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THE GHAZI ATTACK - Ignoring the filmy touches, it largely remains a rare and delightful focused war movie featuring a talented cast ensemble that deserves to be given a chance for sure. (Review by Bobby Sing)

17 Feb, 2017 | Movie Reviews / 2017 Releases / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / T

The Ghazi AttackHindi Cinema has rarely dared to give us a realistic war movie that can be largely praised for its impressive onscreen portrayal. Moreover an underwater war movie has actually never been there before THE GHAZI ATTACK, giving the film its deserving credit of being the first project in this genre coming from the Hindi Cinema.

Fictionally decoding the mystery behind the destruction of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi in the Bay of Bengal during (before) the 1971 Indo-Pak war (as mentioned in its detailed disclaimer), the film made in Telugu and Hindi, begins with an voiceover of Amitabh Bachchan (giving an early insight of the story) and then never loses the grip in the next two exciting hours crafted skillfully.

The biggest merit of the film remains its talented cast ensemble featuring the terrific impactful Kay Kay, the ever-sincere Atul Kulkarni and a notably restrained Rana Daggubati in charge of the Indian submarine, along with Late Om Puri and Naseer (in short cameos) as their commanding Navy officers. Rahul Singh as a bit hamming Pakistani captain successfully plays to the gallery and Tapsee Pannu makes a decent emotional connect with the viewers in her few scenes. Milind Gunaji makes a surprising brief appearance after a long gap and supporting cast does it well despite not getting any detailed attention in the narration.

(Mild Spoilers Ahead)
Competently directed by the debutant Sankalp Reddy and well-scripted by his writers (including the dialogues), the film scores the maximum before the intermission and has a few minuses coming in the second half, which interestingly get shielded by a strong spirit of nationalism and the viewers mostly involved in the thrilling edge of the seat entertainment in its final hour.

For instance, in a particular scene it’s really strange to see the captain whispering to the operating officers about the danger ahead as if the opponents might hear him, the use of complete National Anthem towards the end looks like highly forced or unnecessary and then the collective singing of Indian soldiers reaching out to the Pakistanis in their better equipped submarine defies all logics of underwater acoustics quite weirdly. Also a few potential scenes strongly demanded a much stronger execution like the one where Rana saves two civilian’s lives in the sea and then returns back to the submarine in the given time.

Having said that, the team still bravely manages to deliver a highly engrossing and worth praising film considering its limited budget, less effective special effects and the fact that it all happens within the restricted areas of a submarine without any added sub-plot or the typical songs. Many brilliantly directed sequences lift up the narration repeatedly such as the heated interactions between the two captains, the senior captain’s emotional final farewell and the decisive ‘up and down’ games being played with the much strong rival in the climax. And for this the film’s writers, background score composer, cinematographer and the editor deserves equal praises too apart from the director, who certainly is capable of making a near perfect film next, if given a better opportunity.

In all, ignoring the forced filmy touches, THE GHAZI ATTACK largely remains a delightfully focused treat led by a talented cast, which is a rarity in the present questionable scenario of Hindi Cinema. So it surely deserves to be given a fair chance as your personal support to such courageous well-made films having no big stars.

Ending on a positive note, it was good to see the film being presented by Karan Johar, since the name has never been associated with such experimental, off beat cinema in the last many years……. raising many new hopes.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

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17 Feb 2017 / Comments ( 6 )
Prakash Bhatia

Hi Bobby ji,
Well said Bobby ji a fully focussed war film that too from hindi film makers.Inspite of spoilers as mentioned by you the film remains a fully engrossing under water film.
Even set wise Om Puri\'s office at Eatern Naval Command looks like an Admiral\'s office and S21 the submarine has been designed to look like Russian submarine. One oversight by costume team the strips on Capt Ran Vijay Singh\'s (K K Menon) shoulders.They have shown three strips and a circle whereas Captain carries 4 strips and a circle on his shoulders.3 strips are adorned by Commander and two and a half by Lt. Commander.

Though this mistake won\'t have any bearing on this wonderful film but still one has to be very partucular about such things.
Hats off to all departments and especially Sankalp Reddy the director and Karan Johar and other producers for giving us such an engrossing film.

Bobby Sing

Hi Prakash Ji,
Glad to know that you loved watching it too as it is indeed one of the rare completely focused war movies from our Hindi Cinema.
(I made the correction as sent in your first comment only)
Thanks a lot for sharing this fine detailing about the stars.

nice review..... after watching movie, thought how the sound from a submarine (national anthem) goes to the another sub marine????
else the movie was good... thank you
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot for your kind words and glad to know that you liked the film too Purnima Ji.
Keep Visiting and Writing in,

Prakash Bhatia

Hi Bobby ji,
I have infact certain queries regarding The Ghazi Attack.One was why they were whispering and was their loud singing of the National Anthem had any logic. I was pretty sure that Sankalp Reddy cannot go wrong. So after lot of search on internet I got the answer.

"Sound is louder in water than in air. Sound travels as waves that bounce off objects. Sound waves travel five times faster in water than in air, and they travel farther"
Another quote of a submariner from a discussion:-
" I asked a Mr.Lunasea (a submariner) and he says that it (whispering) does make a difference.__________when they call quiet it pretty much means all movements and speaking ceases".
Big salute to Sankalp for giving us an authentic war film.

Bobby Sing

Hi Prakash Ji,
Its really great to see that you did all the concerning research and came out with the answers too.
That's truly the work of a sincere movie lover I must say.

However there are two points I have to mention in this regard.
1. Accepting the fact that "Sound is louder and travels faster in water than in air, bouncing off the objects" one gets knowledge of specific scientific facts rightly. But still it doesn't make good sense that a song sung and a whispering done within one submarine can be heard in the other existing at a good distance.

2. However in cinematic terms it also remains a flaw because the director takes extra care to explain all other technical details of a submarine functioning under the water, its range, its limits, the pressure and more. But doesn't explain this sound travel thing ever in the dialogues educating the viewers with a valid reasoning.

So despite having a scientific background it still remains a minus without the backing of any reasoning within the film itself.
But having said, the fact remains that this is indeed a rare, highly authentic war-film from Hindi Cinema without any doubt.


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