With Uri: The Surgical Strike, actor Vicky Kaushal is now a phenomenal and dependable star. The actor, who has left us astounded with his back-to-back spectacular performances, stood out again in this military drama. In just four weeks since its release, the film managed to cross the Rs 200-crore mark and turned out to be the first blockbuster of 2019. However, with the film hitting the cinemas just a few months before the Lok Sabha elections, many termed it as a ‘propaganda film’. The Sanju actor doesn't sound too pleased with the idea and has rubbished the notion.
"We have made the film as a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. It's not necessary to view everything through the political lens. Also, if it was a propaganda film, I wouldn't have been a part of it,” Kaushal told Mid-Day. The film has also given the country its latest catchphrase ‘How’s The Josh’, which has been mouthed by several political leaders as well, including PM Narendra Modi, thereby strengthening the belief that the film is an advocate for the government.
"Once a film releases, it belongs to the audience - be it the cabinet ministers or the Prime Minister or even sports personalities. So if you have the right to say 'How's the josh?', the same right lies with anybody else. We have zero control over it. We are happy that the emotional value of the film is resonating with everyone,” he added.
Filmmaker Aditya Dhar donned the director’s hat for the film which also stars Yami Gautam and Kirti Kulhari among others. It released on January 11 and is still enjoying a run at the box office.