The Ghazi Attack
|Directed by||Sankalp Reddy|
|Produced by||Anvesh Reddy, Venkatramana Reddy, Prasad V Potluri, NM Pasha, Jagan Mohan Vancha|
|Written by||Azad Alam (Hindi dialogues), Gangaraju Gunnam (Telugu dialogues)|
|Starring||Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Singh, Kunal Kaushik|
|Music by||K (Krishna Kumar)|
|Production Company||PVP cinemas, Matinee Entertainment, Dharma Productions, AA Films|
|Release date||17 February 2017|
|Running time||2 Hours 5 Minutes|
|Rating||3/5 (Three Star)|
India’s first underwater war film tries to decode the mystery behind the sinking of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The Ghazi Attack is a story set up at the time of Bangladesh partition followed by India-Pakistan war in the year 1971. PNS Ghazi had set out to destroy the one and only Indian aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant. That’s when S-21, another submarine was sent out to stop Ghazi. It was a classified mission that no one knew of. While Indian Navy has claimed to have destroyed to PNS Ghazi, Pakistan Navy believe the PNS Ghazi exploded as it collided with its own landmines. Till date, the truth remains hidden.
The Ghazi Attack Movie Review
The Ghazi Attack is billed as the first Indian movie to be set on a submarine. It is also the first Indian movie to mine nationalism at the very depths of the ocean. The film starts with this disclaimer, before going on to declare that its intention is not to outrage or offend anybody, that it doesn’t in any manner support the expressions used by its characters, and that it makes no claim to historical accuracy.
Led by the rebellious Capt Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), his second-in-command Devaraj (Atul Kulkarni) and righteous officer Arjun (Rana Daggubati), S-21 is assigned a classified search mission after sources tip-off the Indian Navy of a Pakistani vessel infiltrating the Indian waters. Ghazi intends to target INS Vikrant (India’s aircraft carrier) in order to reach East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by sea. What transpires between these two submarines once they get a whiff of each other forms the story.
The film’s first half not only establishes the film’s central characters, but also sets the technical know-how of how the Navy operates. It is however the film’s second half from where the story takes off.
Despite The Ghazi Attack being Sankalp Reddy’s debut film as a director, he shows immense promise and potential as a filmmaker. The way in which he has shot the film is extremely intriguing and engaging. It might not be at par with the International films we have seen but in terms of storytelling and screenplay the attempt is much better.
Almost, every scene related to Kay Kay Menon are fabulous. Beneath all that bravado and cheekiness, there was a broken father who never forgot his son’s death. His character was subtly layered, and each layer came out in the open as the movie progressed.
Rana Daggubati does a surprisingly decent job. His calm act as Arjun Verma is impressive. Also, the actor’s personality is a treat in the Navy uniform. Rana Daggubati’s character rose to the occasion in the second half, displaying his bravery at the right time.
Atul Kulkarni was prefect in his part, calm when he had to be, aggressive when it was needed. Taapsee Pannu and the late Om Puri are in cameos. Taapsee’s character does nothing more than add a redundant female presence to the all-male ship. Fortunately, Reddy doesn’t ask her to break out into a song. Rahul Singh in the role of Pakistani Naval officer and the ruthless Captain of “PNS Ghazi” is also brilliant in his part.
Despite the hitches, this underwater thriller is worth a watch. One-Time Watch. 3 (Three Star) out of 5 star for this.