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Bollywood Talk – Two war films to clash this Independence Day week

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The next week is going to be very exciting as ‘Bell Bottom’, the first big Hindi film since March 2020, will finally release in cinemas. It will clash with ‘Fast and Furious 9’. But before that, there is another interesting clash to look forward to, albeit on digital. Independence Day falls on Sunday, August 15 and hence, this week we will see the release of two major patriotic films.

‘Shershaah’ is based on the incredible heroism of Late Captain Vikram Batra, who fought in the 1999 Kargil War. Sidharth Malhotra plays the real-life hero and Kiara Advani essays Dimple Cheema, Vikram Batra’s girlfriend who never married after he lost his life. Tamil director Vishnu Vardhan has directed the film while the film is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Shabbir Boxwala. The trailer has been impressive and the film looks like a rich product. Everyone is of the opinion that this film should have been released in cinemas. For the trailer launch, the makers and Amazon Prime took people from the media to Kargil where the trailer was launched in the presence of soldiers and army officials. It also took place on July 25, a day before the Kargil Vijay Diwas. The event was prominently covered by the media and it gave a boost to its buzz. The film releases today, 12th August.


‘Bhuj: The Pride Of India’ is a multi-starrer film featuring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk and Pranitha Subhash. Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, it is set during the 1971 India-Pakistan war and tells the story of how 300 women from a village in Gujarat helped the Indian Air Force in reconstructed the airbase that was destroyed in the bombings. Ajay Devgn plays the part of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik. The trailer is quite massy and entertaining and again, it’s a film made for the big screen. The song “Zaalima Coca Cola” has got noticed. However, the VFX looks a bit poor and this became clear after the much better VFX seen in the trailer of ‘Shershaah’. Also, the dialogues are a bit heavy and one hopes that the writing enhances the film and doesn’t spoil the impact. It will be releasing tomorrow, 13th August on Disney+ Hotstar. The platform has the most number of subscribers and also this is a star-studded patriotic film releasing during Independence Day week. Hence, it’s sure to get one of the highest viewership’s ever.

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