Actors Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike has emerged as the first super-hit film of the year. The Aditya Dhar directorial has collected Rs 70.94 cr in India after earning Rs 7.40 cr on its seventh day of release. Revealing the figures on Twitter, trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#UriTheSurgicalStrike emerges a big favourite at the ticket windows… Crosses ₹ 70 cr… FIRST SUPER-HIT of 2019… Fri 8.20 cr, Sat 12.43 cr, Sun 15.10 cr, Mon 10.51 cr, Tue 9.57 cr, Wed 7.73 cr, Thu 7.40 cr. Total: ₹ 70.94 cr. India biz. #Uri #HowsTheJosh” (sic)
Uri has also beaten many successful Hindi films of 2018 with its Week 1 Box Office collection. It has gone past the collections of Stree, Badhaai Ho, Raazi and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Adarsh added another tweet on the same and wrote, “#UriTheSurgicalStrike hits the jackpot… Collects higher than #SKTKS, #Raazi, #Stree and #BadhaaiHo in Week 1… #SKTKS ₹ 45.94 cr #Raazi ₹ 56.59 cr #Stree ₹ 60.39 cr #BadhaaiHo ₹ 66.10 cr [8 days; released on Thu]
#UriTheSurgicalStrike ₹ 70.94 cr India biz.” (sic)
Uri’s success is also a testimony to the fact that good content doesn’t need a festive release to reach the audience. The film was released on January 11 and received positive reviews from all around. The makers also organised a special screening for Indian President Ram Nath Kovind a few days back.
Uri: The Surgical Strike is about the valour of the Indian army. The film, also featuring actor Mohit Raina, is based on India’s 2016 surgical strike on Pakistan.
Earlier, talking about having Vicky in the lead role in Uri, director Aditya told IANS, “Casting Vicky Kaushal as a solo hero was a risk in itself. We made the film with the kind of budget that would be reasonable for a film with Vicky in the lead. It became a mission where every member of the team gave his best, and then some more. For example, the actor Dhairya who played the Sikh soldier Sartaj was not a Sikh. But he practiced how to be one and lived two weeks in a Gurudwara. The facilities and the freedom provided by our producer Ronnie Screwvala was beyond anything I could’ve imagined.”