Ajay Devgn to Play IAF Pilot in Film on 1971 Indo-Pak War

He will play IAF Wing Commander Vijay Karnik in the film.

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Ajay Devgn will play IAF Wing Commander Vijay Karnik in <i>Bhuj: The Pride of India</i>.

Bhuj: The Pride of India is the newest list of patriotic films being announced this election year and will star Ajay Devgn in the lead. Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati and Ammy Virk are also part of the cast.

Ajay will essay the role of IAF Wing Commander Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. After the airstrip was destroyed by Pakistani air strikes, Karnik rallied together 300 local women to help rebuild it so that the Indian Air Force could make a safe landing. He played a pivotal role in helping keep the airstrip operational even in the midst of heavy bombing from Pakistan.

The film will be written and directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and backed by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, and Vajir Singh.

Giving the film a nod of approval, Karnik told The Indian Express, “We were fighting a war and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss. But I took the decision and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked and they followed it bravely. Also, I could only see Ajay Devgn essaying my character and I’m glad that he’s on board,” he said.

Ajay has also been signed on for Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior, based on the life of Taanaji Malusare, a trusted general of Maratha leader Shivaji Maharaj; SS Rajamouli’s RRR with Alia Bhatt; De De Pyaar De with Tabu and a biopic on Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.

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