India Pakistan decades-old rivalry may have damaged both countries but has benefitted Bollywood that has always profited on anti-Pakistan sentiment. A by-product of such attitude is recent movie ”URI” – which has apparently already gained a lot of popularity among the nationalists or should we say, ‘Modi Bhakats’ prior to elections.
Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Uri’ is based on 2016 surgical strikes, which Indian army ‘claims’ they carried out in Pakistan in response to an act of terrorism in Kashmir.
“19 unarmed military soldiers were martyred at the Uri base camp Kashmir” – says the title, setting the ground for the entire hypothetical storyline. Kaushal plays a weary soldier, who vows to revenge the death of his fellow army men.
The dialogues like ‘they want Kashmir, we want their heads’ show the sort of manipulative tactics being used to profit on national sentiments, which is nothing unordinary. However, what is unordinary is the time of the release of the movie – which aligns perfectly with General Elections 2019 in India.
India’s independent reporting source, known for their critical review on Bollywood, ‘The Wire’ shared similar sentiments. Tanya Jha writes that the film is a free BJP advertisement for the upcoming polls.
In her article ‘Uri’ Trailer: Brace Yourselves, More Toxic Hyper-Nationalism is Coming, Tanya writes:
”The film’s timing will help the BJP market the surgical strike in the 2019 elections as its unique contribution to Indian security — a claim belied by similar army actions taken under previous governments”
— The Wire (@thewire_in) December 5, 2018
Credibility is another question, however, the glorification of bloodshed is a new low for Bollywood profiting on anti-Pakistan sentiment. Needless to say, the review has triggered the hyper-nationalists and they responded, condemning the reporting source.
Lol. You guys are so insanely off
to think nationalism is something to brace yourself from.
Confucius Say: Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) December 6, 2018
There could be a reason why cr00ks at @thewire_in are upset at the trailer of #Uri. Could it be because Uri signifies #SurgicalStrike i.e. India's strong resolve against its enemies. And when it comes to enmity with India, Wire might even chose to go with India's arch rivals. pic.twitter.com/w91mNC9xGk
— Chhayank Mehta (@chhayank) December 6, 2018
— 🇮🇳 🚩मुमुक्षु #एकांते_सुखमास्याम् #Team_HJM (@Pratyangira1) December 6, 2018
This para is from that article …
Now what's intolerance got to do with this movie.
The Wire doesn't want people to watch this movie as it'll help Modi govt ahead of 2019. pic.twitter.com/0rimoeWcbV
— रित्विक महाले (@VRaigad) December 6, 2018
Seems relatives of terrorists are feeling the pain. Wire blown.
— Ashish Sharma (@control_limits) December 6, 2018
Awww.. 'The Wire' ko mirchi lgii 😂😂😂😂
Ander tk jalan huii..
Its All right.
And u r well aware of Indian Cinema..
Bus mirch masala lgate h..
Or apko mirchi lag jaati h..😂😂
the SURGICAL STRIKE & "URI.."were just a trailer
Picture abi baaki h mere DOST
— Shubham Jain (@shubhujain5511) December 6, 2018
The Liar Ko pasand nahi aaya mtlb pro India hi hoga. Accha hai ab dekhunga 😀😄
— 🇮🇳#Chanakya🇮🇳 (@ChankyaBihar) December 6, 2018
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