Vicky Kaushal starrer military drama Uri: The Surgical Strike has managed to collect Rs 63.54 crore in six days. The film which opened on January 11 minted Rs 8.20 crore on its day 1, and a total of Rs 35.73 crore by the end of its first weekend. It crossed Rs 50 crore in five days, becoming the first hit of 2019.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest figures of Uri. He tweeted, “#UriTheSurgicalStrike is sensational… Crosses ₹ 60 cr… En route ₹ 100 cr Club… Is a SUPER-HIT. On course to be a BLOCKBUSTER… Fri 8.20 cr, Sat 12.43 cr, Sun 15.10 cr, Mon 10.51 cr, Tue 9.57 cr, Wed 7.73 cr. Total: ₹ 63.54 cr. India biz. #Uri #HowsTheJosh”
Previously, he had also revealed that Uri: The Surgical Strike was trending better than last year’s hits Raazi, Stree and Badhaai Ho.
#UriTheSurgicalStrike is sensational… Crosses ₹ 60 cr… En route ₹ 100 cr Club… Is a SUPER-HIT. On course to be a BLOCKBUSTER… Fri 8.20 cr, Sat 12.43 cr, Sun 15.10 cr, Mon 10.51 cr, Tue 9.57 cr, Wed 7.73 cr. Total: ₹ 63.54 cr. India biz. #Uri #HowsTheJosh
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 17, 2019
Uri: The Surgical Strike is Aditya Dhar’s directorial debut and also stars Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Kirti Kulhari. It is based on Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control and has Vicky in the lead role of Major Vihaan Shergill, an officer from India’s Special Forces who leads the strike.
The movie has picked up pace owing to a good word of mouth publicity. So much so, that many cinema halls increased its number of shows. Seeing the current trends, it’s performance is expected to stay steady even in the coming days.
“Uri is the first hit of 2019 and a true blockbuster. The fact that its Monday collections were higher than previous Friday collections is a proof that the film is enjoying a terrific word-of-mouth. It is also a testament to the fact that Indian audience loves differentiated content,” Ashish Saksena, COO- Cinemas, BookMyShow shared with indianexpress.com.
While the film is getting a lot of audience love, some critics gave mixed reviews calling it a propaganda film. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, Aditya reacted on all such allegations. He said, “In reality, the surgical strikes were sanctioned by the current government. I am showing chronologically what had happened. What is wrong about that? They have done it and we are telling that story. Tomorrow, if you say that there was an incredible story during Indira Gandhi’s tenure, I would love to take it up. I would just tell a great story, that’s my job. Uri is the army’s point of view. I get really riled up when people say anything negative about the army. You are not realising that you are getting to write that message on Twitter because you are safe in your house because of the army.
“And as per Uri’s release date, that is not decided on the basis that it is an election year. It is decided purely on the economics of the film. My producer had announced the release date way back because January 11 was a clear date and January 15 is Army Day, January 26 is the Republic Day. So we wanted to come in that week where people have that feeling of patriotism,” he added.