The Ghazi Attack
|The Ghazi Attack|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sankalp Reddy|
|Produced by||Anvesh Reddy|
Prasad V Potluri
Jagan Mohan Vancha
|Written by||Azad Alam|
|Screenplay by||Sankalp Reddy|
Kay Kay Menon
|Narrated by||Chiranjeevi (Telugu)|
Amitabh Bachchan (Hindi)
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||Dharma Productions|
|Box office||₹345 million|
The Ghazi Attack (Ghazi in Telugu) is a 2017 Indian war film written, and directed by Sankalp Reddy. The film, based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and dubbed into Tamil. The film stars Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. The film was released worldwide on 17 February 2017 to positive reviews.
The Ghazi Attack is inspired by true events from the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which submarine PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in 1971.
The film is an underwater tale of the courage and patriotism of the men aboard the Indian Submarine INS Karanj which destroyed the Pakistani PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy INS Vikrant on the shore of R. K. Beach, Visakhapatnam. Pakistan maintains that PNS Ghazi was destroyed by her own underwater mine. The epilogue indicates that the day after the Ghazi incident, Pakistani fighters bomb Indian airfields, marking the beginning of the 1971 Indo-Pak war for liberation of Bangladesh.
The Indian Navy decodes a secret code sent from Pakistan to then-East Pakistan (modern-day Bangladesh) and intelligence report of a Pakistan Navy's submarine called PNS Ghazi, a much more advanced submarine than S21 or any other Indian submarine, being sent through the Bay of Bengal under the command of Cdr. Razak Khan (Rahul Singh). The top command dispatches S21, a submarine, under the command of Capt. Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) for surveillance. To temper Singh's belligerent tendencies, the Indian Navy Admiral assigns Lt. Commander Arjun Varma (Rana Daggubati), with orders to ensure that Singh does not confront any Pakistani warships and trigger a war.
Ghazi blasts a merchant ship to divert attention of the Indian Navy, that has been sent to sink the sole Indian air-craft carrier, INS Vikrant. Arjun saves a girl child and a woman (Taapsee Pannu), who are Bangladeshi refugees. During surveillance, S21 acquires a sonar signal of Ghazi.
Singh believes that they should track down Ghazi and attack, while Arjun obstructs. Singh then orders the ship's EXO, Lt. Commander Santosh Devraj (Atul Kulkarni) to conduct a drill and target Ghazi while doing so. They miss their target narrowly and in the process alert Ghazi of their presence. Razak, orders his crew to head towards Visakhapatnam Port at full speed and to set up mines en-route so that S21 is destroyed in their pursuit.
S21 pursues Ghazi's path and realizes at the last moment that it is headed into mines. It tries to change its course but a mine explodes and damages most of the batteries, propellers and circuits and the compartment with the front torpedoes gets flooded. Singh dies while trying to save Arjun as S21 sinks to the sea-bed.
Meanwhile, Arjun, who by now is in charge of the mission, regroups and work towards reviving S21. The crew notices that the ship is incapable of moving in any direction, except up or down. Since they cannot chase Ghazi, the crew artificially triggers a one of the naval mines in its vicinity to make Ghazi return. Razak, sensing that Ghazi could be walking into a trap, diverts the ship's path and starts attacking S21.
Six torpedoes fired by Ghazi are avoided by S21 through depth changing maneuvers. S21 dives to 350m so that it is no longer within Ghazi's sonar range despite being designed for a maximum of 250m depth. With very limited battery support, Arjun instigates Ghazi into attacking by transmitting his crew singing 'Saare Jahaan se Achchha' and the Indian National Anthem. Riled up by S21's defiance, Razak orders another torpedo attack on S21, for which Ghazi will have to turn by port 180 degrees. Arjun, dives into the flooded compartment to manually trigger the torpedoes and successfully triggers a torpedo. Ghazi also launches its torpedo at the same time. The Ghazi torpedo misses S21 narrowly, but it is hit by an S21 torpedo and disintegrates in water. Arjun is later saved alive from the flooded compartment.
- Rana Daggubati as Lieutenant Commander Arjun Verma, S21
- Kay Kay Menon as Captain Ranvijay Singh, Commanding Officer S21
- Atul Kulkarni as Lieutenant Commander Santosh Devaraj, Executive Officer, S21
- Taapsee Pannu as Ananya, a Doctor turned refugee
- Om Puri as Admiral V.S. Nanda, Indian Navy
- Nassar as Vice Admiral K.T. Raman, Indian Navy
- Milind Gunaji as Girish Kumar, RAW Agent
- Rahul Singh as Commander Razak Mohammad Khan, PN, Ghazi
- Satyadev Kancharana as Rajeev Thakur, Sonar operator S21
- Ravi Varma as Kamalakar Shinde, Battery operator S21
- Priyadarshi Pullikonda as Lt.Nilesh Mishra, Radio operator S21
- Bharath Reddy as B.Sanjay S21
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as Pakistan Navy Staff Officer
- Thiruveer as V.Murthy, Depth Controller, S21
- Jay Jha as Navigation Officer, Ghazi
- Capt SN Ahmed as Lieutenant Taan Singh, Torpedo operator S21
- Niteesh Pandey as N.Tiwari, Steering controller S21
- Kunal Kaushik as Kapil Singh
- Malyaban Lahiri as Ranjan Sengupta, Junior Officer, S21
- Naren Yadav as Ram Sagar S21
- Ramanuj Dubey as Indian cook Iqbal S21
- Ravi Kumar Shada
- Akshay Mittal as Sublieutenant - Indian Naval Navigation Officer S21
Casting and crew
The film stars Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu in the lead along with Kay Kay Menon, Satyadev Kancharana, Atul Kulkarni, Ramanuj Dubey, Kunal Kaushik, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Rahul Singh, Akshay Mittal, Malyaban Lahiri and Naren Yadav. Cinematography is done by Madhi, music composed by K ,Visual Effects Supervisor Vasudeva R Enugala and editing by Sreeker Prasad.
Indian Navy claims to have sunk the PNS Ghazi on December 4, 1971 at the Vishakhapatnam harbour when then Captain Inder Singh of INS Rajput ordered the attack upon it. However the Pakistan Navy dispute the claim; as Pakistan naval inquiries believes the Ghazi might have sunk due to it mistakenly entering its own minefield and collided with one of the mines, which resulted in the violent underwater explosion.
The Ghazi Attack (Hindi) grossed ₹34.53 crore (US$4.8 million) overall, including ₹28 crore (US$3.9 million) in India and $975,000 overseas.
Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 and said that, "While the visuals and special effects lack finesse, the film compensates for it with its riveting story. Despite the hitches, this underwater thriller is worth a watch." Shalini Langer of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5 saying that the film "could have been an engrossing crisis-at-sea drama but the film is so busy slaying Pakistanis that it loses sight of its core strengths." Prasanna D Zore of Rediff said that, "The Ghazi Attack is a riveting telling of a war story" and gave the film a rating of 4 out of 5. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 saying that, "The Ghazi Attack delivers many a riveting moment and is bolstered by the talent of a few capable actors. Its plot however, is devoid of any mystery." Bollywood Hungama gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5 saying that the movie "is a gripping war drama that leaves a stunning impact." Divya Pal of News18 criticized the screenplay and direction of the film and gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5 saying that, "All in all, "The Ghazi Attack" is utterly disappointing."Authors at The Reading Hook featured this film in their list of best Bollywood War Movies ever made and was positively accepted by their readers."
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