‘It is a validation of some sorts,’ Yami Gautam opens up about scoring her second Rs 100 crore film with URI: The Surgical Strike

There is no doubt that URI: The Surgical Strike is perhaps the best war film to come out of Bollywood. The theatres are resonating with the cries of How’s The Josh and the team could not be happier. BollywoodLife caught up for a chat with Yami Gautam who plays the part of an intelligence officer in the film. This is her second Rs 100-crore film after Kaabil where she played a visually challenged woman. So, how does it feel to be in the league of Rs 100-cr actresses? “I don’t know which league is this but it feels really good. It is a validation of some sorts, a sort that a film is very special for all the reasons. You believe and do a film and it gets all the love from the audience as well. This is what the league (100 crore club) means to me and I am very grateful and happy that I got to be a part of this.” The Vicky Donor actress further says she knew from day one that Uri was going to be a special film. “When we sign a film, we don’t exactly know it’s box-office fate. I knew I was part of a very good film on a good subject and a lot of passion and honesty had gone into its making,” she elaborates. URI also stars Vicky Kaushal and Mohit Raina.

The actress says the kind of response she’s getting is unbelievable. “The director told us at the outset that he wanted to make a film that the audience and Army were proud of. And to get this kind of love, of course, box-office numbers are important but I’m very thankful about how people are reciprocating to the film. The way the film has moved audiences and the emotional connect is something I never experienced before. It is extremely surreal,” she says. The beautiful actress cannot stop raving about the audience response to the film. “The messages, tweets and videos are full of love. It is something we didn’t know was going to come in such a big way,” she says. The biggest compliment for the lady came from an Army official. “One official walked up to me and said that he loved the film and my portrayal was exactly like intelligence officers are in real life. He told me I was a complete natural, organic and brilliant in playing the part as close to real life,” she states.

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