Starcast: Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Singh, Late Om Puri, Bharat Reddy, Satyadev and Ravi Varma
Costumes by Ashwanth Byri
Music Composed by K
Edited by G Sreekar Prasad
Cinematography by Madhie
Directed by Sankalp Reddy
Censor Certificate: U Runtime: 124 Minutes
Story: The Ghazi Attack is inspired by true events from the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine S21 and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which the PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in 1971. It is an underwater tale of the courage and patriotism of the men aboard the Indian Submarine S-21 who destroyed the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy the INS Vikrant.
Led by the rebellious Capt Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), his second-in-command Devaraj (Atul Kulkarni) and righteous officer Arjun (Rana Daggubati), S-21 is assigned a classified search mission after sources tip-off the Indian Navy of a Pakistani vessel infiltrating the Indian waters. Ghazi intends to target INS Vikrant (India’s aircraft carrier) in order to reach East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by sea. What transpires between these two submarines once they get a whiff of each other forms the story.
Given the scale of his ambitious project and limited resources at hand, debutant director Sankalp Reddy deserves a pat on the back for making an engaging film. You wish the execution was more nuanced and performances a tad understated but Sankalp makes you invest in his characters nonetheless.For his debut, Reddy makes a fair attempt but needs more finesse to get the best out of his characters and technicians. Cinematography isn't bad but the real star of the film is its background score that keeps you engaged. The film is made is Telugu and Hindi and will be dubbed in Tamil. Amitabh Bachchan's baritone does make the film sound grand though it did require much more effort. As we said, it's not a bad film, but could be much much better.
To conclude, yes, it's been long since we have had a war film and what's better is that debutante director Sankalp Reddy's 'The Ghazi Attack' is a complete underwater affair, in fact its India's first underwater war film. So go watch it.