By Rohith Raju
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The Ghazi Attack is a sincere naval war drama where actors like Rana, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni have given their heart and soul. How frequently do we get war films? And that too a film about a Naval War? Very rarely! But, The Ghazi Attack comes as a treat to mark the India's first ever movie based on war-at-sea and portrays the feeling of patriotism and courage among the soldiers abroad the INS Vikrant.
This docudrama, set in the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, reveals the unknown truths and circumstances about how the Indian Navy destroyed PNS Ghazi after running an 18 day mission underwater. The mission led under the command of Captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) violates the rules that agitates Arjun Varma (played by Rana Daggubati), a Lieutenant Commander. They both have difference in opinions as Captain Ranvijay is a stern officer who always intends to attack PNS Ghazi. But Arjun doesn't want the Indian navy to attack first as it may trigger yet another war. However, Ranvijay gets his things done with the dubious support of Devraj (Atul Kulkarni), who is the Executive officer. However, when one of Indian Navy’s 'torpedo' against PNS Ghazi fails, the enemy gets alarmed about our presence and the war starts between the both of them. Later Captain Ranvijay dies when INS Vikrant hits a land mine set by PNS Ghazi. Arjun then takes the position of Captain and leads the INS 21. What ensues is a chilling naval encounter that may change the very fate of history.
Kay Kay Menon stuns everyone with a breathtaking performance, personating as a stern Captain. At first, his temperament is showcased as close-minded, but later we get to know his intention and ideology. For me, it's the Kay Kay Menon who is the real hero of the movie. On the other hand, Rana Daggubati is a predominant commander and risks his life to make the mission success in the end. Atul Kulkarni is another central character the film revolves around; he gets brushed by the affecting orders of Captain Ranvijay. He changes hats according to the situations and leaves an impact with this inspiring film. Tapsee is a misfit in the film and it’s like pushing her into a role which at no given point didn't test her credibility. Late veteran actor Om Puri appears in a small yet apt role while Satyadev Kancharana grabs everyone's attention as a sonar operator, passing crucial information to the officers.
As it’s impossible to narrate the film precisely, the writers have blended fiction in a convincing fashion and besides, they don't made it look exaggerated. Gunnam Gangaraju is back after a very long time, writing some nostalgic dialogues which will stir your soul with patriotism. The dialogue, especially, which comes in second half when Rana takes the lead and tries to trigger the crew with his stimulating message, I am quite sure you won’t forgot this scene even after coming out of the theater.
Debutant Sankalp Reddy has handled a very complicated film at the very beginning of his career; we hardly can see flaws in the execution. And it seems most of the scenes conceived in the film are adopted from his book 'Ghazi'. There's so much ahead for him in films. Furthermore, Madhie's experience lessens the job of the debutant. His cutting edge visuals either inside the submarine or underwater are appealing. The film's running length is a major asset for the movie and kudos to the multiple National Award-winner Sreekar Prasad. Moreover, the second half of the movie, which is very gripping, will make you sit at edge of the seat with the intense suspense war scenes.
Also, with the Telugu version of the film packing a punch, it’s the right time for the typical viewers of Tollywood to raise their hands and support for a film like. The team has put in a wholehearted effort to chronicle a story that many of us don’t know and at the same time made it look authentic with the budget they are provided, making it easily the best to come from Telugu cinema in the recent times.
You cannot afford to miss this war drama which tells an unheard story, and which needs your compassion. Please buy your time to watch this underwater tale. Two thumbs up for the entire team of The Ghazi Attack.
The Ghazi Attack trailer (YouTube)
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