January 11 marks a significant date for the team of 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' as the movie hits the theatres. The action drama is based on the Indian army's surgical strike against suspected militants in Pakistan. With just days remaining for the big release, Republic TV got in touch with the cast of the film including Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, and director Aditya Dhar.
In the exclusive interview, Vicky Kaushal expressed a special message for the Indian Army. The actor, who will be playing an Indian soldier in the upcoming venture, said that he is thankful to the Indian Army for the sacrifices they make every day to keep the citizens safe.
"For the Indian Army, I can only say thank you for what they do for us. It's because of them we live a peaceful life, enjoy our festivals and have a peaceful sleep at night. Thank you for doing what you do."
"Aap hai toh hum hai" co-star Paresh Rawal added to his statement.
Talking about his experience prepping for the action drama, Vicky said, "It was stimulating for me. The opportunity I got to witness an army man's life from such close proximity, and also the time I got to get into the character was stimulating indeed."
When asked about his views on the surgical strike, the actor said, "If my army comes and tells that they have done a certain thing, I won't even blink an eye. If a personality like Mr. Hooda (Ex-Lt DS Hooda) comes on National television and says that they have done a surgical strike, and he gives the details of it, I will never doubt it."
Talking about the same, veteran actor Paresh Rawal, further adds to the statement saying, people who question the surgical strike and state that Pakistan has not verified it should understand that Pakistan won't do that. He said that they cannot agree that our army entered their land and overpowered their forces. "Those who question army's achievements are just hurting the army's sentiments by doubting it. Whatever you say from your drawing room is intangible but the blood they shed in the borders in completely tangible," he said.
Talking about how surgical strike was portrayed in the film, the actor said, "It's not at all dramatic. The operation had very meticulous planning. When you'll watch the film, you'll know it has been treated at the level of a thriller and not in a jingoistic way. There is no Pakistan bashing or anything as such, so you will know all sorted and intellectual people are sitting on the table for discussion."
Actress Yami Gautam, who is also playing an integral role in the film, gave out details about her character saying that it is not based on any particular character, rather it is an amalgamation of two-three officers who prefer to serve the country under cover.
Talking about the same, Yami said, "It's not based on any character, its an amalgamation of two-three officers who will always be anonymous to us because that's how they work. They just love to work for their country, selflessly, tirelessly, behind the closed doors, just making sure we are safe."
"This is a character-driven film. This entire mission is all about one of the finest synchronizations of some really important departments in the entire country, be it your defense, be it your army, be it ISRO, DRDO, and NSA. For me, the most exciting thing as an actor at the personal level was the kind of role I played in the film. So far people have seen me as a quintessential girl next door, but this is the first time I am playing such a character. I am glad Aditya saw beyond the stereotypical way. It was quite a revaluation for me. Be it the character, be it the subject, be it the team, all in all, extremely proud of being a part of 'Uri'. " the actress further stated.
Director Aditya Dhar also joined the conversation, sharing his experience of shooting in Siberia and revealed that they have shot the action sequences in Siberia because the kind of gear special forces wears was very hard to avail in India. Moreover, according to the topography, Siberia was very close to Kashmir, so it was a perfect pick. He further opened up about the hardships they faced while shooting for the film in the chilly nights in the forests of Siberia. He said that it was 'actually a very difficult shoot' as the temperature was really low and they were shooting in difficult locations.
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