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The Ghazi Attack: A Slow Paced Thriller With No Emotional Content

Posted: February 21, 2017

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The Ghazi Attack is a bilingual Indian­­ film directed by debutante director Sankalp Reddy. This film is inspired by a real life incident of the mysterious sinking of a Pakistani ship called Ghazi in 1971. This incident further led to the outbreak of the India-Pakistan war in 1971.

I enjoy watching war movies and movies like Vijeta, Lakshya and Border continue to be on my favourites list even after so many years. Hence, watching the trailer of The Ghazi Attack intrigued me as it seemed to be the first movie in Bollywood made around war under the sea with a brilliant team of actors. So, The Ghazi Attack was my weekend popcorn choice for entertainment this week.

Ghazi Attack is produced by Dharma Productions (a big name in the entertainment industry) and boasts of a very impressive starcast – Rana Dagubatti, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Tapsee Pannu. The film starts off with the Indian navy team led by Capt Rannvijay Singh(played by Kay Kay Menon ) going on a submarine mission to tackle the Pakistani submarine Ghazi which is on its way to attack Vishakhapatnam. Kay Kay Menon plays the role of an eccentric, patriot Captain who feels that no rules should come in the way when handling an enemy of the nation.

The first half of the film deals with the conflict between Kay Kay Menon and Rana Dagupatti. Rana Dagupatti happens to play the law abiding naval officer, who cannot see eye to eye with his Captain and his strategies. Most of the scenes before the interval felt repetitive and the movie seemed to be heading nowhere. Post interval the Indian submarine is hit by a tornado and the rest of the film focusses on how the naval team manages to keep its submarine afloat and are successful in drowning the Pakistan submarine.

Inspite of having a wonderful team of actors, The Ghazi Attack as a film fails to make an impact. The characterization is flawed; no reasons are given for Kay Kay Menon’s unjustified behavior as an eccentric Captain and his sudden change of heart midway through the movie. The actors are unable to shine in this slow paced mediocre film. Director Sankalp Reddy should be applauded for selecting an unusual theme for his first movie; however, he has a long way to go in terms of direction. The movie faces poor direction, editing and a bad background score. Performances from none of the actors are praiseworthy. One wonders why an actress like Tapsee Pannu chose to be part of such a film which offers her no screen time or importance in the script.

The movie is technically brilliant, and the scenes shot in the submarine are excellent. The film however fails to bring any nail biting tension to the viewer. The submarine keeps navigating to different ocean depths as part of its strategy – blame it on lack of technical knowledge but this simply starts testing the viewer’s patience. There are no real surprises for the viewer and the script moves as predicted. The Pakistani submarine Ghazi drowns at the end, and so does this film. The film is unable to make any emotional connect with the user and does not ignite any feelings of patriotism.

Alas, The Ghazi Attack as a film is disappointing and better avoided!

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