We all love war movies. Be it ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘American Sniper’ or ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ these movies have been in the best movies any movie buff would have. Hollywood has been very making movies about their history and the best of wars for quite some time now. It was the time that Bollywood comes up with a movie based on a story of its own. We have had a dramatic history with Mughals ruling the country from hundreds of years and then British taking over control and looting our wealth. But what interests us most is our controversial wartime with Pakistan, our neighboring nation. There was a time when India and Pakistan were together but after the independence got separated and got into spats.
The Ghazi Attack has a wonderful story, which hasn’t been witnesses ever on screens before. The first half of the film is all about a slow-paced narration, which tests the patience of the audience in parts. The second half is much more engrossing and makes the audience watch the events with more interest and engrossment. Director Sankalp Reddy is the by far the hero of the movie for taking this bravado attempt of exploring an untold saga. The movie also features Amitabh Bachchan in the start of the movie whose heavy and gripping voice gives us a brief intro of the storyline.
This latest Bollywood movie ‘The Ghazi Attack’ is based on the real story of how Pakistan’s submarine PNS Ghazi planned to destroy INS Vikrant during 1971 but Indian Submarine S-21 fought back and claimed victory. It is a narrative where the Pakistan Army to sent their submarine in Bangladesh to destroy Indian warship INS Vikrant during the war. The Indian Navy received this information through intelligence agencies and deploys the S-21 submarine to take control of the situation. The S-21 is captained by Captain Ran Vijay Singh, the character played by Kay Kay Menon and he is joined by Lt. Commander Arjun played by Rana Daggubati. All works well in the waters as they sail from point to point until the sonar picks up an echo and gets ready for one on one clash.
The scenes which feature Om Puri are bittersweet as we all know in our hearts that we won’t be seeing more from this magnificent actor. Rahul Singh as Captain Razzaq of PNS Ghazi has put his best act forward. The narration loses a little focus as the second half begins, but the nail-biting climax keeps you hooked throughout the movie. Although in our hearts, we know the eventual result as these submarines fight head-on, the tension that arises, is pretty intense and is worth experiencing.Taapsee Pannu as Ananya has not much of a role in the movie to play and is wasted here if kept bluntly. Rana Daggubati, who manages to stay underwater for 18 days with his team to fight the Ghazi forms the crux of the story.