This year’s first blockbuster the war film URI created new box office records and set the profit standards for the rest of the year. While URI has been raking in the moolah and the recognition, its young media-shy director Aditya Dhar had been travelling extensively across Europe and America for the past two months writing and location hunting for his next project.
I caught up with Aditya Dhar in Mexico. He was understandably pleased that his film has been selected for Kargil Diwas on Juy 27. Says Aditya, “I am deeply honoured that URI is becoming a part of the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations on 26th July. It’s a wonderful initiative by our Honourable Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis Sir to showcase the film in 500 locations across Maharashtra.”
The proud yet modest director hopes his film would encourage more and more young people to join the army. “I truly hope URI keeps motivating each and every Indian for generations to join hands in serving our nation to the best of their ability.”
Reminiscing fondly over the time when URI was being shot Aditya says, “During the shoot of URI, my team and I would often dream aloud that if we were able to inspire even a single person to join the Defence Services after seeing the film we would consider the purpose of making Uri served!!”
Indeed URI has hit home.
“Today we are flooded with so many messages, calls and e-mails from young Indians who were inspired by the film and decided to join our Armed Forces. It’s truly the greatest validation for any filmmaker to know that somewhere their work has got the youth of India to think about the bravery, valour and sacrifice of our brave soldiers and instil these very emotions in them,” concluded Aditya before getting lost in the jungles of Mexico.