INDIA: Bhuj: The Pride Of India was based mostly on the historical bravery displayed by 300 local women led by IAF (Indian Airforce) squadron captain Vijay Karnik (Ajay Devgan) following the shameless attack by Pakistani soldiers on the airstrip at Bhuj (1971). It’s a movie about the historical victory that every Indian should know. And we should be pleased that certain people, through their bravery and love for their country were able to save a portion of our country.
The pace at which the movie’s narration began was pleasing, but as it progressed, it appeared that the movie had been set on fast forward. Bhuj’s strong points are few but noticeable. Sharad Kelkar’s performance as Military Officer Ram Karan is justified. It’s as if he fully comprehends the character’s circumstances. Although neither actor gives a remarkable performance, he does leave a lasting impression of his acting abilities.
Despite his acting, Ammy Virk as Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh Baj Jethaaz has a pleasant attitude. In comparison to Ajay Devgan, his personality stands out. It’s challenging to convert a large amount of source material into a full-length film. Moviemakers, on the other hand, make an effort to be as faithful as feasible. The recreation of the Indo-Pak war of 1971 was not so much a spectacle as it was watchable. The war scene, fighting scene, hand-to-hand combat, and fighter jet scene with a large canvas for a war sequence were all meticulously recreated with huge dedication.
Bhuj features a significant number of flaws. There was no character growth in any of the characters in the movie. Ajay Devgan’s as Vijay Karnik, was not fully developed, although it was the war’s primary hero. It’s not that Ajay Devgan didn’t try his hardest; he’s a talented actor, as seen by his previous film Tanhaji (2020).
The underlying premise of Bhuj was that 300 women under the guidance of the Indian Air Force reconstructed the wrecked airbase. This, in and of itself, gives chills and exemplifies the true spirit of female empowerment. However, Sonakshi Sinha’s performance as Sunderben Jetha Madharparya in the film detracts from the female representation. Pranitha Subhash’s performance as Usha Karnik is likewise underwhelming; her character is relegated to the background. And the recreation of the airbase is completed in a matter of seconds, which is portrayed condescendingly.
Sanjay Dutt’s over-the-top action scenes, such as him fighting with an axe and single-handedly overcoming all Pakistani soldiers, were underdeveloped. The worst mistake was that there was no Ashok chakra on the Indian national flag in a few scenes.
With such a historic win, the film requires a more extensive adaptation that will inspire today’s generation of keyboard warriors. However, this Bhuj fails to have the same impact.
Transcontinental Times rating: 2.9/5