If you are the type who was anticipating a war film from Indian Cinema and something that breaks stereotypes about war manages, then the wait is over. The Ghazi Attack is here and in so many ways this can be termed as the best Indian war film.
What really makes the Ghazi attack work? For starters, the film does way with the stereotypes that we have come to associate with war films, especially the Indian ones. So, this one directly goes for the meat instead of pushing the audience around with trivial back stories. At the helm of things, you have got first-time filmmaker Sankalp Reddy. And, he pulls it off like a star. The Ghazi Attack is based on the inexplicable sinking of the PNS Ghazi. The mysterious sinking of the PNS Ghazi took place between the year 1964 and 1971. While the accounts differ, the Indian Navy credits INS Rajput for the sinking of the PNS Ghazi.
But, the Pak army had a different story to tell. As per the Pak army, PNS Ghazi sank due to explosions that were caused by some of the landmines laid in the Bay of Bengal. The mystery continues to be a ripe subject for filmmakers and is thus a great plot for a film to be made on. It’s amazing that there was never a film made on this plot.
In the film, all major sequences take place in the submarines. So much so, that it can be safely estimated that the 90 % of the film takes place underwater.
The sequences consist of sweating, nervousness, and agitation. Amongst all this, the characters are trying to keep their calm and that too in a claustrophobic environment. Add to that, one wrong move and a full-scale war can happen between India and Pakistan.
Sankalp Reddy handles all of this with a charm and puts the fictional submarine S-21 up for the task of dealing with Ghazi and bringing the monster to its rightful demise.
The film runs for a duration of somewhere around 2 hours and has a screenplay that manages to keep everything tonight and won’t even give the audience a minute to breathe.
The action set-ups in the film are brilliantly tapped and the background score adds to the whole feel that the story of the movie creates. Above all, the way the Ghazi’s script is structured is very elegant.
The performances in The Ghazi Attack are stellar. Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni prove it once again why they are in a class of their own. Rana Daggubati, on the other hand, falls a little short when comapared to the heavy-hitters, but is no way bad. He pulls punches well and manages to go all out in some of the more demanding scenes.
The Ghazi attack is a must watch and war film that was a long time coming. It manages to check all the boxes that you would come to expect from any well-made film.