Bhuj Movie Review: Suppose you have a function here; you have ordered a lot of stuff (logistics), hired a good cook (confectioner), and got 36 dishes made from them. Now… when it came time to put a plate for the guest, only a few 5 to 7 items seemed worth serving! So it is not the incompleteness that will be felt in this plate; the same plate looks like the film ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’ released on Friday evening on the OTT platform Disney Hotstar…
Bhuj Film Review
For the past few years, it has become more and more popular for Bollywood to bring history to the screen. Primarily topics like the Indo-Pakistan war, even more so. The filmmakers also think that amidst the atmosphere of nationalism and patriotism, people’s sentiments towards the Indian Army and the fan following of the big star cast will decide the film’s success. To a large extent, they also prove to be accurate, but when this severe subject is taken lightly, then the stakes also backfire.
The same happened with the film ‘Bhuj’. A large section of the audience gets disappointed with the film. The audience has total respect for the bravery and patriotism of the Indian Army. Still, it is tough to accept it blindly if you serve anything after fitting into this sky. The team has not portrayed the glorious moments correctly during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Bhuj Film Review.
The film shattered due to a very loose screenplay.
Despite Manoj Muntashir’s surplus with a large team of writers, it is apparent in the first half itself that the film is not tight, so it will be difficult to stand the test of the audience. There is nothing wrong with the story in this. If no one can kill ‘Khoya’ better than whole cream milk, then it will be called a shortage of confectionery, will it not? What’s wrong with milk in this!
The film’s story is based on Pakistan’s cowardly attack and India’s daring victory during the 1971 war. Bhuj was the most damaged in the attack by the Pakistani army on the western airbases of India. Pakistan destroyed the Bhuj airstrip by dropping 14 napalm bombs. Still, Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik repaired the airstrip within just 72 hours with the help of Surenderben firstborn and around 300 women like him. The plans of Pakistan were destroyed.
Now you think that the screenplay of such an incredible story should not have been written brilliantly? In the sequence of the scenes throughout the film, the errors are visible. On the other hand, an army contingent from Pakistan has travelled to capture the Indian post, and it is scheduled to reach by 11 o’clock in the night. At the same time, in the scenes of Bhuj Airbase, Bighakot Post of Kutch, Jamnagar Airport, it is getting the day, and somewhere it is getting night. This happens many times. How fair is it to turn 72 hours of hard work into just one night!
I wish the characters could connect a little more to the audience.
Apart from the Indian Air Force and 300 women, in this film, the director has wanted to show the bravery of the Indian intelligence agency RAW, Indian Army, paramilitary force… but it is less and more scattered in this affair. It would have been better if, instead of Vijay Karnik, the film’s story would have been told and shown separately from a narrator. At the end of the film, the collage of scenes that emerges on the screen, it seems that the scissors have gone a little too much during the editing. Bhuj Film Review.
The film’s characters are powerful, but many may not have got the full opportunity, and due to this, they have lacked in the rise. In such a situation, the characters have not been able to connect much with the audience. Some of the characters could not even be adequately presented in the intro. At the same time, it was not that the director lacked time to give those characters.
Remember JP Dutta’s film Border on the Kargil War in 1997. The film was able to connect the audience even more because the family life of the soldiers was shown in them. To illustrate this, at least as much space could have been created in the film Bhuj for about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Not necessarily in the form of songs, but there was a need to give some time to his family life. Although it is not that only paying so much would have proved to be the formula for the film to be a hit, but it was sure that the audience could connect a little with the characters.
What will happen with only a big star cast!
The film stars Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar, who became famous in recent times… all have a huge fan following. The acting is also almost fine. Still, something like salt is missing from the food. Or maybe something feels like an overdose. The character of Ajay Devgan’s wife is a showpiece, kept the essence of army officer Sharad Kelkar’s wife in the film, but did not give time.
The characters of Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi would have been more powerful when they were given a few more dialogues. Manoj Muntashir should have shown a little wonder here. Ammy Virk’s acting as a flight officer was being liked that he also showed overacting while flying with the soldiers.
Video game feeling in the name of the animation
From the film’s poster to the trailer, a scene was captivating when the Squadron Leader (Ajay Devgan) stands in a wounded condition at the devastated Bhuj airbase after the attack, sweeping ashes. But apart from only this one scene, the graphics and animation used in most parts of the film War and Attack give a video game feel, not a film. There is also a lack in making these scenes look real. However, the camera work of the film is satisfactory.
After all, how much can be tolerated!
At the beginning of the film, there is a disclaimer, which frankly tries to avoid a possible situation of ‘not doing justice to the subject’. In this disclaimer, a voice comes from the background with the written message, “This film is an authentic tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces.
This is not an official depiction of the actual fight. The story has been done keeping in mind the entertainment. Filmmakers have taken creative liberties. respect the feelings of others… etcetera.” But in the name of joy and creative freedom, why should a heroic video game be shown in the name of the film.
It would not be fair to compare Bhuj to Shershaah, a film based on Captain Vikram Batra, which came out a day earlier! And Sher Shah also has some shortcomings. But after watching Shershah, if a viewer takes the exact expectations from Bhuj, he will feel cheated. However, since the matter is about the honour of the army, the proud moment of the country, keeping the team’s respect and the intentions that produced the film Bhuj, best wishes to them for the next movie.