Uri Director: The Time To Act Against Pakistan Is Now


Uri, 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  boxoffice 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 director Aditya Dhar says, “Indians are very angry. They are not going to take this latest carnage killing  so many of our solidiers, quietly.I think Urireflects  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  ofBollywood.

Aditya laughs, “That’s priceless. Do we need them? Or do they  need us? Please  boycott us.We are waiting.”

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