Cutting down all loose talk about making a quick sequel to URI, director Aditya Dhar says he is done with URI: The surgical strike and the genre for the time being.
“A story needed to be told. It’s the story of the exemplary courage that was shown by our soldiers on the border in 2016. I’ve told what I had to. The last thing I need from myself is to repeat the same story just because it’s successful,” says Aditya.
So, no war film but a totally different genre for Aditya Dhar’s next.
Revealing some details about his next project, Aditya says, “It will be a completely different world from the one in URI. But, still in the real space. Yes, it is again based on a true-life event and that’s all I can tell you. And, of course, I can also tell you that my next film too will be produced by Ronnie Scewvala’s RSVP production house. The way Ronnie, and for that matter, Vicky Kaushal stood by URI and believed in it, I’d be foolish to change my priorities.”
There were talks of Aditya Dhar and his producers registering and copyrighting the title ‘How Is The Josh’, the catchphrase from the blockbuster war film URI.
But Aditya completely shoots down any such proprietorial moves. “That phrase which has caught on in such a big way doesn’t belong to me. It is used quite extensively in the army to motivate the soldiers. I only plucked it out of its habitat and replanted it in a space where it was accessible to civilians. I’m glad everyone from the Prime Minister to gym instructors are using it. I have no intention of patenting the phrase.”