Review: Ghazi – MUST watch! Ghazi takes the INDIAN Cinema to soaring heights
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon
Direction: Sankalp Reddy
Producer: Anvesh Reddy, Venkatramana Reddy, Prasad V Potluri, NM Pasha and Jagan Mohan Vancha
Banner: PVP Cinema & Matinee Entertainments
Music Director: K
When we hear some stories that we haven’t heard before, then the excitement catches our attention instantly. The Ghazi Attack starring Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Taapsee Pannu is one such film.
Right from the posters to its trailer, the movie had everyone intrigued, as this was only an unknown tale but also the first submarine based war film. Well, let us see Ghazi live up to expectations or not.
The Ghazi Attack is a true story based on the mysterious events that took place just before the 1971 Indo-Pak war broke out. PNS Ghazi had set out to destroy the one and only aircraft carrier INS vibrant.
That’s when S-21, another submarine was sent out to stop Ghazi. It was a classified mission that no one knew of. While Indian Navy has claimed to have destroyed to PNS Ghazi, Pakistani Navy believe the PNS Ghazi exploded as it collided with its own landmines. Till date, the truth remains hidden. The film reveals the story behind the Ghazi attack.
The cinematography effortlessly transports you to that time period when this classified mission took place. It’s almost as if you are inside the S-21 submarine and fighting the war yourself. The director convinces you of the magnitude of the story, makes you feel its impact just like PNS Ghazi felt it when S21 launched a torpedo at it. The director has paid special attention to the minute details, like the knobs on the engine, document papers, the surge of waves when a torpedo is launched, pipe bursts when one part of the submarine gets hit by a landmine. The scene where S21 gets hit by the land mine actually makes you reach out to the screen, it’s so real.
The film’s director was clear, he was here to tell a story and not beat around the bush. The little additions the director made, to make this seem more a film, less a documentary, didn’t seem forced. Also, each attack by both submarines was explained well without making it seem like a classroom lesson.
Coming to the characters, Rana Daggubati’s character rose to the occasion in the second half, displaying his bravery at the right time. Kay Kay Menon’s role was most interesting. Beneath all that bravado and cheekiness, there was a broken father who never forgot his son’s death. His character was subtly layered, and each layer came out in the open as the movie progressed.
At every tense or anxious moment story, the background score made its presence felt as it reflected our own feelings. While the story and the characters engaged us, seeing late actor Om Puri’s on screen triggered a bitter sweet memory. All in all, it was a story well told with breathtaking visuals.
Each of the characters had a role to play right from the lead cast – Rana, Atul, Kay Kay to even the submarine engine drivers but for Taapsee’s role. Her character was a complete waste, as she was rescued out of nowhere and conveniently happened to be a doctor. She may have had four dialogues.
The story would have been the same with or without her. No difference. While Rana’s persona was impressive, his voice was a major put off. At certain times, his body language and his voice weren’t in sync.
While the story was interesting, certain parts towards the end dampened the impact of the movie. The Pakistani Captain’s plans conveniently went wrong and that fizzled out the victory.
If you want to watch an inspiring story on screen in a never before way, The Ghazi Attack is definitely for you.
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