26th July is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas in India. Vicky Kaushal’s super successful movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ to be screened in theatres on Kargil Vijay Diwas.
‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ is one of the most successful patriotic movies in recent times. Released on January 11, 2019 the film received an overwhelming response at the box office and went on to collect well over Rs 200 crore at the box office. Post ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’, the entire nation was asking ‘How’s The Josh?’
What is Kargil vijay Diwas?
Kargil Vijay Diwas (named after the successful Operation Vijay) is celebrated on 26 July in India. On this date in 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistan during the Kargil Conflict in May-July 1999. The battles were fought in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik & Turtok Sectors.
‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’
The film is based on the 2016 Indian Army’s “surgical strikes on terror launchpads” across the Line of Control (LOC). The strikes followed an attack on an Army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, in which 17 Indian soldiers were killed.
So its no surprise that on Kargil Vijay Diwas, the film will be re-released in several screens. The Maharashtra government has asked theatres to organise special shows of the film (free of cost) to ‘propagate nationalism’ and to commemorate Kargil Vijay Diwas.
“Just one screen must be reserved, we have decided to not object as this is the first time the government has made such a request,” general secretary of Multiplex Association of India, after some theatre owners epressed their displeasure “who would pay the electricity bill for lights and air-conditioning, and the government also levies GST on film screenings”.
The film was directed by Aditya Dhar and also stars Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kriti Kulhari and Mohit Raina in important roles.