After confirming his third collaboration with Ajay Devgn, T-series head honcho Bhushan Kumar shares details about forthcoming real-life incident inspired tale based on Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik.
Apart from Ajay Devgn, the film also stars Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Rana Daggubati, Ammy Virk and Sanjay Dutt in the leading roles. The film is written and helmed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and will be jointly produced by T-series and Select Media Holdings.
Bhuj: The Pride of India, the movie is based on a true incident and is one of India’s most fascinating war-related stories. Devgn will be essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It was Karnik and his team, with the help of the local women, who reconstructed the destroyed Indian Air Force airstrip at Bhuj in Gujarat, in what could be termed as India’s ‘Pearl Harbour’ moment.
The airstrip had been wrecked in air strikes that saw Pakistan drop napalm bombs on it. Karnik took a bold step to convince 300 fearless women from a nearby village to rebuild the airstrip so that a flight carrying Indian Army officers could land safely.
Karnik, along with two other officers, 50 Air Force soldiers and 60 Defence Security Corps personnel, did a great job of keeping the airbase operational despite heavy Pakistani bombing.