screens this week. While all of them had low buzz before release, Why Cheat India was a film that we were looking forward to watch! And though it got decent reviews, the film has taken off on a very average note. On the other hand, Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja have got poor reviews. Apart from that, they have washed out at the box office too! It is not us, but the trade that is giving us this information. In fact, they mention to us that Uri: The Surgical Strike will steal the show and rule the box office in its second weekend.

Talking about this week’s releases, exhibitor and distributor – Akshaye Rathi mentioned to Cine Blitz exclusively, “Why Cheat India is the pick of the lot. It has taken an average opening, recording only 10 – 15 per cent occupancy in the morning shows. Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja had occupancies below 5 per cent. Uri: The Surgical Strike, on the other hand, is performing better and will continue its reign at the box office.” What do you guys have to say about this revelation? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Looking at the occupancies, we guess Why Cheat India will rake in Rs 2 – 3 crore on day one. On the other hand, Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja might collect less than Rs 1 crore at the box office. All three films need to buckle up for the weekend and need to see decent spikes to survive. In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you all the box office collection updates of Why Cheat India, Fraud Saiyaan, Rangeela Raja right here.

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Box office predictions: Manikarnika to take a massive opening, while Thackeray will start slow

Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray are all set to clash at the box office on January 25

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Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is all set to clash with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray. The two movies have set up a box office battle over this Republic Day weekend (January 25). And while we are keen to see both of them, we also want to know which one will emerge triumphant? Will it be Manikarnika or Thackeray? The fact that both of them are biopics of revolutionary Indian leaders has got everyone excited, including us! The buzz around both the film seems high, but looks like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will be the one taking a massive opening at the ticket window. Thackeray, on the other hand, will start off slowly at the domestic box office.

It’s not us, but the box office trackings that reveal this to us! Super Cinema’s forecasts and predictions are generally bang on and their latest update have left us stunned. According to them, Manikarnika will open to a day 1 collection of Rs 13 – 15 crore, which is massive for such a film, that too on a non-holiday Friday. Obviously, with Republic Day on the next day, there will be a major spike and it will end up with a massive first weekend collection. Thackeray, on the other hand, will only be able to rake in Rs 2.75 – 3.50 crore. Yes, it will benefit from the January 26 holiday, but the opening weekend collections won’t be massive.

Clearly, Kangana’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will trump Nawazuddin’s Thackeray at the domestic box office. But, what do you guys have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you all the updates about Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Thackeray and their box office collections right here.

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Uri: The Surgical Strike walks on the path of success, while The Accidental Prime Minister continues its steady pace…

URI walks on the path to success and The Accidental Prime Minister is on a steady pitch.

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The second week of the new year saw two film releases, URI: The Surgical Strike and The
Accidental Prime Minister. URI being the first big release of the year 2019, might also turn
out to be Vicky Kaushal’s 100 Cr club entry, as the central character of a film. The Accidental
Prime Minister is doing well for itself.

URI, on the very first day of its release went ahead to make unbelievable numbers at the
Box Office, earning Rs 8.20 Cr on Friday, which was more than expected. The movie went
ahead and shocked everyone with its second day collection of Rs 12.43 Cr, on Saturday.
Maintaining its streak, URI on Sunday earned Rs 15.10 Cr, making the total weekend
collection Rs 35.73 Cr, which was massive and unbelievable for everyone. And now looking
at the first week, we can predict that the film might easily enter the 100 Cr club.

The Accidental Prime Minister, though not breaking records, is doing good numbers
considering its modest budget of Rs. 22 Cr. The film on its first day earned Rs 3.4 Cr, went a
step ahead with Rs 4 Cr on Saturday, but didn’t see much of a high on Sunday and earned
just Rs 4.5 Cr, making a total of Rs 11.9 Cr in the first week. The film might not turn out to be
huge, but it looks like it will recover its production cost.

The stats make it probable that URI will be the first hit film of the year and Vicky’s entry to
the 100 Cr club, if the pace of earning and the Box Office returns keep growing, or even if it
maintains the same. With The Accidental Prime Minister, though we see a mixed response,
and the Box Office earnings are small but steady.
Let us know in the comments below, which of the two films you liked.

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