Uri: The Surgical Strike, the record-breaking war film that names shames blames and attacks Pakistan as the rogue country perpetrating terror attacks in India, has obtained a renewed box office life after the Pulwama attack. Collections have again swerved upwards all over the country. The sequence in Uri where bodies of martyred soldiers are sent to their families touches a raw nerve in the collective consciousness of all Indians.
Director Aditya Dhar, “I’ve personally known families of martyred soldiers. When their bodies are brought back I’ve seen the grief. It is indescribable. People making insensitive comments on social media have never experienced the hurt and the grief. It’s time the government makes one-year of army life mandatory for every male child in India. This is the only way we can sensitize every Indian to the discipline and sacrifice that army life entails.”
Explaining the phenomena, Uri: The Surgical Strike director Aditya Dhar says, “Indians are very angry. They are not going to take this latest carnage killing so many of our soldiers, quietly. I think Uri reflects that anger. Indians have found a voice of protest in that film which doesn’t shy away from naming Pakistan as the enemy. It’s time we stopped pretending that all is well on the non-political level. How can we invite Pakistani actors and singers to our cinema when not one of them had condemned the Pulwama attack.”
Aditya feels war is the only solution. “We have to let them know we are not a weak nation. If every time they attack us and we forgive and move on, then this cycle of terror attacks never stops. We have to teach them a lesson. We have to let them know enough is enough.”
Aditya says both he and his Uri leading man Vicky Kaushal have taken the Pulwama attack very personally. “Vicky and I were together when the news of the Pulwama losses came in. we felt as if it was a personal blow, as if we lost people very close to us. Unless we take this attack personally how can we ever rectify the situation? If we allow Pakistan to get away with this, the attacks will never stop. Instead of making idiotic insensitive comments, our politicians should campaign for strong retaliatory action against Pakistan.”
Aditya says he would consider making a film on the Pulwama attack. “Not now, though. The wounds are too raw. Maybe a few years from now when we can have some objective perspective on the issue. At the moment, we as a nation are wounded and angry. We want to teach Pakistan a lesson.”
In the meanwhile some actors from Pakistan have started recommending a boycott of Bollywood. Aditya laughs, “That’s priceless. Do we need them? Or do they need us? Please boycott us. We are waiting.”