Title: Bhuj: The Pride of India
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Pranitha Subhash, Ammy Virk, Sharad Kelkar
Director: Abhishek Dudhaiya
Streaming on: Hotstar
Story: The story is based on true events which took place during the India-Pakistan war in 1971 at Bhuj airbase and surrounding areas in Gujarat.
Performances: None of the characters are strongly written but they have contributed what they can with their performances. Ajay Devgn cannot be considered as a typical central character because he has very little screen time. He has done his part well and the same with Sanjay Dutt. Sonakshi Sinha and Nora Fatehi are impressive in their limited scenes. Pranitha Subhash, Ammy Virk and Sharad Kelkar are among the other notable actors in the film.
Technicalities: Camerawork is impressive and some dialogues are good. Background score is effective enough. Editing messed up the entire film. The pace is too racy and none of the emotions are established strongly in the process. Production design is commendable for all the sets and artwork. Air warfare action sequences are just okay with some poor VFX. The climax action block was good.
Analysis: The story of the film had scope for being an inspiring war drama but the execution got it all wrong. The main reason for it is poor writing of characters and a very racy screenplay. None of the characters are written with depth, so there is no connect with any of them irrespective of the great things they do in the film. The pace of the film is so racy that many characters are lost and forgotten in the process and there is no time to process the happenings and emotions of the characters. Even the dialogues are mostly spoken in fast forward mode. Barring a good true story, a decent climax and very few inspiring moments, there is absolutely nothing else worth remembering in this film.
On a whole: Bhuj: The Pride of India is a missed opportunity and a forgettable attempt.