The Ghazi Attack

Review of the movie ‘The Ghazi Attack’ by G 9 DivyaSolgama

Expectations:

Chetan Anand’s ‘Haqeeqat’ is the first and one of the finest army based war film from our country. This movie broke all the parameters and created the war genre category in our country. It took a few decades for other filmmakers to venture into this territory, but none of them could match up to the brilliance of this classic film. While most of the followers were making Indian army based films, the maker himself tried making a film based on the Indian air force in the form of ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’. There were few more films like ‘Vijeyta’, ‘Agnipankh’, etc., which enhanced the level of Indian air force based genre. But when it came to films on Indian navy there were none to be found except for some brief references in Amitabh Bachchan starrers film ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’. Finally, a full fledge Indian navy based film is made in our country in the form of ‘The Ghazi Attack’. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘The Ghazi Attack’ will manage to do right and deserving justice to this genre or might end up being one of those films where there’s nothing more than the novelty factor attached to it.

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Story:

‘The Ghazi Attack’ is a story set up at the time of Bangladesh partition followed by India-Pakistan war in the year 1971. Due to the political tensions in Bangladesh, Indian Naval force suspect a surprise attack by Pakistan. Thus, they assign Capt. Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) and his submarine S 21 for a search operation in the Bay of Bengal. Capt. Ranvijay Singh is joined by his assistant Devraj (Atul Kulkarni) and Lieutenant. Arjun (Rana Dugabbati). Together they sail under the water and suspect enemy intrusion in the Indian territory. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story is something similar to what we have been hearing from our elders about this epic underwater battle which took place in our county and has hardly any factual mentions in our History textbooks. It’s just that the makers have modified it as per the film format and presented it in their own manner. The long disclaimer is the start leaves you confused over the facts shown in the movie. The movie starts with highly captivating first half followed by a nail biting second half leading to a climax which could have been better. Despite of being bit predictable the crisp screenplay keeps you glued to the silver screen. Almost, every scene related to Kay Kay Menon are fabulous. Right from the meetings to investigation, arguments with associate officers, surprise drill, attack plans followed by execution, Kay Kay Menon holds your interest with the ease. The second half starts in a thrilling mode with a cat and mouse type of chase between the Indian submarine and the Pakistani Submarine. There are some scenes which manages to give you goose bumps followed by Rana Dugabbati’s style of handling the whole situation. It’s only that the climax part (which sounds great on papers) fails to connect or surpass the high level of expectations set due to the first half of the film. Its a bit hurried and juvenile in comparison to the other parts of the film. The whole track of Tapsee Pannu is unwanted. She plays a role of a doctor who is just shown staring at the injured victims in the finale of the film, where the first aid treatment is given by someone else. The movie ends in a hurried manner due to which one fails to connect to the victory of the mission and also leave a few questions unanswered. The patriotic dialogues in the finale seemed forced.  The special effects are not consistent. In some scenes, especially the underwater ones they have done a remarkable job, but at the same time in other scenes it matches up to the level of b-grade television shows.

Music:

The background music is good and works in the favour of the film.

Direction:

Director Sankalp Reddy dares to venture into this forbidden territory of films with a navy background. As for a debutante director this is a great effort. It might not be at par with the International films we have seen but in terms of storytelling and screenplay the attempt is much better. It’s tough to make such a film with so much technicality attached to it and Sankalp does it all without being boring or preachy. A thin line plot is narrated in a thrilling and gripping manner which only fails to cultivate in the finale portions. Despite of having everything, there was still something missing in the final scenes due to which the connect fails.

Performances:

Kay Kay Menon is fantastic in his role. He excels in every scene and keeps you glued to his fiery performance. His absence makes a huge vacuum in the last part of the film. Atul Kulkarni is fine in his part and lends good support. Rana Duggabati looks great and delivers a decent performance. His argument scenes with Kay Kay Menon are the best scenes of the film. Tapsee Pannu is highly wasted. All she does is stare at everyone in the submarine. Om Puri, Nassar and Milind Gunaji were fine in their small parts. Rahul Singh was good in his role. Amitabh Bachchan’s narration at the start is good.

Final Verdict:

On an overall basis, ‘The Ghazi Attack’ is a vigorously heroic underwater tale from our country. It narrates the unwritten chapter of our history and does a decent job as a debut film in this genre. It’s only that some unwanted tracks and final culmination dilute the impact of the film.

Rating – 3.5/5

(Source – Bollywood Times)

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