Bollywood’s upcoming controversial movie ‘Uri’ based on 2016 attack on the town of Uri in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is said to anti-Pakistan but film’s director Aditya Dhar says the intention of his directorial debut Uri: The Surgical Strike is not to show Pakistan in the bad light but to focus on the issue of terrorism.
“The film is about how Indian Army fought terrorism. Our focus in the film is about how to fight against terrorism. There is nothing anti-Pakistan. We are not fighting against any individual or country, we are fighting against the cross-border terrorism that is happening. We have shown a balanced perspective,” Aditya said.
Despite a ban on Indian films in the neighbouring country, the director says he would have loved to show his movie in Pakistan. “Any sane or logical person be it Indian or Pakistani will understand that the film is about fighting terrorism.”“I was figuring out how to recast for the film and who to approach. But within 10 days surgical strikes happened.” “I panicked and I started writing the screenplay and in 12 days the first draft was ready. It is a sensitive topic and we had to take permission from the Army. I shared my story with Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADDPI), PR division of army and they loved it. “They told us 12 producers from Bollywood have approached them to make a film on surgical strikes but they did not have any story.”
“We wanted to stay as true as possible. We did not exaggerate anything. We stayed real. After all, army men are normal people. Vicky Kaushal and other actors trained for about six months to understand their daily routine and mannerisms,” he added.
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17 November, 2019