URI- The Surgical Strike (2019) Movie Review: A well Directed Movie Portraying India’s Response To Terrorism

Last Friday, I went with my friends to watch the movie ‘URI- The Surgical Strike’. To be honest, I didn’t see the trailer for this movie before going to the theatre, so I had no expectations. I went to watch it because of my friend and the editor of this channel, Poulomi Das, insisted, and I am glad that she did.

Watch the movie trailer:

  • Release Date: 11 January 2019
  • Director: Aditya Dhar
  • Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan Singh Shergill,
  • Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Govind Bhardwaj (character based on Ajit Doval),
  • Yami Gautam as Pallavi Sharma / Jasmine D’Almeida, an undercover intelligence agent,
  • Rajit Kapur as Prime Minister of India (character based on Narendra Modi)
  • Mohit Raina as Major Karan Kashyap (Para SF sniper)

This movie is an Indian military based action movie which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout its run time which was 2hr and 18 minutes. This movie is highly patriotic one which leaves its audience extremely spirited as the motivations behind the actions were well defined. Further, this movie does a great job of building an emotional bond between its audience and its protagonist (Vicky Kaushal) that adds depth and dimension to this movie.

Moreover, this movie has a feel of an elaborated history lesson and the chapter wise narration adds to this aspect. With that said, it doesn’t mean that this movie was boring. This movie also contains sporadic and straight face humorous scenes to lighten up its audience and provide brief moments of relief for those people who have an aversion towards the subject. Those comical scenes were mostly performed by, none other than Paresh Rawal who fits into such roles marvelously.

Initially, there were some scenes in the movie where I found Vicky Kaushal’s and Mansi Parekh’s acting a bit unnatural but, later in the movie they made up for it. The child actress who played the role of the protagonist’s niece also put up a brilliant performance, especially during the greyer scenes.

For me, the highlight of this movie is not its emotional aspects or its narration but its action scenes, and how close they were in their depiction to a soldier’s life. Sometimes, as civilians, we forget that there are some professions, like being a soldier, purely based on challenging one’s existence. This movie from its start expresses this fact about a soldier’s life quite vividly and allows its audience to empathise with a soldier’s life and the difficulties that they face.

For me, this movie didn’t enrage me nor did it evoke an extra love for my country but it made me feel a bit tired; tired of the thought of people killing one another. Even though I enjoyed the scenes that explained the strategies and demonstrated the clear cut actions, but as I am a person with more of a humanitarian perspective, the violence in this movie was a bit overwhelming for me.

This movie is made to captivate those audiences who like drama, action, and are bored of the usual romantic films. So, if you identify with such an audience, then this movie is a perfect watch for you.

Lastly, I would withdraw your attention from me by asking you a question. Have you ever threatened a bully in your life? If you have, how? Write down your answer in the comment section below. And, if you find this blog helpful press the ‘Like Button’, and ‘follow’ me for such reviews in the future.


Writer: Deepika Bhaduri
About: Movie Anatomie

8 thoughts on “URI- The Surgical Strike (2019) Movie Review: A well Directed Movie Portraying India’s Response To Terrorism

  1. I totally understand your perspective on ‘people killing each other’. You say you’re a humanitarian, now let me tell you the irony in this.
    We are living in the most peaceful times in human history. The entire record of human history is full of wars, deaths, murders, assassination, etc. It is human nature to kill non humans and humans alike. Modern laws have just made it a little harder. The most human part of the term humanitarian is murder and killing. Lol.
    That being said – yes, the movie may not really invoke feelings of patriotism to the average viewer and the uninitiated. But to a person who has has any sort of military background, the movie strikes several chords immediately. From the top secret planning and training (disappearing without a trace leaving family members wondering if the person is actually alive), to the precise – on the dot – execution of plans, to the one second of misjudgment or bad luck for which you pay the ultimate price, to the many contingency plans that fail, to the calm nerves despite elevated heart rates, to the physical and mental exhaustion that you need to fight against whilst carrying out such major missions…. Well you get my point. All these things have been, more or less, portrayed in the movie. The army is the epitome of discipline and sacrifice. I wish the movie had shown more of that, although I’m quite satisfied with what has been shown.
    The movie glorifies the army and at the same time draws parallel at the loss of loved ones. A fast paced, compact narrative keeps the audience engaged. Of course, the movie takes many, many cinematic liberties, but succeeds at what it intends to do.
    We have come a long way in terms of story telling, cgi, and script writing, but LOC Kargil still remains my favourite.
    Ayo Gorkhali!

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  2. Hey if you are reviewing Devdas can you also review the modern version Dev D. Can you do a SWAT analysis do determine which is more accurate with the current society. Thanks!!

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      1. Soon… I have few movies that are my friend’s favourite and I am looking forward to reviewing them first…they are from various genres and reviewing them would be interesting and difficult. I am sure you will enjoy them too. Those movies are quite unique in nature as well. 😊 Then, I promise your request would be my priority. Thanks in advance for your patience.🙂


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