Bhuj: The Pride of India

Bhuj: The Pride of India is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language war action film directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya.[1] 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, with his team, reconstructed the IAF airbase with the help of 300 women from the local village Madhapar.[2] The film features Ajay Devgn as Karnik, alongside Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk and debutante Pranitha Subhash and Ihana Dhillon .[3]

Bhuj: The Pride of India
Bhuj- The Pride of India film poster.jpg
Official release poster
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
companies
T-Series
Select Media Holdings LLP
Distributed byDisney+Hotstar
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Principal photography commenced in June 2019, taking place near Hyderabad, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata and Dubai.[4] After production was put on hold in March 2020 due to Coronavirus lockdown in India when the film was 90% complete, Devgn resumed work in Hyderabad on 22 November 2020 and shooting finally wrapped up in the last week of March 2021 bringing the film into post-production stage.[5]

Initially the film was slated for theatrical release worldwide on 14 August 2020 during the Independence Day weekend but the production halt affected it.[6] And later, seeing the situation amid the pandemic and keeping in mind cinemas guidelines regarding occupancies, the makers announced that it will now stream directly on OTT platform Disney+Hotstar worldwide.[7]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Bhuj: The Pride of India was announced in March 2019, with Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Rana Daggubati and Ammy Virk in leading roles.[9] Directed by newcomer Abhishek Dudhaiya, it also marks the Hindi debut of Tollywood actress Pranitha Subhash.[10] Dutt began principal photography on 25 June 2019.[11] Filming took place in Bhopal, Kutch, Indore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.[12]

In November 2019, Chopra exited the film as the rolling dates were clashing with her another starrer Saina and later Nora Fatehi replaced her.[13] In January 2020, Sharad Kelkar replaced Daggubati after the latter also stepped out due to health problems.[14] When the film was 90% complete, production was put on hold in March 2020 due to Coronavirus lockdown, and got further delayed again owing to the new shooting guidelines.[15] Post a gap of 8 months, Devgn restarted filming in Hyderabad on 22 November 2020 and the work was finally completed in the last week of March 2021.[16]

ReleaseEdit

The film was earlier scheduled for cinema opening on 14 August 2020.[7] However, it will now stream directly on Disney+Hotstar due to COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2021.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sinha is an extremely talented actress". Times Now News. 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Ihana Dhillon is proud to be part of 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Bhushan Kumar Announces Bhuj The Pride Of India with Ajay Devgn". Hans India. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "'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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Nora Fatehi replaces Parineeti Chopra in 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Sharad Kelkar steps in for Rana Daggubati in 'Bhuj: The Pride of India'". The Times of India. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Pranitha Subhash talks about her Bollywood debut". The Times of India. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Here's Why Laxmmi Bomb, Bhuj: The Pride Of India And The Big Bull's Release Date Has Been Pushed On Disney+ Hotstar". www.spotboye.com.

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