Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)
Starring: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni
Directed by: Sankalp Reddy
What’s Good: As a war film, The Ghazi Attack has enough fodder to make up for a must watch.
What’s Bad: A few glitches in the plot and a highly dramatic dialogue.
Story Line: S21- INS Rajput, led by Captain Rann Vijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), Lieutenant Arjun Verma (Rana Daggubati) and Officer Devraj (Atul Kulkarni) is sent on a recce mission in Bay Of Bengal for any hint of Pakistani activity after intelligence reports suggesting the same.
Rann Vijay Singh is a hot-headed captain who doesn’t shy away from a war and wants to kill the enemy at first sight. Arjun on the other hand is ordered to maintain peace and await for orders. While Devraj tries to be the peacemaker between the two, Pakistani submarine, Ghazi is planning their attack.
PNS Ghazi and INS Rajput are onto one another, launching torpedoes. How S21 in spite of being hit once not only survive but come out victorious is what we see.
Direction & Music: Sankalp Reddy debuts as a director with this film. He recently made a statement that he has stayed in a submarine for over a year and well I’d say he researched well.
The production design of the film is impressive. The submarine insides with their lofty instruments are well made and give you a complete feel of being a part of Naval ship.
The second half is fast paced and quite literally takes you to the edge of the seat.
VFX could have been much better and that’s where the film loses majorly. If only, the underwater sequences were made to look more real, it would have been another experience. Particularly, the scene where the torpedo hits the submarine.
Background score could have been worked on better. Particularly, the music playing whilst the Pakistani Captain is in the frame is extremely irritating.
Star Performance: Kay Kay Menon is act brilliantly as the eccentric Captain. There are scenes where he reminds us his Brigadier Pratap act from Shaurya but doesn’t come close to that excelling role.
Rana Daggubati does a surprisingly decent job. His calm act as Arjun Verma is impressive. Also, the actor’s personality is a treat in the Navy uniform.
Atul Kulkarni is one actor who can pull off any character. As officer Devraj he is excellent.
Late actor Om Puri is a part of the film and what can we say about him. He makes an impact with his limited role too.
Taapsee Pannu has a role that is an unnecessary addition and hence there’s not much we can say about her shocked expression all through the film.
Rahul Singh as Ghazi’s captain hams in his role. You’ll be tired of his menacing looks.
Final Word: The Ghazi Attack has a riveting story and good performances from its lead cast.