Director Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike continues to be unstoppable at the box office.
After collecting a remarkable Rs219 crore in five weeks, the Vicky Kaushal-starrer equalled yet another record on its sixth Friday yesterday by earning Rs1.15 crore, as per figures shared by BoxOfficeIndia.com.
By doing so, Uri has become only the second Hindi film after Anil Sharma’s blockbuster Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) to earn Rs1 crore or more on its sixth Friday.
Uri is based on a surgical strike carried out by Indian forces against terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to avenge a terrorist strike against an army camp in Uri district of Jammu & Kashmir in September 2016.
The film has consistently earned good to excellent numbers ever since it was released on 4 January, the first Friday of this year.
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It made a staggering Rs18.73 crore in its fifth week that ended on Thursday (14 February), incidentally the very day a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary force personnel in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir, sparking renewed calls for military action against terrorist camps across the Line of Control.
The grand total of Uri: The Surgical Strike now stands at Rs220.23 crore nett.
Starring Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel and Amrish Puri in pivotal roles, Gadar told the fictional tale of a Sikh man’s effort to bring his Muslim wife back to India from Pakistan after she is forcibly detained there by her parents after Partition.
The film was a winner all the way at the box office despite clashing with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Aamir Khan-starrer Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001), which received a lot of acclaim and was India’s official entry to the 2002 Oscars.
The film ended with a lifetime domestic collection of Rs76.88 crore, which was considered a huge amount 18 years ago.
Interestingly, the stories of both Gadar and Uri had something to do with Pakistan.
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