After the first schedule in Hyderabad, with Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha, Ajay Devgn and the actress shot a lavish song number in Mandvi in Gujarat, with a grand set and over 300 background dancers, for Bhuj: The Pride Of India. Now, Ajay is shooting at Kathda village in Mandvi taluka where a huge set has been constructed – of a fort, and fighter plane models, for around 15-20 days of shooting, to shoot portions of the climax. The filming began with an introductory scene of Devgn, in Bhuj last week and will culminate with action-packed finale with him, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi, Rana Daggubati, Parineeti Chopra and Ammy Virk. The movie is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh and Kumar Mangat Pathak and directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya.
Says a trade source, “The initial plan was to shoot in Bhuj; but due to security reasons, as the village is near the India-Pakistan border, the makers kicked off the first schedule by recreating Madhapur village at Ramoji studios in Hyderabad. In Kathda village, a set of the Bhuj airport and replicas of IAF fighter planes have been constructed for action-packed climax sequences to take place here. Sonakshi is flying in and out of Bhuj for the shooting as she’s promoting her movie Khandaani Shafakhana too. He will be joined soon by Sanjay Dutt and Ammy Virk, who plays an IAF fighter pilot. Indian Air Force (IAF) base commander, Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Karnik (Devgn), along with two other officers, 50 IAF and 60 Defence Security Corps personnel kept the Bhuj airbase operational and airstrip ready, during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, to receive a squadron of fighter planes from Punjab. He was helped by 300 villagers, mostly women, who took up the task of repairing the airstrip. Sonakshi plays Sunderben Jetha Madharparya, a social worker, from Madhapur, who convinced the local women to help rebuild the only runway in Bhuj that was bombed by the Pakistani army.”
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The source adds that the producers wish to make this film on an ambitious, real yet grand scale so some of the best technicians have been employed for Bhuj: The Pride of India, directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya. “The makers are sparing no expenses to make sure that the film is a visual treat for the audiences. It was a historic event which needed to be showcased for all to see. Last week, Ajay and Sonakshi shot for a maha aarti song at a specially erected set in Kutch. The song is choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, who has choreographed such lavish songs like Simmba and Singham’s title tracks and Golmaal Returns. The climax of the war drama will be shot at Kathda village in Mandvi over the next fortnight. National Award-winning action choreographer and stunt coordinator Peter Hein, along with action and stunt designing teams from Bulgaria and Vietnam, will be choreographing the high-paced thrilling action and war sequences in the film. After Bhuj, the team shifts to Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai and completes the shoot.”
Sanjay Dutt plays civilian, Ranchordas Svabhai Ravari, who helped the Indian Army win the war, Rana Daggubati plays Madras regiment Lt Colonel who was posted in Vighakot chowki and fought the Indo-Pak 1971 war, Parineeti Chopra plays Heena Rehman, an Indian spy staying in Lahore in the movie and Ammy Virk, a fighter pilot in the IAF, who played a very crucial role in this historic win. The movie will release on Independence Day next year.