Updated: July 28, 2021 8:55:29 am
Ajay Devgn on Tuesday released a special video, commemorating the country’s soldiers. The video is titled “Ajay Devgn’s heartfelt tribute to the Indian Brave Hearts,” and it has the actor reciting the ‘Sipahi’ poem, of which we got a tiny sneak in the trailer of his upcoming war drama, Bhuj: The Pride of India. The video comes a day after Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26.
Reacting to the poem, Akshay Kumar tweeted, “I’m not very expressive when it comes to emotions in real life. But this got me in tears. @ajaydevgn I didn’t know you have a brilliant poet in you. Kis Kis baat pe dil jeetoge yaar?” He later added another tweet to credit writer Manoj Muntashir for penning down the poem. “Just got to know that the words of the very moving poem are by the amazingly talented @manojmuntashir. Narrated by @ajaydevgn,” he wrote.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 27, 2021
The poem captures the indomitable spirit of a soldier and is recited from his point of view. He is asking his mother, father, siblings and lover, to do certain things when he has sacrificed his life for the nation. The poem is emotional yet empowering and lauds the valour of our soldiers who fight at the borders, keeping everything personal at stake.
Ajay Devgn later thanked Akshay for his “nicest words”. Quoting Akshay’s tweet, Ajay wrote, “Thank you Akki @akshaykumar for the nicest words on my ‘poetic’ side. The praise feels good especially when it comes from a friend & esteemed colleague. I also need to thank @manojmuntashir for the poetry —Sipahi.”
Abhishek Bachchan also shared the tribute on Twitter.
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 27, 2021
Tusshar Kapoor applauded the poem and wrote on Twitter, “This exemplifies the soul of India and the bravery of our soldiers in the frontlines! Heartbreaking, inspiring and full of patriotism! #sipahi @ajaydevgn.” Thanking him, Devgn replied, “Hi Tusshar, you’ve always been there. Actually, we are a part of the Golmaal family. So you are more family than friend.” Anil Kapoor and Suniel Shetty also appreciated the video.
Bhuj: The Pride of India highlights a chapter from the 1971 India-Pakistan war, and follows IAF Squadron leader Vijay Karnik (Ajay Devgn) who ensured India’s victory by re-constructing the Bhuj airbase along with the help of 300 women from a local village in Madhapar.
Producer Bhushan Kumar had said in a statement, “This courageous tale needs to be told because we want the current and the coming generation to know about this brave soldier, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who played a significant role in India’s victory in the 1971 war. He was heroic enough to take this bold step of involving civilians in a war. Also, who better than Ajay Devgn for the role of Vijay Karnik?”
The Abhishek Dudhaiya directorial also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It will release on August 13 on Disney Plus Hotstar.
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