THE PRIDE OF INDIA tells an incredible story from Indian history. With first rate performances, an exciting second half, and a nail-biting climax being the best parts.

Bhuj – The Pride Of India Review {3.5/5} & Review Rating

Bhuj: The Pride of India is the story of an incredible chapter in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The persecution of residents of East Pakistan by the Pakistani military in 1971 resulted in the death of millions. Innumerable people migrate to India to escape the murders. Therefore India also joins this conflict and deploys most of its soldiers on the eastern border. Taking advantage of this situation, Pakistan starts attacking India’s defense base on the western side. On December 8, 1971, the Pakistan Air Force suddenly attacked the Bhuj airbase, taking Commanding Officer Vijay Karnik (Ajay Devgan) and everyone else by surprise. Many people lost their lives in this attack and the airstrip was also badly damaged. Meanwhile, Pakistan also destroys the Surajbari and Banaskatha bridges and five major roads leading to Bhuj. As a result, Bhuj and Kutch are cut off from the rest of the country. Indian Air Force aircraft also cannot land as the runway has been destroyed and the repair engineers have fled. Meanwhile the Pakistani Army has started moving towards Bhuj and is planning to capture the entire area. The only solution in sight is to repair the runway overnight at any cost. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Movie Review Bhuj - The Pride Of India

The story of Abhishek Dudhaiya, Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah and Pooja Bhavoria is fascinating and also unknown to most of the people. Most of the audience would be surprised to know that such an incident happened and common citizens also helped the army in the war. The screenplay by Abhishek Dudhaiya, Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah and Pooja Bhavoria is mixed. The story didn’t develop much in the first half. But it is in the second half where the writers show their talent. The climax is specially made with a lot of thought. Dialogues by Abhishek Dudhaiya, Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah and Pooja Bhavoria (additional dialogues by Manoj Muntashir) are there to clap. Ajay’s monologue while explaining to the villagers is touching.

Abhishek Dudhaiya’s directorial has many shortcomings but overall it is fair. Talking about the merits, he handles the scale of the film very well. Some of the dramatic and action sequences are well executed and this adds to the impact as well. Plus, some one-take action sequences add to the entertainment quotient. The climax is nail-biting and he really takes the film to another level here. On the other hand, the characters are not well defined. The introduction of all the major characters is very quick. For a layman, processing so much information would be too much. Also, one can understand that some scenes have been cut, possibly to reduce the length. The logic backfires in many action scenes. The public will like the scene of Ranchhod in the ditch in the climax but it is difficult to digest. Also, there are some interesting scenes in the first half but overall, it fails to make the desired impact as the execution is a bit all over the place.

The first 5 minutes of Bhuj: The Pride of India explains the context through a montage as well with scenes from Pakistani officials discussing their wicked plan. The latter is a bit over the top but helps understand the conflict. The scene of the attack on Bhuj airbase is shocking but soon the film goes into flashback mode. Here, too many characters get introduced and it becomes a matter of information overload. Heena Rehmani’s (Nora Fatehi) track comes as a huge relief. His One Take Mirror action scene is one of the best in the film. Something special comes in the second half.thehrawi‘ in fiction. Also the introduction of Sunderben (Sonakshi Sinha) adds a lot to the film. Best reserved for the last 20-25 minutes in which the airplane landing scene takes the cake.

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Ajay Devgan has played a one dimensional character. But performance-wise, he is first-rate and picks up some scenes. His slo-mo walk in particular is quite exciting and would have created a ruckus in theatres. Sanjay Dutt also plays a character whose back story is not explained properly, but he is quite good, especially in the fight scenes. Sonakshi Sinha’s entry was late but it is the surprise of the film. Nora Fatehi mesmerizes with her acting and action. His action scene is one of the highlights. Sharad Kelkar (RK Nair) is as dependable as ever. Ammi Virk (Vikram Singh Baz) is decent and gives her best. Pranitha Subhash (Usha), Ihana Dhillon (RK Nair’s wife) and Mahesh Shetty (Lakshman) get no room. Navni Parihar (Indira Gandhi) is fair. The actors who play General Yahya Khan, Heena Rehmani’s husband Mohammad Hussain Omani, Wing Commander AA Sahu, Mukhtar Baig and Taimur Rizvi are fine.

The music is fine and there is not much room for songs. In fact, some songs like ‘Rammo Rammo’, ‘Bhai Bhai’ and even famous ‘Jalima Coca Cola’ Tracks are missing. ‘Hanjugam’ forgettable but ‘My country’ is touching. Sonakshi Sinha Devotional Song (‘O God the master is the giver’) is powerful but looks a bit out of place. Amar Mohile’s background score is superb.

Asim Bajaj’s cinematography is impressive. Some shots are done exceptionally well. In the case of heroines, Archana Mishra’s costumes are realistic and glamorous. Narendra Rahurikar’s production design is detailed. RP Yadav and Peter Hein’s action is gripping and captivating. NY VFXwala’s VFX is of a good standard. Some scenes were not good but overall, the VFX team deserves praise. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing is a bit sharp and haphazard.

Overall, Bhuj: The Pride of India tells an incredible story from a chapter in Indian history. The performance is first class and the film goes to a thrilling level in the second part, with the nail-biting climax being the best part of the venture. A film of this scale should have released in theaters as it is full of massive scenes which would have created tremendous craze among the audience.

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