With the release of Simmba, 2018 ended with a bang and now, Bollywood welcomes 2019 with two releases, The Accidental Prime Minister and Uri: The Surgical Strike.
The Accidental Prime Minister starring Anupam Kher is based on the book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. The film chronicles the time when Manmohan Singh served as the Prime Minister. The film saw some controversy as few opposition party members saw it as a misinterpretation of the truth. Few have also called this a propaganda film because of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film also stars Akshaye Khanna in a pivotal role.
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Uri: The Surgical Strike stars Vicky Kaushal in the lead role. The film is based on the events of the surgical strike that happened in 2016 in response to the Uri attacks. Director Aditya Dhar makes his debut with this film. Vicky Kaushal earlier shared with indianexpress.com, “The topic of patriotism is so relevant today. It is like we are defining what patriotism is. Is it about showing and expressing patriotism or about feeling it? In times like today where we are more vocal about patriotism, it was a huge task to tell this story and convey the message more responsibly.”
Follow all the latest updates about The Accidental Prime Minister and Uri: The Surgical Strike
Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam talk about Uri: The Surgical Strike
Uri and The Accidental Prime Minister off to a slow start
Trade analyst Girish Johar shared the performance of the two films. "As per #EarlyTrends for early shows all across, #Uri has taken around 30% start & #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister is around 15% start. Both are expected to pick up through the day & over ther weekend !!!" he shared on Twitter.
Abhishek Bachchan wishes team Uri
Abhishek Bachchan who shared the screen with Vicky Kaushal in Manmarziyaan wished him luck for Uri. "Best wishes to my bro @vickykaushal09 and team #URI for the release today. How's the josh?!!!!?!" he tweeted.
Karan Johar reviews Uri: What an incredible film
After watching Uri, Karan Johar walked out of the theater feeling a 'burst of patriotic energy'. Sharing his review of the film, he wrote, "HOWS THE JOSH??? VERY HIGH SIR!!! What an incredible film #URI is!!! Walked out feeling a burst of patriotic energy! Superbly crafted,narrated, shot and executed! This ones an immensely proud box office winner!!! DONT MISS IT!!!! What and incredible actor @vickykaushal09 is! His performance is a blend of strength and sensitivity !!! This film will take the actor to stardom! He is OUTSTANDING! Great work by debut director @AdityaDharFilms !! He’s a director to watch out for!! Proud work!"
In his other tweet, he heaped praises on the cinematography of the film. "Absolutely stunning cinematography by @miteshdop !! Capturing the attack with flair and expertise! His best moments are also in the quite scenes! Master work!!! Congratulations to the big daddy of @RSVPMovies @RonnieScrewvala for making such great content!" read his tweet.
Yami Gautam talks about Uri: The Surgical Strike
Kanika Dhillon on Uri
"loved #UriTheSurgicalStrike ! @vickykaushal09 you keep us asking for more :)! Congratulations to the entire team! @AdityaDharFilms 👏👏! The josh should be top notch :)" wrote screenwriter Kanika Dhillon.
Bhagyashree on Uri: 'It's outstanding'
Actor Bhagyashree watched Uri: The Surgical Strike and tweeted, "Just saw #URITheSurgicalStrike Its outstanding, gave me goose bumps. @vickykaushal09 @mohituraina @yamigautam @KirtiKulhari All have poured their heart into this. Director #adityadhar take a bow!"
Anupam Kher's mother reviews The Accidental Prime Minister
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Actor Angira Dhar on Uri
Angira Dhar, popular for her role in web series Bang Baaja Baaraat, loved every bit of Uri. "THE JOSH IS HIGH #URI Loved every bit of it @vickykaushal09 @soniakanwar22 @AdityaDharFilms what a fantastic film!! Sending all my best wishes to team URI," she wrote after watching Vicky Kaushal starrer.
Looking forward to watch The Accidental Prime Minister, says Juhi Chawla
Sharing a video posted by Anupam Kher from the sets of The Accidental Prime Minister, Juhi Chawla tweeted, "Suuppeerrbbb !!! So looking forward to watching this film and your performance Anupamji !!"
Anupam Kher talks about The Accidental Prime Minister
Bollywood excited for Uri: The Surgical Strike
In sabka josh? Super HIGH hai! #UriTheSurgicalStrike @vickykaushal09 @bhumipednekar @RanveerOfficial @ayushmannk @karanjohar @aliaa08 @SidMalhotra @Varun_dvn #RanbirKapoor @RajkummarRao @ektaravikapoor #RohitShetty @Ashwinyiyer @RonnieScrewvala pic.twitter.com/laC6KRjrPV— RSVPMovies (@RSVPMovies) January 10, 2019
'Uri is the he most exciting war, action and patriotic film of our time'
Actor Sumeet Vyas was impressed with Vicky Kaushal's performance in Uri: The Surgical Strike. After watching the film, he tweeted, "#UriTheSurgicalStrike is the most exciting war/action/@vickykaushal09 / patriotic film of our time. Thank you @AdityaDharFilms @RonnieScrewvala for opening This year’s cinema doors with a #bang double jhappi to @vickykaushal09 again for being so effortlessly amazing. 😘."
Daler Mehndi on Uri: The Surgical Strike
Singer Daler Mehndi called Uri a 'must-watch'. He tweeted, "I wish #URITheSurgicalStrike team all the very best. It’s a tribute to our armed forces. A must watch. Thank you for appreciating #JaggaJiteya."
Hearing amazing things about Uri, says Apoorva Mehta
Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta posted on Twitter, "You have started the year with josh @vickykaushal09 hearing amazing things about #Uri! And debut director @AdityaDharFilms making us proud with his craft! Can’t wait to watch!!"
The Accidental Prime Minister could earn Rs 3 crore on opening day
Talking about the box office collection of The Accidental Prime Minister, trade analyst Girish Johar told indianexpress.com, “The controversies around the film have increased the awareness around it. Also, the story involves the premier family of the country so there is a lot of political buzz around it. Some are even looking at it as political agenda. Anupam Kher playing the role of former PM Manmohan Singh has also raised many eyebrows. So, with so much talk happening around the film, it is expected to earn Rs 3-4 crores on its opening day.”
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Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur praises the performances in The Accidental Prime Minister
Shekhar Kapur took to Twitter and wrote, "Two very strong performances make #AccidentalPrimeMinister a must see film. Akshaye Khanna and Anupam Kher. Anupam creates Manmohan Singh as a man who seems weak but carries great strength inside. Yet ultimately finds that principles and politics do not go together @AnupamPKher"
Uri: The Surgical Strike could earn Rs 4-5 crore on opening day
Trade analyst Girish Johar earlier told indianexpress.com that Uri might open with a box office collection of Rs 4-5 crore. “Assuming that there will be a positive word of mouth, the action-based film Uri will earn Rs 4-5 crore on its opening day. The trailer, the small snippets from the film and the other promotional activities have been put across well. It is a sensitive military drama but also looks like an urban film which will probably invite more audience to the multiplexes,” Johar said.
Akshaye Khanna talks about The Accidental Prime Minister
Pooja Hegde appreciates the performances in Uri
Actor Pooja Hegde took to Twitter and wrote, "#URI is one of the best films I’ve seen in recent times. So WELL MADE with good performances all round. It had me at d edge of my seat,Full credit goes to d director on this 1.A MUST WATCH film.Respect to our Indian Army🙏🏻@AdityaDharFilms @RSVPMovies @vickykaushal09 take a bow 👏🏼"
Our verdict | The Accidental Prime Minister
The Accidental Prime Minister is an out-an-out propaganda film, created for the specific purpose of making the former prime minister look like a weak, spineless man, a puppet whose strings were controlled by The Family (the word is blipped out, but there is no hiding the movement of the lips). Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Priyanka and the power-hungry caucus around them are shown as the real power behind the throne. The film is careful to underline that Singh was honorable, upright and personally incorruptible, but that he overlooked the corruption of his party colleagues, and was paralysed because of the far-reaching influence of The Family.
Director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari on Uri
"Respect to the Indian Soldiers for silently protecting us.Thank-you #AdityaDhar @RonnieScrewvala for #URITheSurgicalStrike Dearest @vickykaushal09 you r the talent that represents new age minds evoking a sense of patriotism. Watch it in cinemas. Feel #URI," wrote Ashwini Iyer Tiwari on Twitter.
Anil Kapoor calls Anupam Kher a "great storyteller"
"Just like every role you do, @AnupamPKher you have done full justice to this character as well. You're such a great story teller! This definitely was a difficult film and could only be done by an actor par excellence. You are impeccable! #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister," shared Anl Kapoor on Twitter.
Goldie Behl on Uri: The Surgical Strike
Filmmaker Goldie Behl on Uri: The Surgical Strike, "Watched some interesting cinema last night - #Uri. The final chapter was the most reverting and exhilarating. Congratulations @RonnieScrewvala, @AdityaDharFilms, @vickykaushal09 and @yamigautam."
Hansal Mehta on The Accidental Prime Minister
Hansal Mehta, who is the creative producer of The Accidental Prime Minister wrote on Twitter, "Dear @AnupamPKher. Sir, it was a privilege being with you as you walked the tight rope between caricature and character while playing Dr. Manmohan Singh in #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Thank you sir. The audience will watch and judge our efforts today. Best wishes and love."
Insight into Indian Army's special units
The surgical strike was carried out by the Indian army's special unit, one of the many lesser-known groups of our armed forces which undertake such covert missions. Uri brings to fore many such things including how the army prepares for an undercover attack.
Uri also stars Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari, Yogesh Sonam and Mohit Raina among others. While Rawal plays Ajit Doval, Yogesh plays Manohar Parikkar, all of whom were associated with the surgical strikes. Uri reveals the role of these real-life men and women in the historical event.
After giving us a memorable 2018 with hits in the form of three Bollywood movies and two Netflix films, Vicky Kaushal is exploring an entirely new genre - action. Previously speaking to indianexpress.com, Vicky shared how he was eagerly waiting to do an action film for long. He said, "For me, Uri was a journey of some nine months, in which I did so many things I had never done before, be it putting on some weight to getting a physique, the action training. This is my out-and-out action film where I am unleashing a lot of punches. So this was a genre I was really looking forward to. That happened. It is a real-life story based on the Uri attacks and the following surgical strikes. I’m playing a soldier. So it was very new for me."
Seeing Vicky in such a fierce character is surely a reason to watch this new film.
Inspired by a real-life incident
Meanwhile, Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the 2016 surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control, as a retaliation for the Uri attack in which four heavily armed militants crossed the Line of Control and launched an attack on the Indian forces, leaving 19 army personnel dead. While the event made headlines for days, how the entire surgical strike was carried out in a confidential manner is what makes the core of Uri.
The Accidental Prime Minister cast
Not just Anupam Kher, The Accidental Prime Minister boasts of a terrific cast who have managed to ape the look and style of their real-life counterparts to perfection. Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru, Lipstick Under My Burkha fame Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi, Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi, Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi, Vimal Verma as Lalu Prasad Yadav, Avter Saini as Lal Krishna Advani and Anil Rastogi as Shivraj Patil among others look like smart casting.
A unique Anupam Kher role
From the first on-location images to the various slo-mo videos shared by Anupam Kher himself on social media, all we can say is the veteran actor has put in a lot of hard work to get into the skin of Manmohan Singh's character. From his body language to mannerisms, Kher is looking absolutely convincing.
The Accidental Prime Minister is a political drama based on the controversial book of the same name. The book was written by Sanjaya Baru, who served as the media advisor of Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2008. The memoir reveals the life of Singh during his tenure as the PM and the challenges he faced. The plot of the film is surely intriguing.
The Accidental Prime Minister has courted trouble ever since its trailer was released. While the Congress were up in arms against the political drama, BJP promoted it full throttle. And amid all this, the Delhi High Court also dismissed a ban plea against the film. With so much action happening in real life, it will be exciting to see what Anupam Kher starrer has to offer.
Uri: Our verdict
Uri: The Surgical Strike is slickly made, and on the whole keeps you watching despite some clunky passages. It’s always good to have movies in which the soldiers look real, even if the action is buoyed by such dialogues as ‘unhe Kashmir chaihye, humein unka sar’. If that’s not jingoism, I don’t know what is. The Pakistanis are shown as a bunch of not exactly incompetents, but incapable of matching up to the Indians.
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