3 out of 5 (60%) reviewers would recommend
THE GHAZI ATTACK STORY: 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.
An elaborate disclaimer at the beginning of The Ghazi Attack clarifies that though it is inspired by historic events, it is 'purely a work of fiction'. While various versions of this underwater incident have surfaced, this film is based on the claim that India,s INS-Rajput (changed to submarine S-21 in the film) attacked Ghazi, resulting in its subsequent sinking near India's eastern coast. 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. Given the scale of his ambitious project and limited resources at hand, debutant director Sankalp Reddy deserves a pat on the back for making an engaging film. You wish the execution was more nuanced and performances a tad understated but Sankalp makes you invest in his characters nonetheless. Kay Kay surprisingly indulges in a 'who hams more' battle with his caricaturish Pakistani counterpart (played by Rahul Singh, Ji Janab!). In a bizarre scene, he whispers to his officers about the Pakistanis as if they might overhear. Rana Daggubati delivers a mature performance and Atul Kulkarni is sincere but supporting actors look nothing like Navy men. While the visuals and special effects lack finesse, the film compensates for it with its riveting story. The second half keeps you on the edge of your seat as the submarines go head-to-head, firing torpedoes while dodging and defending themselves. Despite the hitches, this underwater thriller is worth a watch. It leaves you in awe of the soldiers, who lay their lives for their country.
1. Inspired by true events from the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, 'The Ghazi Attack' is said to be India's first underwater war movie. 2. Major portions of the movie were shot in the submarine set. 3. The movie has an entire submarine set modelled on INS Karanj (S21) in Vizag. 4. The CBFC asked the makers of this film to put a disclaimer at the beginning which states that the work is partly fictional and partly authentic. 5. The film, which is presented by Karan Johar, also marks the debut of director Sankalp Reddy. 6. The narration for the Hindi version is given by Amitabh Bachchan, while the Telugu version has Chiranjeevi lending his voice. 7. Rana Daggubati had to undergo a strict diet and shed weight in order to attain a lean physique for the film.
'The Ghazi Attack' has been running steadily at the box office. The Hindi version of the film collected Rs 1.50 crore on its first Tuesday taking the five day total to Rs 9.50 crore, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com.According to the producers, 'The Ghazi Attack' collected Rs 1.50 crore in Hindi and a total of Rs 3.15 cr in respect of the three languages. This takes the overall domestic total of all three languages till date to Rs 24.05 crore. Starring Rana Daggubati,,Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Singh, Satyadev Kancharana and Atul Kulkarni, 'The Ghazi Attack' is based on the mysterious sinking of the Pakistani war ship PNS Ghazi during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The film released in three languages: Hindi,Tamil and Telugu and is touted as India's first film depicting war at sea. 'The Ghazi Attack', being the first of its kind cinema in the country is claimed to be the first war-at-sea film too. Directed by Sankalp Reddy, the movie has garnered thundering applause from Bollywood. Actors Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt were a very few among others who spoke high about the film.