The Ghazi Attack, directed by Sankalp Reddy and starring Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni is a war film based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi in 1971. Here is The Ghazi Attack movie review.
The Ghazi Attack starring Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni is war film based on real events. Here is The Ghazi Attack movie review.
The Ghazi Attack Cast: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Singh, Om Puri, Nassar.
Border stops being the benchmark. The Ghazi Attack is now the best Indian war film, ladies and gents.
Stripped of all the saturated fats that we associate with Indian war films (courtesy JP Dutta) such as sentimental backstories of soldiers, romantic subplots that only serve to bore and unrealistic heroism, The Ghazi Attack, helmed by first-time filmmaker Sankalp Reddy, deserves kudos for its smart, smart filmmaking.
The Ghazi Attack is based on the mysterious sinking of the behemoth of a submarine called PNS Ghazi, pretty much The Nautilus of the Pakistan Army between 1964 and 1971. According to the Pak army, PNS Ghazi sank due to explosions caused by itself or the landmines it laid in the Bay of Bengal. However, the Indian Navy credits the destroyer INS Rajput for sinking PNS Ghazi. As of today, it is a mystery and was thus, a ripe subject for a filmmaker to base a war film on.
More so because 90 per cent of the action occurs within submarines and thus under water. As such, the setting is new to the Indian audience who have rarely seen the insides of a submarine on the big screen. It's all very contained. Shot in tight angles. Close-ups of actors. Sweating, bleeding, nervous, agitated and trying to keep calm under pressure in a claustrophobic environment where one wrong move can mean either death or a full-scale war between India and Pakistan.
Writer-director Sankalp Reddy credits the fictional Indian submarine S-21 for torpedoing Ghazi and bringing the monster to its end. The film, a little over two hours long, has an exceptionally tight screenplay that does not stop for a minute to breathe. It is single-mindedly focused on the cat-and-mouse game between the players inside both the submarines, S-21 and Ghazi, which try to constantly locate and outsmart each other.
The action set-ups are brilliant. The unobtrusive background score is a loyal second-in-command. Above all, the Ghazi Attack's script-structure is beautiful. The first-half concentrates on the conflict between a hot-headed, trigger-happy but sincere Captain and a calm and composed 'Company Man' Lt Commander who has been specifically ordered to keep the Captain in check. The post-interval part witnesses a change in heart and methodology of the Lt.Commander after a tragedy and now the conflict shifts from personal to physical, from intimate to external, between S-21 and Ghazi itself.
As for the performances, The Ghazi Attack belongs entirely to Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. Rana Daggubati is an expressionless blank slate and the one thing he does well is to growl with a scowl, which indeed works once his character gets control of the submarine and becomes its de facto Captain. Taapsee Pannu has a screen-time of a little more than five minutes and basically, hangs around, for diversity. Rahul Singh plays Razzak, the villainous Pakistani captain of Ghazi, and he does a cartoon-ish Prakash Raj, sadly. Are Indian audiences not mature enough to comprehend nuance in our villains? Why do they have to be Mojo Jojo, Pakistanis or not?