Yogi Adityanath makes 'Uri' tax-free in Uttar Pradesh
Vicky Kaushal's Uri: The Surgical Strike is reigning supreme at the box office. The movie, which released on January 11, has minted Rs. 160.78 cr and refuses to slow down. The josh among the audience for Uri is escalating with every passing day. Given the positive response and the feeling of patriotism it exudes, the Uttar Pradesh government decided to make it tax-free.
Helmed by Aditya Dhar, Uri revolves around India's surgical strike operation on PoK after army base in Uri was attacked. Given it is an election year, it isn't surprising CM Yogi Adityanath waived off Uri from state GST. "This film will instil a feeling of nationalism in the youth and the citizens of the country," Adityanath said at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Interestingly, Uri evoked a positive response from both critics and audience. The movie is centered around patriotism and Vicky's performance as Major Vihan Shergill was lauded by everyone. In fact, his dialogue from the movie "How's the josh?" has gone viral on social media. Vicky has certainly proved that more than super-stardom, acting and story sell at the box office.
Not only the audience, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also smitten by Uri. While inaugurating the National Museum of Indian Cinema, PM Modi asked the audience "How's the josh?" His question received a collective euphoric response from the audience which featured people from the film fraternity. In fact, a video of PM Modi asking "How's the josh?" also went viral on social media.
That moment when our Honorable Prime Minister, @narendramodi says #HowsTheJosh? Definitely, HIGH SIR!@vickykaushal09 @yamigautam @SirPareshRawal @AdityaDharFilms @RonnieScrewvala @zeemusiccompany pic.twitter.com/SKGZ21XmaI— RSVPMovies (@RSVPMovies) January 19, 2019
Separately, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also echoed similar josh after watching Vicky's war drama. She watched the movie with ex-servicemen at a movie theater in Bengaluru. After the show, she was spotted chanting the popular catchphrase from the movie with complete zeal. She also shared the video of herself shouting "How's the josh" in the cinema hall.
Meanwhile, Uri continues its winning momentum at box office as the josh is intact in audience. The movie emerged as Vicky's highest opener as a solo lead and also became his second highest grosser after Sanju. Despite facing competition from movies like Thackeray and Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, Uri remains unstoppable. In fact, the movie is expected to enter Rs. 200cr club soon.