Bhuj: The Pride of India is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language war film directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya. Set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, it follows Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik — then in-charge of the Bhuj Air Force Base who, with the help of 300 local women, reconstructed the damaged landing strip in 72 hours.The film features Ajay Devgn as Karnik, alongside Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash and Ihana Dhillon.
Principal photography commenced in June 2019 in Hyderabad, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Goregaon, Kolkata and Dubai. Production was put on hold in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India when filming was 90% complete; Devgn resumed shooting in November 2020 and wrapped up in March 2021, bringing the film into post-production stage.
Initially slated for theatrical release on 14 August 2020 on the Independence Day weekend, it was delayed by the pandemic and finally premiered on 13 August 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar. The film received mostly negative reviews from the film critics, who criticized the film for its writing, pace and unrealistic situations but praised the film for its visuals and the performances of the ensemble cast.
In the beginning of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the airstrip at the Bhuj Base is destroyed by enemy aircraft, cutting-off reinforcement supply from mainland India. A small group of Indian Army soldiers defend Bhuj from being overrun, while 300 local women, led by the base’s commander Squadron leader Vijay Karnik, reconstruct the airbase under enemy fire.
Ajay Devgn as Squadron leader Vijay Karnik of the Indian Air Force
Sanjay Dutt as Indian Army Scout & RA&W agent Ranchordas Pagi
Sonakshi Sinha as Sunderben Jetha Madharparya
Nora Fatehi as RAW spy Heena Rehman
Sharad Kelkar as Indian Army officer Ram Karan “RK” Nair
Ammy Virk as Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh Baj Jethaaz
Pranitha Subhash as Usha Karnik
Ihana Dhillon as Nimrat Kaur
Mahesh Shetty as Vinod Karnik
Navni Parihar as Indira Gandhi
Vinitha Menon as Laxmi Parmar
Monazir Khan as Anurag Tripathi
Sanjeev Anand as Sunny
Aditya Kumar Choubey as Aadi
Pooja Bhavoria as Zeenat
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