The Ghazi Attack: A must watch with a decent pace, but some silly flaws
The debutant director Sankalp Reddy's sincere efforts to make a war film which talks about a secret mission undertaken by the Indian Navy on the night of 1971 war with Pakistan has to be lauded with all it's flaws
The Ghazi Attack qualifies as a right choice for a war film with all it's technical flaws, limitations and over-dramatic narrative at junctures.
The debutant director Sankalp Reddy's sincere efforts to make a war film which talks about a secret mission undertaken by the Indian Navy on the night of 1971 war with Pakistan has to be lauded with all it's flaws.
An Indian submarine named S-21 under the command of Captain Rann Vijay Singh is ordered to undergo reconnaissance to search the Bay of Bengal for possible Pakistani intrusion on reports that the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is the target.
Outstanding performances from Kay Kay Menon as a hot-headed Captain Singh and Rana Dagubbati as Deputy Arjun Verma and Atul Kulkarni as Officer Devaraj makes the film reliable as the submarine goes for a cat and mouse game with Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi whose real intention would be unravelled later.
Much of the first half is dedicated to Captain Singh's hatred for Pakistan and not much doing to end the conspicuous operations of the enemy. The second half of the film has a different pace set and gives you the claustrophobic feel of being inside a submarine.
The buckle-up-your-seatbelt tension on both sides of the game where both commanders try to outrun and outwit each other makes a thrilling experience.
The deliberate move from the director to avoid any romantic scenes and songs make one feel that he had every backing from the producers.
The making of the film with neglecting all the unwanted distraction it may have caused, The Ghazi Attack can be called as a decent war thriller where the only exception is Tapsee Pannu- a East Pakistani refugee onboard a merchant vessel that is sunk by the Pakistani submarine.
If you are great admirer of war films, that too about a classified mission under the sea in a submarine where the truth can only be dug out in the depth of the sea bed, then The Ghazi Attack is a must watch.