Movies like Tumbbad, Badhaai Ho, Andhadhun indicates an elusive renaissance going on within Indian cinema, URI: The Surgical Strike is no different. It’s hard to believe that this has been Aditya Dhar’s first directional debut. Many will draw contrast with Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty or Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, yet stories based on true events do have very similar take on chronicle.
Rarely do we get chance to see movies on Indian Army, leaving aside few like Vijeta  or Prahaar  most of them are plagued with forced chest thumping, flawed tactics making them not worth the time or dime. Even though the plot is based on true events on URI attack back in 18th September 2016 tailed by tactical retaliation by Indian Para Special Forces, its quite evident some liberty has been taken by the production unit for the sake of making the subject easily accessible to the civil population.
A bar has been set on how the action movies should be made in India, Mitesh Mirchandani’s cinematography is phenomenal coupled with a powerful title track from Shashwat Sachdev.
2018 has been a decisive year for Indian cinema, where content has been given rank over no brainer star cast filled films; 2019 might witness a similar trend. The sheer effort tied with intense acting from cast like Vicky Kaushal & Mohit Raina, realistic action & haunting title score makes this a must watch experience on big screen. Finally a true homage to our brothers-in-arms in Indian Para SF.
My Verdict : Highly Recommended - 8/10