Mark your calendars, for the Vicky Kaushal starrer 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' is all set to release on January 11. Based on a real-life mission carried out by the Indian army to take down terrorist camps, the hype for the film is skyrocketing. But all enthusiasm aside, there has also been a steady stream of criticisms being levelled against the film. The movie has been dubbed as jingoistic and has been called as a toxic dose of hyper-nationalism, a propaganda film among many others. When Republic TV interviewed the cast of Uri on these matters, here's what they had to say.
When director Aditya Dhar was asked as to why the film is coming out right before election season, he said, "First of all the timing, the timing was decided a year back. The release date is decided according to the economics of the film. It's not decided according to election or this month will be better." Coming to the propaganda aspect, he added, "The only propaganda that this film has is the Indian Army. We have to show Indian army the best way possible and the idea was to exactly show what had happened, the sacrifices Indian army had made and the way revenge was taken. So the idea was to show it in the truest light possible.That was the only mindset we had, that was the only criteria we had."
Vicky simply scoffed at this notion as he started off by saying, "You really think that's how a film gets made? You know how a real film gets made? A writer sits in a room he gets a story, he starts writing a story on that. And you think when he is penning the story he's thinking about hypernationalism, undernationalism, nationalism, nobody thinks like that! He wants to showcase a good story, he wants to present it to the audience, and make that three hours of time worthwhile."
"In this case, our director Aditya found a true story and when he started researching about that story, when he started discussing that story with the army officials he met, with many people that he met, he thought that there's a story that needs to be told. He made it with utmost honesty, we all got into it with utmost honesty, and we are confident that when people watch the film in its full context, they wouldn't have these doubts."
Yami Gautam, who plays an intelligence officer in the film, was also critical of these terms, although she put across her points in a more subtle way as she said, "I feel people have always had all sorts of opinion on everything, especially in today's time. Maybe it's just a certain section, but they need to understand that the Indian army at least is way above these things, these words, these terms like propaganda. We know with what intention this film has been made which a majority of people are connecting with."
But the best was saved for the last as Paresh Rawal had a scathing reply ready as he said, "In our country, there's a termite clan. No matter what you do, they will only see the bad. They will never see the positive side. Our army has done such a big task, so what is wrong in puffing your chest and showing it? Where is the propaganda here? When our jawans were killed, burnt, that time they said nothing. When we went and took revenge, then instead of praising they curse the army. There are some who call army chief a thug. Such people will keep blabbering, keep talking, they're termites. You should never think about them."
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