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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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Student of the Year 2 box office collection day 10: Tiger, Ananya, Tara’s film has a lackluster second weekend

Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria’s Student of the Year 2 showed minimum growth over the second weekend at the box office

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Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria, Aditya Seal in a still from Student of the Year 2

Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria’s Student of the Year 2 was one of the most-exciting releases of the year. However, it failed to take off at the box office. The movie had a decent first week and everyone expected it to show some upward trend in its second weekend at the box office. However, SOTY 2 had a lackluster second weekend. In fact, with minimal growth, the film could just manage to rake in Rs 6.62 crore in three days.

Student of the Year 2 earned Rs 1.62 crore on day 8 (Friday), Rs 2.25 crore on day 9 (Saturday) and Rs 2.75 crore on day 10 (Sunday). With that, SOTY 2 took its collection to Rs 64.52 crore at the domestic box office. With De De Pyaar De, John Wick 3 continuing their run at the box office, we expected Student of the Year 2‘s second week to be low. Meanwhile, what did you think of the movie? Share with us your review of SOTY 2 in the comments section below!

Also, check out our Student of the Year 2 review right here:

Directed by Punit D Malhotra and produced by Dharma Productions, Student of the Year 2 is a sequel to the hit movie, Student of the Year (2012). While the story and performances were decent, the execution lacked the punch. And hence, SOTY 2 got mixed reviews! In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Student of the Year 2 right here.

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De De Pyaar De box office collection day 3: Ajay, Rakul, Tabu’s film has a strictly decent first weekend

Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh’s De De Pyaar De did not live up to everyone’s expectations at the box office over the opening weekend

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Rakul Preet Singh, Ajay Devgn and Tabu in a still from De De Pyaar De

Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh’s De De Pyaar De was one of the most-exciting films of the month. A rom-com featuring stars like the ones we mentioned meant the buzz was high! However, looks like the film has not lived up to everyone’s expectations at the box office over the opening weekend. We were expecting De De Pyaar De to take a blazing start and cross the Rs 50 crore mark in its first weekend. But it has had a strictly decent run at the ticket window.

After raking in Rs 10.41 crore on day 1 (Friday, including paid previews on Thursday) and Rs 13.39 crore on day 2 (Saturday), De De Pyaar De continued its upward trend. But with minimal growth, it could only garner Rs 14.74 crore on day 3. And with that, the film managed to collect Rs 38.54 crore in its kitty over the first weekend. Looking at the current trends, we expect it to see a massive dip on day 4, first Monday. However, with an open week, it should rake in Rs 50 – 60 crore plus in its lifetime run at the box office.

In the meantime, check out our interview with Rakul Preet Singh post De De Pyaar De‘s release right here:

Produced by Luv Ranjan and directed by Akiv Ali, De De Pyaar De got mixed reviews. The word-of-mouth publicity was also low. But the fact that this was more a multiplex film, than a single screen one, impacted its collections. What do you have to say about De De Pyaar De? Share with us your reviews in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh’s film right here.

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De De Pyaar De: Ajay Devgn’s film picks up at the box office on day 2, earns Rs 13. 39 crores

Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh’s romantic comedy-drama De De Pyaar De has earned an impressive amount in two days

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While the Luv Ranjan written and produced De De Pyaar De had its share of struggle before releasing on May 17, businesswise on day 2 the film seems to have picked up. Directed by Akiv Ali and starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, the film got good reviews.

Despite the strong word of mouth and positive feedback, De De Pyaar De had a slow start at the box office. Yes, the film earned Rs 10.41 crores on day 1 (including paid previews from May 16). However, on day 2 the film seems to have done decent trade. Yes, as per the latest figures Ajay Devgn’s film has earned Rs 13.39 crores yesterday (Saturday, May 18). With this, the film’s total collection stands at Rs 23.80 crores.

Watch the film’s trailer here:

While the film is released in around 3000 screens, we will have to see what business it does on Sunday (May 19). Considering that there is no other release, De De Pyaar De might manage to draw some impressive figures at the box office. Stay tuned as we get you details about De De Pyaar De’s business only on CineBlitz.

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