Starring: Rana Daggubati (Arjun Varma, Lt.Commander),Kay Kay Menon (Captain Ranvijay Singh), Atul Kulkarni (Devraj), Taapsee Pannu (Ananya),Om Puri, Rahul Singh ( Captain Razzak)
Director: Sankalp Reddy
Bollywood does not do much war films but when it does, they are nothing short of classics. Profound, thorough, well written and full of events that keep you intrigued till the end, The Ghazi Attack is the first film that shows the Indian Navy and their efforts at sea during the 1971 war. The film hit theaters this Friday and without much noise and promotion won me over.
The story circles around one of Indian Navy’s classified mission in the Bay Of Bengal that went on to destroy one of Pakistan’s highly decorated speed submarines, PNS Ghazi. Shot majorly in the Bay of Bengal and parts of Vizag, The Ghazi attack impresses upon fine details of the operation, providing articulate background to the story. In very little time this journey picks up pace and introduces all characters quickly to make sure the train sets the right course with the perfect momentum.
Unlike most Bollywood war films, The Ghazi Attack does not involve much music and songs but Krishna Kumar’s background score gives great balance to the daunting chain of events in the film. Debutant director, Sankalp Reddy nails his first Bollywood project as he manages to get every fact and scene perfect.
Moving from the team behind the camera to those before it, Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni and late Om Puri carry out their roles with utmost ease and perfection to transform India’s famous Navy mission into a well acknowledged film. Rahul Singh raises the bar as he elegantly pulls off the negative role of the hated Pakistani commander. Despite carrying a serious tone throughout the 125 minute journey, the film shrugs of the momentary comic and sarcasm to ensure a standard momentum is maintained.
Even though it is his first, director Sankalp Reddy brilliantly captures the enigmatic and heated exchanges between Rana Daggubati and Kay Kay Menon keeping in mind the standard Indian Navy protocol. As the train nears the climax scene, the last forty minutes of the film give you rigorous bubbles of patriotism and pride as the final lap of this journey steals the show. The final conquest to sink the PNS Gazi is not only well directed but also tactically sound, which further enhances the film’s charm.
The Ghazi Attack definitely has the potential to match up to the likes of Border and LOC Kargil. Besides being the perfectly cast die, The Ghazi Attack does fumble at a few points , but all makes up with its fine details, story line, length and direction. To conclude, the film is a must watch and guarantees both, thrill and entertainment.
The Cinema Station’s Rating: First Class AC Journey