Bhuj: The Pride of India

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Bhuj: The Pride of India
Bhuj- The Pride of India film poster.jpg
Directed byAbhishek Dudhaiya
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Ginny Khanuja
Krishan Kumar
Kumar Mangat Pathak
Vajir Singh
Abhishek Dudhaiya
Written byAbhishek Dudhaiya
Ritesh Shah
StarringAjay Devgn
Sanjay Dutt
Sharad Kelkar
Sonakshi Sinha
Ammy Virk
Pranitha Subhash
Nora Fatehi
Music byVishal-Shekhar
CinematographyAseem Bajaj
GBCT
Edited byDharmendra Sharma
AFVE
Production
company
T-Series
Select Media Holdings LLP
Distributed byDisney+Hotstar
Release date
  • 2020 (2020)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

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.[1] The film features Ajay Devgn as Karnik,[2] along with Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk and Pranitha Subhash.[3]

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.[4][5] Principal photography began in late June 2019,[6] and it was shot in Hyderabad, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata.[7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film will not be released theatrically and will stream worldwide on Disney+Hotstar.[8]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On 19 March 2019 Bhushan Kumar announced the film on true events of Indo-Pak war.[10] 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.[11][12]

Casting[edit]

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.[13] The film is Virk's second Hindi film. South actress Pranitha Subhash later joined the film, making her Bollywood debut.[14]

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.[15] Later in January, Daggubati exited the film citing health issues, and Sharad Kelkar replaced him.[16]

Filming[edit]

Dutt started shooting for the film on 25 June 2019 in Hyderabad.[17] 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.[18]

Release[edit]

On June 29, 2020, Ajay Devgn announced that the film will release on Disney+ Hotstar exclusively in late 2020 as a result of theatre closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bhuj: The Pride Of India — Pranitha Subhash joins cast of Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt's war drama". Firstpost. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Sinha is an extremely talented actress". Times Now News. 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Bhuj The Pride of India: Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar and Sonakshi Sinha join Ajay Devgn's film". Indian Express. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (25 June 2019). "Filming begins at Ramoji Film City in #Hyderabad today... #BhujThePrideOfIndia stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra and Ammy Virk Rahuul chuwdhary... Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya... 14 Aug 2020 release. t.co/DfRPk6ypQA" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Ajay Devgn to play RAF officer Vijay Karnik in his next 'Bhuj: The Pride Of India". The Times of India. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Ajay Devgn to play war hero, IAF wing commander Vijay Karnik, in Bhuj The Pride of India". Hindustan Times. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Bhuj: The Pride of India goes on floors in Hyderabad; Sanjay Dutt starts shooting for war drama". Firstpost. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Bhuj The pride of India posters: Ajay Devgn is ready for the fight, Sanjay Dutt's first look out". Hindustan Times. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Ihana Dhillon is proud to be part of 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Bhushan Kumar Announces Bhuj The Pride Of India with Ajay Devgn". Hans India. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  11. ^ "An incident to be brought onscreen, Bhuj: The Pride of India". Glamsham. 25 June 2019. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  12. ^ TSeries. "That's one star-studded cast. Welcome @duttsanjay, @parineetichopra, @sonakshisinha, @ranadaggubati & @ammyvirk to #BhujThePrideOfIndia. Writer & directed by #Abhishek Dudhaiya. @ajaydevgn @itsBhushanKumar #KrishanKumar @KumarMangat #SelectMediaHoldingsLLP #GinnyKhanuja @vajir". Twitter. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  13. ^ "'Bhuj: The Pride of India': Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Rana Daggubati, Parineeti Chopra and Ammy Virk join the Ajay Devgn starrer". The Times of India. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Pranitha Subhash talks about her Bollywood debut". The Times of India. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Nora Fatehi replaces Parineeti Chopra in 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Sharad Kelkar steps in for Rana Daggubati in 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Bhuj: The Pride of India goes on floors in Hyderabad; Sanjay Dutt starts shooting for war drama". Firstpost. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  18. ^ Cite error: The named reference december was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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