THE GHAZI ATTACK, directed by Sankalp Reddy starring Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Atul Kulkarni, and Kay Kay Menon is an unique unknown real life Indo-Pak war based film on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi in 1971. Will the film ‘sail’ its way to success at the Box-Office or will it sink without a mark, let’s investigate.
India’s debut underwater war flick attempts to decipher the mystery behind the sinking of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The film discovers the untold story of the inexplicable occurrences under which S21 remain underwater for 18 days and how the Pakistan Navy’s flagship submarine PNS Ghazi, which was on a confidential mission commits the serious mistake of crossing Indian waters and sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
The first-half mainly focuses on the battle between a hot-headed, trigger- jovial but sincere Captain and a tranquil and serene ‘Company Man’ Lt Commander who has been explicitly ordered to keep the Captain in check. It is the second half of the film that holds you to your seat and gives you the sensation of being within the claustrophobic confines of a submarine.
The rest of the story is all about the mind games amongst the two opponent captains and how Indian submarine succeeds in defeating PNS Ghazi.
As for the performances, The Ghazi Attack belongs completely to Kay Kay Menon acting as a hot-tempered captain and Atul Kulkarni who is fantastic as XO. Rana Daggubati has matched the role well and carried it off with uttermost authority as the Lt. Commander. Taapsee Pannu as a refugee has a screen-time of a little more than six minutes and essentially, hangs around, for diversity. Satya Dev performs an imperative role of sonar operator and contributes nicely. Ravi Varma makes his charisma felt, this time in a positive role. Bharat Reddy plays one of the crew members. Om Puri is flawless as the central official in Indian Navy.
While the film has certainly no possibility for music, it’s the film’s background music, which is exceptional and helps the narrative in a great way.
The Ghazi Attack has its heart at the exact place, but there are times — and these are definitely mediocre given the grey areas the film has to cruise through — when over-dramatization gets the better off Reddy’s helmsman ship.
The film’s cinematography is fairly good. On the other hand, the film’s editing is tight and extremely commendable. The VFX used in the film though could have been superior.
On the totality, THE GHAZI ATTACK is a spellbinding war drama that leaves a dazzling impact. Such movies are unique and justifies to be seen and should be supported for the betterment of our film industry. For all its technical imperfections and over-dramatic plot at times, The Ghazi Attack ticks all the right boxes for a war film. Absolutely, a must watch. A 3/5 for this one.