Bhuj: The Pride of Nation
This is a fast-paced war action movie with powerful dialogues. It is a large screen mass-appealing spectacle with extraordinary visuals that leave you fascinated. Director Abhishek Dudhaiya stirs emotions and evokes patriotism subsequently.
The movie is set during the India vs Pakistan War of 1971. It is about the life of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, the then in charge of the Bhuj airport who and his team reconstructed the IAF airbase with the help of 300 local women. Ajay Devgan plays the role of Vijay Karnik. the bravery of Indian Air Force officer Vijay Karnik will be shown. All the other airbases were in the country too were destroyed and there was a minimum or no possibility for the Indian Air Wings to go high in the air for the fight. The movie focuses on the leadership skills about how Vijay Karnik managed to counterattack the war situation from land and to reconstruct the runway so the Indian jets can fly high to bounce deserve and win the war ahead. Movie follows somewhat non-linear approach of story telling. Some events are shown as flashbacks, while some concurrent events overlap other events. Things got a little messy there.
Vijay Karnik (Played by Ajay Devgan) takes help and manages a 300 woman battalion of local villagers to reconstruct the airbase in no time so the Indian jets can fly in the air. Adorned with a stellar star cast besides Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharad Kelkar leaves a powerful appearance. The aerial warfare, VFX, and action pieces deserve outstanding praise. Few thrilling moments stand out. The Climax sequence is unnecessarily stretched and looks unrealistic. Despite flaws, the movie has some wonderful scenes which are shot exceptionally and will give you goosebumps. This movie should have been released in theaters so that audiences might have experienced it better.