Besides being gut-wrenching, emotionally stirring, and deeply invigorating, Uri is also quite simply a masterpiece of the war genre, shot with high-caliber cinematography, performed brilliantly by the ensemble cast, and directed with surgical precision by debutant Aditya Dhar.
The film is extremely well researched, packs a punch right where it matters, and engulfs you with myriad emotions without once resorting to jingoism or xenophobia. Moreover, the camerawork and lighting by Mitesh Mirchandani are so real, and it’s backed by such meticulous editing by Shivkumar V. Panicker, that they succeed in placing you firmly on the battlefield of Dhar’s raw, intense, gripping, vulnerable, and emotionally charged narrative. Lakshya may still eke out Uri by a whisker as India’s best plotted war film, but when it comes to detailing, intensity, and sheer impact on the audience’s psyche, the latter hitherto has no equal.
Vicky Kaushal, who’s fast building a stock of indelible characters, delivers another performance of a lifetime (especially observe him in the scene where he fights back his tears while watching his fallen comrades). He’s effectively backed by Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari, and Mohit Raina, who leaves a strong impact in his film debut despite limited screen time. Yami Gautam also looks confident in her role as an intelligence.offcer though she still needs to work on her dialogue delivery.
The Indian Army received its long awaited catharsis, rendering the 2016 surgical strike. Two years later, it’s time for every Indian to feel cathartic by living the experience on the big screen.
Movified Rating: 4.5/5