How did Mr Sankalp Reddy make it ?? How did he go about it ? What was the pre production plan ? How could he shoot in such narrow places ?? Well ! this was my first reaction after watching India’s first underwater war film and I salute the first time Film Director Sankalp Reddy.
A war film is very rare in Indian cinema and especially not dealing with romance and dream sequences needs to be lauded, and this particular film The Ghazi Attack has the ability to engross and get you hooked. The best part is that the director has managed to get a really powerful non- star cast comprising of Om Puri, Nasser, Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon and others.
In 1971, a war with Pakistan was imminent as Pakistan is oppressing East Pakistan which is seeking a separation. Pakistan was looking for a surprise attack on Visakhapatnam. The Indian Navy deploys a submarine S21 to keep a watch. The submarine is commanded by Ranvir Singh (Kay Kay Menon) who is a short tempered captain who doesn’t follow instructions and protocols. The officials appoint and give clear instructions to Arjun Varma (Rana Daggubati) who is the second in command of the submarine to make sure that Ranvir Singh doesn’t cross the line and disobey protocols. While doing patrolling, the Indian submarine intercepts the Pakistan’s powerful submarine PNS Ghazi. The rest of the story talks about the story between the two rival captains and how Indian submarine succeeds in destroying PNS Ghazi.
The director has keep all the details in tact and yet simplified the process so that the movie audiences wouldn’t find it difficult to understand. I loved the detailing in this film.
The visuals and CG effects lack finesse, the film compensates for it with its amazing storyline and inspite of limited resources at hand, debutant director Sankalp Reddy manages to make an engaging film . The second half keeps you on the edge of your seat as the submarines go head-to-head, firing torpedoes at each other.
This underwater thriller is worth a watch. It leaves you feeling proud for our indian soldiers, who lay their lives for their country.
Editing by the talented A Sreekar Prasad is sleek. The combination of PVP and Matinee Entertainment which has given a new concept film.
Rana Dagubatti has suited the role well and did a swell job as the Lt. Commander.
Kay Kay Menon is really good as a hot-tempered captain.
Atul Kulkarni is fantastic as the senior captain.
Taapsee Pannu plays the role of a bangladeshi refugee but hardly gets scope to perform.
Satya Dev plays a small but crucial role of sonar operator and contributes well.
Late Om Puri is simply perfect as the key official in Indian Navy.
Overall, The Ghazi Attack is an engaging piece of cinema which should be watched and suported. Jai Hind.