The Ghazi Attack
|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
|Distributed by||Dharma Productions|
AA Films (Hindi version)
|Box office||est. ₹34.5 crore (Hindi version)|
Ghazi is a 2017 Indian Telugu-Hindi language war film written and directed by Sankalp Reddy. While filming, The film was simultaneously made in Hindi under the title The Ghazi Attack. Based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the film stars Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. The film which was released worldwide on 17 February 2017 in Telugu and Hindi along with dubbed version in Tamil, opened to positive reviews.
Ghazi is inspired by true events from the Indo-Pakistani War. The story is about an executive naval officer, a submarine of the Indian Navy, and his team, who remained 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's plot is based during the Indo-Pakistani Naval War of 1971. It is about the valour of the crew aboard the Indian submarine INS Karanj (S21), which destroyed the Pakistani PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy INS Vikrant on the shores of Visakhapatnam. At the 65th National Film Awards 2018, the film won the Best Feature Film in Telugu.
In November, 1971, India and Pakistan are on the verge of declaring war on each other, as a result of the refugee crisis precipitated by the Pakistan Army under Operation Searchlight. The Indian Navy and RAW decipher a secret code sent from Pakistan to East Pakistan (modern-day Bangladesh), relating to a possible attack on an Indian naval vessel. The Navy deduces that the target may be INS Vikrant, India's sole aircraft carrier. The top command dispatches the submarine S21, under the command of Cmdr. Ranvijay Singh for recce missions. To temper Singh's belligerent tendencies, the Indian Navy Admiral assigns Lt. Cmdr Arjun Varma to S21, with orders to ensure that Singh does not confront any Pakistani warships and trigger a war.
The Navy's top command soon learns that the Pakistan Navy has dispatched PNS Ghazi, under Cmdr. Razak Khan, to the Bay of Bengal to confront Vikrant. Meanwhile, to divert the attention of the enemy, Ghazi torpedoes an Indian merchant ship. The attack is picked by S21, which races to the scene. Noticing survivors in the wreckage, Arjun jumps into the sea and manages to rescue a girl child and a woman, both of whom are Bengali refugees. During surveillance, S21 acquires a sonar signal of Ghazi.
Singh believes that they should track down Ghazi and attack, while Arjun obstructs, reiterating his instructions. Singh then orders the ship's EXO, Lt. Commander Santosh Devraj to conduct a drill and target Ghazi while doing so, despite Arjun's protests. They fire a torpedo, which misses Ghazi narrowly, thus alerting of their presence. Aware of the enemy's presence, Razak orders his crew to head towards Visakhapatnam Port at full speed and to set up mines en-route, planning to destroy S21.
S21 pursues Ghazi's path and realizes at the last moment that it is headed into mines. Singh and Arjun frantically attempt to change its course but a mine explodes in the stern and damages most of the sub's batteries, propellers and circuits. The sub blows open many leaks, with the forward torpedo compartment flooded, crippling the sub and barring it from firing its forward torpedoes. Singh dies while trying to save Arjun, as S21 sinks to the sea-bed.
Arjun, now in command of the sub, regroups and work towards reviving S21. They manage to clog the sub's leaks and pumps the excess water out, before holding a final farewell for Singh. The crew notice that the vessel is incapable of moving in any direction, except upwards or downwards. Since they are unable to chase Ghazi, the crew artificially trigger one of the naval mines in its vicinity to lure Ghazi to their position. Razak, believing S21 is still operational, orders his crew to turn around to sink S21. Arjun and Devraj plan to lure Ghazi within its range of firing, but a suspicious Razak orders Ghazi's course to be changed at the last minute.
Ghazi, now having the ability to attack S21, fires six torpedoes, all of which are avoided by S21 through depth changing maneuvers, much to Razak's frustration. S21 dives to 350 m, in order to slip from Ghazi's sonar range despite being designed for a maximum of 250 m 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 forward compartment to manually trigger the torpedoes, successfully managing to do so. Ghazi also launches its torpedo at the same time. The torpedo launched by Ghazi misses S21 narrowly, but it is hit by S21's torpedo and disintegrates in the water, killing the entire crew. S21 surfaces and the crew manages to save Arjun from the flooded compartment in the nick of time. S21 is later saved by a patrolling Indian Navy vessel.
The ending titles narrate the mysterious circumstances about Ghazi's fate, with its sinking credited to the actions of INS Rajput. It also mentions that in the aftermath of Ghazi's sinking, India and Pakistan had declared war on each other, which would ultimately result in India's victory, Pakistan's surrender and the creation of Bangladesh.
- Rana Daggubati as Lieutenant Commander Arjun Varma
- Kay Kay Menon as Captain Ran Vijay Singh
- Atul Kulkarni as Lieutenant Commander Santosh Devraj, Executive Officer
- Taapsee Pannu as Dr. Ananya, a Bengali 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 Khan, Ghazi
- Satyadev Kancharana as Rajeev Thakur, Sonar operator S21
- Ravi Varma as Kamalakar Shinde, Battery operator of the S21
- Priyadarshi Pullikonda as Lt. Nilesh Mishra, Radio operator of S21
- Bharath Reddy as B.Sanjay of S21
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as Pakistan Navy Staff Officer
- Thiruveer as V.Murthy, Depth Controller of S21
- Jay Jha as Navigation Officer, Ghazi
- Capt SN Ahmed as Lieutenant Taan Singh, torpedo operator of the S21
- Niteesh Pandey as N.Tiwari, steering controller of the S21
- Kunal Kaushik as Kapil Singh
- Malyaban Lahiri as Ranjan Sengupta, Junior Officer of the S21
- Naren Yadav as Ram Sagar of the S21
- Ramanuj Dubey as Indian cook Iqbal S21
- Ravi Kumar Shada
- Akshay Mittal as Sublieutenant – Indian Naval Navigation Officer S21
- Rama Rao Jadhav as Pump Controller S21
- Laxman Meesala
- Appaji Ambarisha Darbha as Ananya's father
PVP Cinema has produced the film. Karan Johar distributed the Hindi version. The music is composed by K. Visual Effects handled by Eva Motion Studios. The story is based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
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."
Awards and nominations
|3 May 2018||65th National Film Awards||Best Feature Film in Telugu||Ghazi||Won|||
|16 June 2018||65th Filmfare Awards South||Best Film – Telugu||PVP Cinema
|Best Director – Telugu||Sankalp Reddy||Nominated|
|26 August 2018||16th Santosham Film Awards||Best Director||Sankalp Reddy||Won|
|14 & 15 September 2018||7th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Film (Telugu)||PVP Cinema
|Best Director (Telugu)||Sankalp Reddy||Nominated|
|Best Debut Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor (Telugu)||Kay Kay Menon||Nominated|
|Entertainer of the Year||Rana Daggubati||Won|
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