THE PRIDE OF INDIA tells an incredible story from the history of India. With top-notch performances, an exciting second half, and a thrilling climax that are 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 1971 war between India and Pakistan. The persecution of East Pakistani residents by the Pakistani army in 1971 causes thousands of deaths. Countless people migrate to India to escape the massacres. Therefore, India is also involved in this conflict and deploys most of its troops on the eastern border. Taking advantage of this situation, Pakistan begins to attack the Indian defense base on the western side. On December 8, 1971, the Pakistani air force suddenly attacked the Bhuj air base, taking Commanding Officer Vijay Karnik (Ajay Devgn) and everyone else present by surprise. Several lives are lost in this attack and the airstrip is also badly damaged. Meanwhile, Pakistan also destroys the Surajbari and Banaskatha bridges and five main roads leading to Bhuj. As a result, Bhuj and Kutch are cut off from the rest of the country. The Indian air force planes cannot even land because the airstrip is destroyed and the engineers who can repair it have escaped. Meanwhile, the Pakistani army has started to advance towards Bhuj and plans to capture the entire region. The only solution in sight is to repair the runway overnight at any cost. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

Bhuj Movie Review - 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 viewers would be surprised to learn that an incident like this occurred and that even ordinary citizens assisted the forces in the war. The script by Abhishek Dudhaiya, Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah, and Pooja Bhavoria is a mixed bag. The first half does not have much development in history. But it is in the second half where the writers show their brilliance. Especially the climax is very well thought out. Dialogues by Abhishek Dudhaiya, Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah, and Pooja Bhavoria (additional dialogues by Manoj Muntashir) are meant to generate applause. Ajay’s monologue as he convinces the villagers is poignant.

Abhishek Dudhaiya’s leadership has some flaws, but it is generally fair. Speaking of the pros, he handles the scale of the film very well. Some dramatic and action scenes are well executed and this also adds to the impact. Plus, certain one-shot action scenes add to the entertainment quotient. The climax is exciting and it really takes the movie to another level here. On the other hand, the characters are not well defined. The introduction is very quick of all the main characters. For a layman, it will be too much to process so much information. Also, it might feel like certain scenes have been cut, possibly to shorten the length. In various action scenes, logic takes a backseat. Ranchod’s scene in the trench at the climax would be loved by the masses, but it’s hard to digest. Also, the first half has some interesting scenes, but overall it doesn’t make the desired impact as the execution is a bit all over the place.

The first 5 minutes of BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA explain the context through a montage and also with the scene of Pakistani officials discussing their evil plan. The latter is a bit of an exaggeration, but it helps to understand the conflict. The scene of the Bhuj airbase attack is shocking, but soon the movie goes into flashback mode. Here, too many characters are introduced and it becomes a case of information overload. Heena Rehmani’s (Nora Fatehi) track comes as a great respite. Its one-shot mirror action scene is one of the best scenes in the film. In the second half, a certain ‘thehrav‘in the narrative. Also, Sunderben’s (Sonakshi Sinha) intro adds a lot to the movie. The best is reserved for the last 20-25 minutes with the plane landing scene taking the cake.

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Ajay Devgn plays a one-dimensional character. But performance-wise, it’s top-notch and improves certain scenes. His slow-motion walk especially is quite exciting and would have caused a riot in theaters. Sanjay Dutt also plays a character whose backstory isn’t properly explained, but he’s pretty good, especially in the fight scenes. Sonakshi Sinha has a late entry but she is the surprise of the movie. Nora Fatehi enchants with her acting and action. Its action scene is one of the highlights. Sharad Kelkar (RK Nair) is, as always, trustworthy. Ammy Virk (Vikram Singh Baj) is decent and does her best. Pranitha Subhash (Usha), Ihana Dhillon (RK Nair’s wife) and Mahesh Shetty (Laxman) have no reach. Navni Parihar (Indira Gandhi) is fair. The actors who play General Yahya Khan, Heena Rehmani’s husband, Md Hussain Omani, Wing Commander AA Sahu, Mukhtar Baig and Taimoor Rizvi are doing well.

The music is fine and there is not much room for songs. In fact, some songs like ‘Rammo Rammo’, ‘Bhai Bhai’ and even the famous ‘Zaalima Coca Cola’ clues are missing. ‘Hanjugam’ it’s forgettable but ‘Desh Mere’ is playing. Sonakshi Sinha’s devotional song (‘He Ishwar Maalik He Daata’) is powerful but seems a bit out of place. Amar Mohile’s background music is exhilarating.

Aseem Bajaj’s cinematography is shocking. Some shots are exceptionally done. Archana Mishra’s costumes are realistic and glamorous for the heroines. Narendra Rahurikar’s production design detailed. RP Yadav & Peter Hein’s action is entertaining and great. NY VFX Waala’s VFX is of a good standard. Some scenes were not up to scratch, but overall, the visual effects team deserves praise. Editing Dharmendra Sharma is a bit quick and messy.

Overall, BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA tells an amazing story from a chapter in Indian history. The performances are top-notch and the movie reaches a thrilling level in the second half, with the thrilling climax being the best part of the undertaking. A movie of this scale should have been released in theaters, as it is filled with massive scenes that would have generated immense craziness among audiences.


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