THE GHAZI ATTACK
Director – Sankalp Reddy
Cast – Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Rana Duggabati
Genre – War Drama
Although India has the biggest Navy, we haven’t really had a film based on the same in Bollywood until The Ghazi Attack. To top it all, there was an Indo Pak War involved which makes the movie even more interesting. There have been movies based on Wars before, but the concept of underwater War came for the first time with great actors like Rana, Kay Kay and Atul Kulkarni. What makes it more gripping is that the movie is based on real incident.
The story is based on the mystery behind the disappearance of ‘PNS Ghazi’ during the Indo Pak War of 1971. The movie starts with the voice of Amitabh Bachchan who gives an inside view of the Navy and sets the mood of the story. The Indian Navy is able to decode a cryptic message where the Pakistanis have planned a surprise attack on India. They are suddenly aware and alert of the situation, recruiting a group of three members to lead India’s submarine S21. Like you guessed, the three members are Lt. Commander Arjun Verma (Rana Duggabati), Captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) and Executive Officer Devraj (Atul Kulkarni.) All three of them are different in the way they conduct their duties, making a perfect combination in order to win the war. There are fights and ego clashes between the officers regarding their acts and lots of war games between both the submarines under the ocean. Will the officers be able to survive the Ghazi Attack and manage to defeat the other end is what the rest of the film is about.
Talking about performances, the film is a joint effort of many talents, including the director. The Trio of Rana, Kay Kay and Atul is what makes the film gripping right from the beginning. Their acting and balance between their performances is commendable. Rana’s character is a dutiful person who abides and obeys what has been told to him. There are instances where he feels helpless about Kay Kay’s decision overpowering his, and the scenes are beautiful. Kay Kay’s character is that of the senior most amongst the three, which gives him the right to stand his own rules. Besides his tough decision making traits, his emotional side has been depicted brilliantly too. Atul is phenomenal as a performer. Be it Rang De Basanti or Raees, Kulkarni with his performance always takes his audience on a deeper level with the intensity of his roles.
The movie also had Late Om Puri and Taapsee in cameos. Taapsee didn’t make her presence felt at all, her character didn’t impress us the way it usually does. Apart from them, all the other actors justified their roles.
This is the debut movie of Director Sankalp Reddy. He shows potential and a promising debutant. He has ensured that there is not a dull moment in the film and made us hold onto our seats right from the beginning till the end. He misses out on a few explanations and twists of the film but the loops and bounds are overshadowed by the performances of the actors he chose.
The movie has no scope of music but the background score is what makes the scene dramatic and helps the narrative. The cinematography is good and editing is tight and commendable. VFX is good too without much of an impact and the dialogues are okay.
To sum it all, Ghazi is a gripping story with a war drama of India – Pakistan that we Indians are highly sensitive about. It leaves a stunning impact when you get out of the theatres. A must watch from us.