Uri: The Surgical Strike is breaking many box office records. The film written and directed by Aditya Dhar in his debut, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP Movies has collected more than 200 crores net in India. The film features Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, and Yami Gautam in lead roles. A dramatised account of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack, the film follows Major Vihaan Singh Shergill of the Indian Army, who plays a leading role in organizing it. Uri was theatrically released on 11 January 2019.
Like all successful films, even this film has been accused by certain organisation. Some organisation have commented that this film is politically motivated and is seen as marketing campaign for Narendra Modi led NDA government. With elections in next few months, it is alleged by few that BJP is behind this film.
Actor-turned-BJP MP Paresh Rawal plays the sutradhar in the Uri teaser, spewing dialogues like, ‘Yehi mauka hai unke dil mein dar bithane ka’, ‘India will no longer keep quiet’ and ‘This is the new India. This India will invade their homes and hit them where it hurts.’
All these have given rise to speculation that the film is a propaganda film. However if you observe closely, the film is not at all a propaganda film. It is about a real incident. The surgical strike is a proud moments for all Indians. We must be proud of our Indian Army. At the same time, we must also be thankful to Narendra Modi, as it was under his leadership, all the decisions were taken on surgical strike.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has praised the latest release Uri. He has helmed films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Ugly and Dev.D, also said that Uri directed by Aditya Dhar is not a propaganda film. “‘Uri’ is not a propaganda film. Any war film about the heroism of its soldiers will be patriotic by default. By that standards ‘Border’ , ‘LOC’, ‘Haqeeqat’ wore patriotism on its sleeve. War movies are either anti-war like ‘come and See’ or patriotic,” he tweeted.
Sujay, a BJP worker said, “Uri is a proud film for all Indians. Stop giving political colours to it. Narendra Modi is a great leader and he will not need films to get votes. He will anyway win with bigger margin this time. All these propaganda thing is handiwork of Congress, who know they will be routed. Uri was based on real life incident and has shown everything as what happened. How can it be called as Politically motivated film. In the past, we have seen films showing Congress leaders in good sign. No one commented that time telling it is politically motivated, then why now?
However all these controversies are not having any effect on Uri. It is breaking records and is one of the most profitable film in Bollywood ever made.