Directed by: Abhishek Dudhaiya
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash, Nora Fatehi
Genre: War, Action, Drama, History
Release Date: 14 August 2020
Running Time: – Minutes
Original Network: Disney + Hotstar
Bhuj the pride of India is a story about 300 Gujarati women who helped the Indian Air force during Bangladesh and Pakistan War
Bhuj: The Pride of India is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language war action film directed, co-produced and written by Abhishek Dudhaiya. Set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, it is about the life of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, the then in-charge of the Bhuj airport who and his team reconstructed the IAF airbase with the help of 300 local women. The film features Ajay Devgn as Karnik, along with Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk and Pranitha Subhash.
After announcing the film on 19 March 2019, it was confirmed that the true incident shown in the film is one of India’s most fascinating war-related stories. Principal photography began in late June 2019, and it was shot in Hyderabad, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film will not be released theatrically and will stream worldwide on Disney + Hotstar.
On 19 March 2019 Bhushan Kumar announced the film on true events of Indo-Pak war. The film depicts the incident from Indo-Pak war of 1971 where three hundred local women helped in reconstruction of destroyed airbase in Bhuj, Gujarat.
Ajay Devgn portrays Vijay Karnik, and he was also the only choice for the role. The other cast included Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk and Rana Daggubati. The film is Virk’s second Hindi film. South actress Pranitha Subhash later joined the film, making her Bollywood debut.
Parineeti Chopra was also signed to portray a spy in the film, but due to the film’s shooting dates clashing with her other film Saina, she opted out of the film in November 2019. Nora Fatehi was roped in as a replacement for Chopra in January 2020. Later in January, Daggubati exited the film citing health issues and Sharad Kelkar replaced him.
Dutt started shooting for the film on 25 June 2019 in Hyderabad. Then, he and the other cast members including Devgn travelled to Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata to commence the next portions of the film. A song, picturized on Devgn and Sinha, was filmed in Kutch in late December 2019.
On June 29, 2020, Ajay Devgn announced that the film will release on Disney + Hotstar exclusively in late 2020 as a result of theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.