Bhuj: The Pride of India Movie Review
Abhishek Dudhaiya's 2021 war film Bhuj: The Pride of India is an Indian production in the Hindi language. In 1971, during the course of the Indo-Pak War, Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik served as the base commander at Bhuj Air Force Base, and he is the main character in the story. In under 72 hours, he was able to reconstruct the destroyed landing strip with the aid of 300 local women. The plot of the film is lifted from the 2001 Hollywood military picture Pearl Harbour. Ajay Devgn plays Karnik in the movie, which also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk, and Ihana Dhillon.
Principal photography began in June 2019 in Hyderabad, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow city, Goregaon, Kolkata, & Dubai. Filming was 90% complete until the COVID-19 lockdown in the nation of India forced a production halt in March 2020. Devgn picked up the camera again in November 2020, and he finished filming in March 2021, completing the pictures post-production. The pandemic forced a change in the release date from the original Independence Day weekend on August 14, 2020, to August 13, 2021, when it finally debuted on Disney+ Hotstar. The bulk of reviews for the film were negative, and they criticized the plot, the pacing, and the unrealistic settings.
The movie garnered largely unfavourable reviews from critics, who criticized the script, the pacing, and the ridiculous scenarios in the movie but commended the visuals and the acting of the ensemble cast. In her review for the First post, Anna M. M. Vetticad gave the movie one out of five stars and stated, "Ajay Devgn rocking slow motion accomplishes minimal for what is already a godawfully dull war saga. " She criticised the composition of the script, saying, "Bhuj: The Pride of India has so many flaws that a thorough analysis of its politics made no sense. Poor writing, drowsy direction, and some really awful performances. She concluded by saying that while Bhuj: The Pride of India "apparently does not want to be like any of these two films, it fails horribly even in its attempt to be hormonally-charged, flag-waving, chest-thumping nationalist entertainment." Yawn."
NDTV's Saibal Chatterjee gave the movie 1.5 stars and criticized the writing and acting. He gave a summary of the movie. "Busy gathering the scattered splinters of its feeble ideas made infinitely worse by stubbornly ham-fisted treatment," one reviewer wrote. In her article for Film Companion, Anupama Chopra stated, "The characters are stick figures who constantly proclaim their love for the motherland."
According to Shubra Gupta of The Indian Express, who also gave the movie one star out of five, "High on slogan shouting, Ajay Devgn film almost hides its real heroes" and "Toplined by a swaggering Ajay Devgn, the film is so heavy on jingoistic jingle jangles as well as slogan-shouting that it almost succeeds in hiding the 300 women who pulled off an incredible feat." The Hindustan Times' Soumya Srivastava stated, "Ajay Devgn's chest-thumping, gunpowder-snorting film rivals Radhe for worst of the year crown."
Bollywood actor Taran Adarsh, The review site Hungama, scored the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and labelled it "Thrilling," adding that "Bhuj is a Big Screen, mass-appealing extravaganza. You're mesmerized by the scale, star power, and stunning visuals. He appreciated Nora Fatehi's portrayal and said that if Bhuj had been shown in theatres, it would have done very well.
Cast Members of Bhuj Movie