Somewhere in an average Bollywood movieholic’s mind, the expectations of the upcoming action movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ have outshone the results achieved by many of its contemporaries. The movie is based upon the Indian army’s surgical strikes on Pakistan as a retaliation for the Uri attack in 2016. The music label (Zee Music Company) has released the powerful song “Challa”, which is a short description of the armed forces preparing for the aforementioned attack.
“Uri: The Surgical Strike” stars a seasoned casting comprising Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Kirti Kulhari, Mohit Raina and Paresh Rawal.
“Challa” is sung by Vivek Hariharan, Shashwat Sachdev and Romy, with backing vocals by Yamy Singh, Mandar Apte, Mayuresh Madgavkar, Nitin Tupe and Arun Ingle. The lyrics were composed by Kumaar and the music was composed by Shashwat Sachdev, with an array of instruments in the background. The music consists of a rich musical background score composed of plucked instruments by Tapan Roy, bass by Mohini Dey, tumbi by Romy and dhol by Kadir Khavra, Iqbal Shiekh, Kadir Sheikh, Asfak Khavra, Manoj Kumar Hela and Husen Langha.
“Challa” is a song that can make any patriotic sing with joy, for it sings of the passion and resolution to fight for the country despite any obstacles in the way. The refrain ‘main lad jaana’ refers to the same sentiment as above, ending with the statement that they would be known as icons by the surviving people. One can sense a smattering of Punjabi in the lyrics, but that doesn’t hamper the beauty of the song in any way.
As for music, you won’t find soft and lyrical music as this one screams the energy and vigour that one needs to motivate someone to keep fighting for their country till the very end. The video begins with a short speech addressed to Major Vihaan Shergill (lead character played by Kaushal), directing him to prepare the best possible team for the purpose. The video follows the procedures adopted by the armed forces to prepare and perform the attack, with some graphic scenes as well.
If anything, one should definitely keep their tickets booked for “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, for the movie does promise something good in return. The Vicky Kaushal-Yami Gautam-starrer will be released on 11 January 2019.