Vicky Kaushal's Viral 'How's The Josh' Punchline Was Almost Cut From Uri

The origin of Vicky Kaushal's viral dialogue "How's the josh?" lie in director Aditya Dhar's childhood

Vicky Kaushal's Viral 'How's The Josh' Punchline Was Almost Cut From Uri

Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri: The Surgical Strike. (Image courtesy: Instagram)


  • Vicky thought that the 'feel' wasn't coming through: Aditya Dhar
  • "The team had goosebumps on hearing it," said the director
  • Uri: The Surgical Strike collected over Rs 200 crore in India
New Delhi:

Actor Vicky Kaushal was initially reluctant about the now viral dialogue "How's the josh?" from blockbuster film Uri: The Surgical Strike, director Aditya Dhar revealed at a recent event, reports news agency IANS. In the film, based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army in the aftermath of the 2016 Uri attack, Vicky plays the role of an army officer tasked with training his colleagues for the surgical strikes and leading the operation. On more than one occasions, Vicky's character asks his battalion, "How's the josh?" to which they reply: "High, sir." Aditya Dhar recounted that when they filming the scene for the first time, Vicky Kaushal had inhibitions. "Vicky came up to me and asked me to change the line because somewhere he thought the 'feel' wasn't coming through. I tried explaining that to motivate their team, army commanders use such lines as pep talk and we should give it a try," IANS quoted Aditya as saying.

"I still remember when Vicky said that line for the first time, 30 members of our team had goosebumps on hearing it," he added.

Aditya Dhar also revealed that the origin of this Uri punchline lie in his childhood. "I used to visit the army club in Delhi along with my friends when I was a little boy. There used to be a former army officer, who would ask all of us children to stand in a queue and ask us 'How's the josh?' The game was, one by one, all children have to reply, 'High, sir'. Whoever would say it the loudest and the best, would get a chocolate. Most of the time I used to win the chocolate," Aditya said, reported IANS.

Uri: The Surgical Strike made on a budget of reportedly Rs 45 crore ended up collecting over Rs 200 crore in India. Uri's box office success story is unparalleled.

(With inputs from IANS)