After a set of intriguing posters, a visually compelling trailer and a long wait, The Ghazi Attack is finally here. The movie stars Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Taapsee Pannu. This film has been headed by debutante Sankalp Reddy. The movie opens with Amitabh Bachchan's baritone voice as he talks of a war nobody knew of until now.... For all those who don't know, this movie is based on a true story that happened just before the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
It was a classified mission, wherein the Pakistani Navy had sent out INS Ghazi to destroy INS Vikrant, the powerful aircraft carrier in order to clear their way to East Pakistan. The Indian Navy was alerted of this mission, so they sent out a submarine headed by Captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay) , special officer Lieutenant commander Arjun (Rana) and Exo officer -Devaraj (Atul). Right from the first frame, Ranvijay makes an impression of being the cheeky, rebellious Captain who does what he thinks is right. He doesn't wait for anybody's orders. That's why special officer Arjun has been sent to keep him in check. On the other hand, PNS Ghazi head by Captain Rasaq has set out. Rasaq is brave, sharp and shrewd. He doesn't miss a thing. As a strategy. They decide to divert the submarine S21's attention by attacking one side. PNS Ghazi is almost successful but Captain Ranvijay reads between the lines and realises their intention. Much to the opposition of Special officer Arjun, Captain Ranvijay decides to launch a turpedo targeting PNS Ghazi. (ALSO READ: 5 reasons why Rana Daggubati’s The Ghazi Attack is a movie to look out for)
It's a no frills story, as the director plunges right in with the historical incident. While the technical jargon can get you confused, the story moves at a fast pace. Now let me take a moment to marvel about the sets! Everything, right from the periscope to the buttons, to the bunks to the documents, everything about the set up is REAL. Sankalp's effort is commendable. Now we know, why these actors almost felt suffocated at one point. Inside a submarine like that, it's difficult to keep track of what's happening outside to say the least. Right from the word go, Kay Kay's character is most likeable - He's know what he is doing and is stubborn about his beliefs. His approach is aggressive and doesn't think twice about taking a decision. His tongue in cheek humour is not forced, but witty. Rana plays a calmer officer who 'waits' for orders. In his own way, he is fearless as he stands up. Against Kay Kay's character. Rana's voice for this movie is underwhelming. It doesn't match with his persona. So far, Rana hasn't create a huge impression, hoping for that to change in the second half. Atul's character is meek, pleasant and believes in Captain Ranvijay fully. The late actor Om Puri deserves a special mention as he unfolds his magic on screen.
As of now, the turpedo S-21 launched missed it's target, unfortunately that alerted PNS Ghazi of S-21's presence. Now, S21 is getting ready for attack, while PNS Ghazi is destroying all the shops around Vizag. Waiting to know, what happens from here on.
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