One line Review: The first war at sea film is an edge of the seat thriller, manages to keeps you completely hooked.
Positive Points: The film is a brave attempt on part of the makers. The performances and technical detaining score full points. The gripping plot and story line are its strength. The movie is a nail biting thriller and successfully keeps the viewers hooked throughout, creating the right intensity and tension.
Negative Points: As mentioned in the disclaimer, there are too many cinematic liberties taken so as to enhance the dramatic effect.
Plot: The Indian Navy suspects Pakistani intervention in Indian waters and therefore launches a recce mission which is led by Captain Rann Vijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), Lieutenant Arjun Verma (Rana Daggubati) and Officer Devraj (Atul Kulkarni) with the Indian Submarine S21. Captain Rann Vijay Singh is an aggressive officer who believes in the philosophy that victory does not comes to us naturally, it has to be won! Arjun Verma however has been assigned the duty to maintain peace.
Pakistani war submarine PNS Ghazi with their Captain Razak is planning a dreadful attack on INS Vikrant (India’s aircraft carrier) in order to reach East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by sea. They create diversions, plant explosives, and shoot torpedoes among other things to destroy Indian Submarine S21. They even successfully blasted a portion of S-21, leaving Indian officer’s in a fix.
The story further unfolds when Indian officers take it all on themselves to safeguard Indian coast and fight back the enemy. With limited resources and an emergency situation, how Indian Navy Soldiers fought the Pakistani war giant submarine The Ghazi, is a treat to watch!
Direction and other Technical Aspects: Debutant director Sankalp Reddy deserves all the accolades for this extraordinary attempt. The brilliance with which he executed the script is amazing. There was not much scope to depict the scenario and the entire sequence has been shot in a submarine! Things could easily have gone haywire if the makers have not caught the right intensity. But, the director held the right nerves and hit a jackpot. Especially in the second half, the tension that is created is applause worthy. The war sequence is a nail biting one!
The detailed research and technical aspects in terms of the submarine and its shots are apt. The back ground score could have been improved and could have added the required punch. The film clearly falls short at the special effects and VFX part. The writing and dialogue turn a bit over board at times. However, a few dialogues do manage to touch the right cords. The characters are rightly developed and portrayed.
Performances: Kay Kay Menon as the Captain of the mission manages to crack a fair deal. Though he is seen over doing his stubborn aggressive part but, is justifiable at majority of times.
Rana Daggubati essays a brilliant performance and brings his A game to the table. His calm and composed performance and mature dialogue delivery upgraded the intensity of the drama.
Atul Kulkarni does complete justice to his role. His character of a mediator between the two officers is highly demanding and he fulfils it with full heart.
Late actor Om Puri has a cameo role in the film but an important one. Needless to say, he pulls it off with excellence.
Taapsee Pannu has a small role of a refuge. There is not much substance to her part and she does what is expected out of her character.
Rahul Singh as the Ghazi captain gives an average performance. All other supporting actors do a fair job.
Music: This thriller does not feature songs, which is in favour of the film considering its genre.
Final Verdict: Overall The Ghazi Attack is an impressive war film which is impactful and, an edge of the seat thriller. A must watch for all the thriller lovers! The film earns all the brownie points for the impeccable second half!