The recently released Aditya Dhar film ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ has struck gold at the box office and it’s changed things for actresses in army films too. Yami Gautam has an important role in the film as an intelligence officer.
“In the film, I play an intelligence officer. In real life, intelligence officers play a very pivotal role in a mission or an operation. Their roles are of paramount importance. If I am playing one of such characters, the role could not be anything but substantial,” said Gautam, in a recent interview with Box Office India.
On how the film would possibly change her girl-next-door image, Gautam added, “As an actor, I actually do not want any image attached to me. But if someone does feel like that towards me, that’s okay. I give all the credit to Aditya for looking beyond the stereotypical lens and being able to visualise me as Pallavi, my character. You are right about the industry and critics stereotyping an actor. Even when you give your heart to a performance, they can refuse to look beyond the stereotype. But, as I said before, that is fine. This was an opportunity to do something very substantial and really strong, which is also relevant as well as important to the film, to the storyline. And it is even more special because I got to do this in a film like Uri.”
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