Movie Name: Bhuj: The Pride of India
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: 13 August 2021
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.
Bhuj: The Pride of India – Movie Trailer
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Bhuj: The Pride of India – Movie Review
Ajay Devgn’s chest-thumping, gunpowder-snorting film fights Radhe for worst of the year crown
Abhishek Dudhaiya’s big screen debut could have been delayed further, if not completely abandoned. Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha star in perhaps the worst film of the year so far.
‘Tis the season for hyper-nationalist, adrenaline-soaked movies again, and trust Bollywood to never let an Independence Day go uncashed. Even after 75 years of that sweet, sweet freedom, there is no respite from getting biannually reminded of just how much Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Ajay Devgn love India. Served on a platter for your consumption this time are Sidharth Malhotra’s Shershaah and Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride of India.
Bhuj, as it so vehemently establishes in Sharad Kelkar’s borrowed baritone, is inspired by true events, though significant ‘creative liberties’ have been taken. The true event mentioned is the war of 1971 between India and Pakistan, when the Bhuj airbase was completely destroyed in deadly airstrikes by Pakistani forces. About 300 women from neighboring villages were called in to repair the airstrip, and they worked tirelessly for three nights, braving enemy bombing in a race against time.
Simply reading the Wikipedia entry about the episode could give you goosebumps, but the most that director Abhishek Dudhaiya could manage to get out of me was an indifferent shrug. Despite the incessant war cries, screaming, sacrificing, dying and killing, one cannot find a single drop of genuine human emotion in Bhuj. Abhishek rushes through the film’s almost two-hour runtime with lightning speed, leaving no room for characters to attain any dimension higher than one. Even then, he finds room to make Ajay Devgn’s squadron leader Vijay Kumar Karnik pull off a choreographed dance sequence at a party, make Sonakshi Singh’s village leader sing a bhajan, and give Ammy Virk’s fighter pilot a dead wife in a classic case of casual ‘fridging’.
And when these people are not singing, dancing or crying, Abhishek makes sure your suffering does not take a break. Bhuj launches one assault after another on your eyes, ears and heart. The CGI scenes, specially the sequences with fighter jets, make it look like someone simply rendered Sims on film. On the ground, things aren’t great either, with fake explosions that even Ajay Devgn thinks he is too cool to look back at.
More cringeworthy attempts are made at appearing cool, though. There is a recreation of that classic Michael ‘Bayhem’ scene from Pearl Harbor, with the camera falling with the missile and swooping in an out of mirrors. Ajay literally splashes a ‘chullu’ full of blood on his face, a poetic expression of trauma he’s just been through. But from our POV, we are first the drain of his sink, then the mirror he looks into and finally a creep standing behind him. It’s just too…extra…
However, the shoddy CGI, the bland cinematography, and even Sonakshi Sinha’s vagabond of an accent is not Bhuj’s biggest problem. It’s the chest-thumping nationalism and unbridled hate that is a big cause for concern.
Even in 2021, lines like the one delivered by a Pakistani general — “hum toh khule aam katl macha rahe hain janaab” — are not hard to come by. Images of Muslim men flogging themselves are used to make an Indian spy’s execution by stoning even more dramatic. Bonus: a Pakistani officer has even been named Taimur, which we all have decided is the most evil name ever. Not a single person from Pakistan has been shown to have a beating human heart while almost everyone from this side of the border might as well be an angel in disguise. It’s no joke. Sonakshi Sinha’s desi village belle slays leopards by night and also builds runways by night. A few ‘good Muslims’ make a very thin wall of defence for the film’s naked hate.
One of these good Muslims is played by Nora Fatehi. She is an Indian spy in a high-ranking Pakistani official’s household. Her five minute sequence, as she tries to escape the clutches of a dozen armed men, is one of the more exciting parts of the movie. Ajay Devgn takes on a room full of Pakistani spies in the dark, in a stylishly-filmed sequence. And even Sanjay Dutt (who is also there by the way) unleashes his inner Jon Snow in the trenches as an entire platoon comes charging at him.
The silver lining is too thin to ignore the dark, dark cloud that is Bhuj. It looms large and sinister over the future of war films in India. If this is how gutsy we’re already getting with hate, I wonder what to expect next.