We earlier announced that Ajay Devgn was going to star in the epic drama Bhuj: The Pride of India. The movie is based on a true incident and is one of India’s most fascinating war-related stories. Devgn will be essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It was Karnik and his team, with the help of the local women, who reconstructed the destroyed Indian Air Force airstrip at Bhuj in Gujarat, in what could be termed as India’s ‘Pearl Harbour’ moment.
The airstrip had been wrecked in air strikes that saw Pakistan drop napalm bombs on it. Karnik took a bold step to convince 300 fearless women from a nearby village to rebuild the airstrip so that a flight carrying Indian Army officers could land safely. Karnik, along with two other officers, 50 Air Force soldiers and 60 Defence Security Corps personnel, did a great job of keeping the airbase operational despite heavy Pakistani bombing.
An ecstatic Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, who is co-producing the movie along with Select Media Holdings LLP says, “This courageous tale needs to be told because we want this and the coming generation to know about this brave soldier, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who played a significant role in India’s victory in the 1971 war. No one but him was heroic enough to take this bold step to involve civilians in a war.”
Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik says, “I could only and only see Ajay Devgn essaying my character and I’m glad he’s on board.”
Now we have some more exciting news, the magnum opus is all set to go several notches higher with its new magnificent ensemble cast!
With Ajay Devgn already leading this project as the makers bring this crucial real-life incident from the history books to the big screen, there are some more credible names adding to the thrill of the film. Sanjay Dutt’s commanding presence, Sonakshi Sinha’s alluring strength, Rana Daggubati’s versatility and Parineeti Chopra’s vivacity along with Punjabi superstar Ammy Virk’s power-packed performance, makes sure that Bhuj: The Pride of India will be a visual treat for the audience.
A man, a civilian, one who helped the Indian Army and help win the war, Ranchordas Svabhai Ravari ‘Pagi’ is the character played by Sanjay Dutt. The actor is a pagi, one who can identify a person’s gender, height and weight by their footprints.
Sonakshi Sinha is always known to be the actress who is fearless and this makes her perfect to essay the character of Sunderben Jetha Madharparya, who is a social worker and a farmer women, who convinced the other 299 women from Madhapur to help built the runway.
The film celebrates the courage of the 300 women of Madhapur in Gujarat, who played a pivotal part in India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It tells us the story of how these women came together to repair the only runway in Bhuj that was destroyed during the war.
Written-directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the film will be produced by Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Abhishek Dudhaiya and Kumar Mangat Pathak