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Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Tapsee Pannu
Director: Sankalp Reddy
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes

If we flip through history, various stories and reports have cropped up about wars but it still leads to an unsolved puzzle of the 1971 submarine war between India and Pakistan which many people do not know about! 

But, an exception is made with The Ghazi Attack that narrates episodes of Indian Submarine S-21 attacked by Ghazi, various machinations, which subsequently resulted in the sinking of the latter at the India’s Eastern coast.  

The story is about hot-headed captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), his second-in-command Devraaj (Atul Kulkarni) and righteous officer Arjun Varma (Rana Daggubati); who remain underwater for 18 days. They have been assigned a search mission after a tip-off to scour the Bay of Bengal for possible Pakistani vessel infiltrating the Indian waters. Ghazi plans to target India’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikarnt in order to reach East Pakistan by sea.  Kay Kay Menon plays a rebellious role where his determined hatred for Pakistanis is seen in the first half of the movie.  Arjun too is wonderfully poised on board and tries to avoid war. However, he changes his decision and leads the second half by getting into the war zone. And, Devraj, with his minimal expressions, beautifully tries to keep peace between Singh and Arjun. Taapsee had very little to play around but still made an impact.  

The war between the two submarines ensue and the obvious results will still keep you on the edge of your seat. More than 90 per cent of the movie is shot within the submarine that looked minblowingly real. This is new for the Indian audience, as they have only seen wars on borders or that which involved aircrafts. The special effects score ten on ten especially when the Indian Submarine hits the landmine planted by the Pakistani vessel. With no mainstream commercial elements, The Ghazi Attack sticks to its genre. The plot is crisp, tight and neat. Your patriotic corner in the heart will feel proud for the Indian navy while you see the actions unwind on the screen.

Lastly, kudos to Sankalp Reddy, a debutant director of The Ghazi Attack, who made India’s first war-at-sea flick which undeniably makes it a must-watch!
3.5 shors out of 5

Reviewed by: Ami Gandhi

Tags: #MovieReview: THE GHAZI ATTACK

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