Uri: The Surgical Strike Reviews (Top Critics)

Mid-Day
By Mayank Shekhar (3/5)

Like with several others, you may not find a single bloodthirsty, jingoistic-militaristic bone in my body. And yet, there's a scene in this film, focused on a little girl, whose father, an officer, has just died in the recent attacks on the Army base in Uri. She walks up to the casket, surrounded by soldiers in attention, at his state funeral.

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Deccanchronicle.com
By MAYUR SANAP (3.5/5)

URI - The Surgical Strike is based on the 2016 Indian Army's surgical strikes on Pakistan Administered Kashmir as retaliation for the Uri attack. Directed by debutant Aditya Dhar, the movie is a harrowing adventure behind the headlines that is at once a riveting procedural and, at the same time, a bracing political statement on the war based on terror. The movie succeeds in generating enormous tension by dramatizing a recent historical event in spite of the fact that everyone knows how it will end.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

The tribute to "Naya Hindustan (New India)" in the opening credits of Uri: The Surgical Strike is enough of a pointer towards what one is in for. An India that doesn't believe in offering the other cheek when slapped on one, that believes in the policy of "eent ka jawab patthar se (tit for tat)", that stands for power over peace and for paying back than being a pacifist. So it will wreak vengeance for the Uri attacks on security forces rather than offer an olive branch of negotiations to its neighbour, believed to be harbouring deadly militants.

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DNA
By Harshada Rege (3/5)

The name of the film tells you what's it about - the surgical strike that our soldiers carried out on September 29, 2016. This was in retaliation to an attack on an Indian Army brigade headquarters by four heavily-armed militants on September 18 the same year. The war-drama begins with an ambush by Naga extremists on an Indian Army infantry in Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, 2015. Para SF military Major Vihaan Singh Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) leads the operation.

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Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (4/5)

A thwart to the cliche jingoism in Bollywood war saga's URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE is an action drama that earns on its real feelings of patriotisms laced with a thrilling edge of the seat excitement of an action packed war saga. URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE is Naya Hindustan Ka woh war/action cinema jisse har Hindustani ko dekhna chahiye ( an action war drama of new India which every Indian should watch)

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (2.5/5)

In the final few minutes of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parinda, Nana Patekar sneaks in Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit's bedroom and indiscriminately opens fire. In retaliation, Kapoor's furious older brother Jackie Shroff storms inside Nana's house and burns him alive. The same 'Ghar Mein Ghus Ke Marega' sentiment of retribution drives Uri-The Surgical Strike, except the backdrop is military not mafia.

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Filmcompanion.in
By Anupama Chopra (2.5/5)

Uri: The Surgical Strike is an unabashed love letter to the Indian army. If you want nuance or insight into the hearts and minds of brave men and women who willingly put themselves in the line of fire, you won't find it here. Writer-director Aditya Dhar positions soldiers as superheroes who might grieve but they never doubt or question their place in an increasingly complicated and polarized world. Unlike Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, which clearly was an inspiration, there is no room here for moral ambiguity. In Uri, we get men on a mission.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (3.5/5)

One Word Review... Uri TheSurgical Strike: IMPACTFUL. Uri is one film that *should* be watched... Absorbing screenplay, superbly executed combat scenes, efficient direction [Aditya Dhar]... Uri is thrilling, gripping, instills patriotism, without getting jingoistic.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath (2.5/5)

Aditya Dhar's Uri: The Surgical Strike is a movie about remembering and picking on scabs in an election year. Indian Army Major Vihaan Singh Shergill's mother is losing her memory. Her son has sworn never to forget the wounds inflicted by terrorism. In a scene that bluntly brings these themes together, the unnamed India prime minister, who looks like someone we know, says, "A good son takes cares of his mother, but a good son must also take care of the nation, which is like our mother."

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News18.com
By Rohit Vats (3/5)

There is no pretension in Uri The Surgical Strike. There are no grey areas. There are Pakistan-sponsored evil militants who murder unsuspecting soldiers at the Uri base camp, and there is the Indian state which decides to come down heavily on them, even if it means crossing the line of control.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (2/5)

Rajit Kapur plays the Prime Minister in Uri. Best remembered as truth-seeking sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi in the long-running television serial of the same name, the veteran actor finds a basic, bearded grace and stays understated as he chews thoughtfully on decisions about war and about the mothers of his soldiers. It is this man who signs off on everything, you see. In a movie about a successful military operation released in an election year, this celebration of credit cannot quite be considered coincidental.

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BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3.5/5)

URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE is based on the true events of the surgical strike carried out by the Indian armed forces following the September 2016 Uri attacks, which was termed as one of the deadliest attacks on the Indian forces. The film opens depicting Indian soldiers being ambushed in Manipur, followed by retaliation by the forces on terror bases across the India - Myanmar border in the North East.

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FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (3/5)

The film begins with a surgical strike being conducted by special force commandos led by Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) against North-East insurgents hiding in Myanmar. Some days ago, they had carried out a dastardly attack on an Indian Army infantry convoy in Chandel district of Manipur. We learn that Vihaan wants to leave the army on compassionate grounds as his mother is suffering from an advanced stage of Alzheimer's.

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Bollywoodlife.com
By Dishya Sharma (3.5/5)

Based on the surgical attacks planned and executed by the Indian Army in 2016, Uri explores different attacks that took place before the attack and the last straw which forced the Indian government and the army to take such actions. Vicky plays Major Vihaan Shergill who leads the mission against the terrorists. The film is divided into five chapters. Each chapter is told through Vihaan's perspective.

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Firstpost.com
By Udita Jhunjhunwala (3.5/5)

Based on true events of September 2016, director Aditya Dhar declares that his film is a 'Tribute to a brave new India'. Nationalism is writ large all over this war drama that leads up to and reimagines the retaliatory surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army against militant launch pads in 'Pakistani-administered Kashmir'.

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Koimoi.com
By Umesh Punwani (3.5/5)

The movie is divided into 5 chapters, all of them, leading us to the surgical strike happened in Pakistan occupied Kashmir back in 2016. It starts with showing an ambush in the Chandel district of Manipur & how without wasting any time we see Major Vihan Shergil (Vicky Kaushal) executing a counterblow on those terrorists. Vihan's mother in Delhi is suffering from Alzheimer's & hence he asks for premature retirement.

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The Times Of India
By Renuka Vyavahare (3.5/5)

The film is based on the surgical strikes conducted in 2016 by the Indian Army, against militant launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 35-50 terrorists were reportedly killed in the covert operation, in retaliation to the terrorist attack in Uri that killed 19 Indian soldiers. Subsequently, Pakistan denied the incident.

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Intoday.in
By Lakshana N Palat (3/5)

Over the years, many Bollywood filmmakers have decided to take the patriotic route and make nationalism-infused dramas. Patriotism is the key to the hearts of the audience and this formula seems to be working fairly well, and box office numbers are proof. The latest in the slew of nationalist films is Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari. It is based on the September 2016 retaliation surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in response to the terror attacks at Uri, the army base camp in Kashmir.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2/5)

That a film about a solider fighting to keep his country safe will be full of valour and 'desh-bhakti' is a given. The surgical strikes India undertook in Pakistan are at the heart of this film, and we get all the requisite elements of a 'war film': action in the war-zones, hovering helicopters, brave army men and women, cowardly enemies, and the relentless rat-a-tat of machine-guns, the devastation caused by hand grenades, and bodies exploding in a gush of blood.

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