Bollywood actor and dancer Nora Fatehi has been roped in to play a pivotal part in the upcoming film Bhuj: The Pride of India, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror. The part is of a spy which was earlier reported to be played by Parineeti Chopra but she opted out of the project due to her busy schedule with Saina Nehwal biopic and remake of The Girl on The Train.
The report cited a source revealing that the makers unanimously agreed that Fatehi was the best replacement for the role.“She came on board recently and has started attending workshops for her role with the director, also focussing on getting the body language of a spy right. She will start shooting after 12 January, as part of the war-drama’s 15-day last schedule,” the source told the publication.
Bhuj: The Pride of India is based on an incident during the Indo-Pak War in 1971. It tells the story of Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik who was incharge of Bhuj airport at that time. He along with his team and the help of 300 local women reconstructed the IAF airbase that was destroyed during the war.
While Ajay Devgn will be seen portraying Vijay Karnik, Sanjay Dutt will be seen as a local resident Ranchordas, Sonakshi Sinha as social worker Sunderben, Rana Daggubati as a Lieutenant Colonel and Amy Virk will be seen playing a pilot.
Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Dudhaiya under the banners of T-Series and Select Media Holdings LLP.
The film is scheduled to be released on 14 August, the occasion of Independence Day.