I was asked this question about latest 2 Super hit movies, Kabir Singh and URI, which one is the best and why? I had a chance to to give my views about both the films. I saw both the movies in theater and liked both of them.
Let me remind you, I watch movies from a lot of different perspectives at any given time. So my views on this question is not based on me being some Fan of particular Actor or Director but I am basically a fan of good movies.
Both movies are from different genre and have equally different treatment to it. Both of them are equally good in it’s each own way.
Let’s see how..
Both movies are smashing hits and earned over 200 crores and liked by audiences. No doubt.apart from being miles apart in terms of delivery and presentation both have touched a common point in audiences.
They touched the audiences pulse hard, but in different points.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
Director: Aditya Dhar
Writer: Aditya Dhar
Stars: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam
Uri, touched on nationalism with touch of tight script and great performances. Bollywood has always been skeptic about war movies and never really made any great ones to talk about. Except for J P Dutta’s Border that came in 1997, there isn’t much to talk about. There were some positive ones like Ghazi Attack, Madras Cafe we don’t get to hear or talk about any of the good ones.
URI was like a breath of fresh air and it came at a great time for viewers when the nationalism was at it’s peak among Indians. With smart packaging and performances it hit the right chords at right places and we all liked it. It was a great package with great technical aspects as well. When I say the above, we dont have Indian Saving Private Ryan or Platoon, what I meant here is that we have had a tedious share of war movies in past and URI was refreshing.
URI had a Realistic and Rustic approach to the Movie with good cinematography and better visuals. I would say best till now based on the budget the movie had. The team did the best they could with the talent, money and team they had. Including the VFX which aint top notch but hit the right spot.
I am not saying URI had everything right about its execution, Technically it was still behind in terms of realism and Military accuracy. We need to understand the Indian audience and the market here as well, Too much or I would say Ultra realism and accuracy will back fire. The audience is slowly getting built up for such kind of cinema and we have some more miles to go before we can have Ultra realistic, surreal and Accurate films as our main stream movies.
Kabir Singh (2019)
Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Writers: Siddharth Singh (dialogue), Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Soham Majumdar
Similarly Kabir is from love story genre but it gave the RAW feeling being in love and a different perspective on being in love. Remember 2009 Anurag Kashyap Smash hit Dev D? You can compare it to Dev D which was also a smashing hit and had similar line of performances but was little subtle, nevertheless it was great hit. Kabir Singh is the Ultra high version of Dev D.
Kabir took it one step further from DevD and got even more raw and brutal in the handling of that topic of failed love. That kind of on screen images the generation was waiting to see.
The director caught the pulse of the younger audiences by the throat and gave them this movie filled with hardcore perception of how a failed/strong headed lover can be. I am not encouraging the behavior of Kabir but that’s what people are doing nowadays and the ones who can’t found solace in the movie.
That’s what cinema is all about, isn’t it?
Movies get hit when they resonate with audiences and they feel it closer to there mindset. They wish they could/would/should resemble that life what they saw on on screen.
Audiences were bored of with the onslaught of so many rom coms and over the top movies that look like fairy tales and unrealistic.
Vicky Kaushal for URI and Shahid Kappor for Kabir Singh were the best choices they could get without making it look larger than life. Both of them are good actors and there performance was to the mark. Nothing less nor a pinch more.
Both the movies did not rely on Star power or long list of A star leads to bring in audiences or slapstick comedy to stretch the story lines.
Kabir had good songs and Uri had good action and background score and music. ( these factors are quite essential for any movie to be hit) You can escape good songs if they are tightly spaced and added at right moments, they work as Value added services which every one likes once in a while.
That’s all we need depending on the script and the scenes portrayed in the respective movies.
So yes, we can’t compare both and they are served at right time with right mindset to entertain the audiences. They were both well received and smashing hits.
My Verdict :
We cant compare apples and Oranges. Both go great with Vodka and cock tails. Liked and enjoyed them both equally.