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Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

The Ghazi Attack
Director:
Sankalp Reddy
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubatti, Atul Kulkarni and others
Rating: * * *

There have been so few films about the wars India has fought in recent times, that anything seems to be a welcome addition to films on contemporary history.

And, amidst the well-documented reports of the Indo-Pak war of 1971, there is the mostly unknown incident involving an incident at sea (there is a swarm of disclaimers at the beginning), on which Sankalp Reddy’s 'The Ghazi Attack' is based—suitably fictionalised. The setting is the Bay of Bengal, where the Pakistani submarine Ghazi led by Captain Razzak (Rahul Singh), is sent to sink India’s warship Vikrant. Going by intelligence reports, S-21, an Indian submarine under the command of the hot-headed, Pakistan-hating Captain Rann Vijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) is assigned the duty of checking on any Pakistani intrusion. His deputies are the calm Lieutenant Commander Arjun Verma (Rana Dagubbati) and Officer Devaraj (Atul Kulkarni) and there is an internal battle of egos being fought as well.

The sets of the submarines are very well-created and the feeling of claustrophobia is heightened with the tension building inside the testosterone-filled sub (the only female being a redundant Bangladeshi refugee played by Tapsee Pannu) and the exchange of firepower outside.

The main attraction of the film is that it came out with so little advance publicity that audiences do not know what to expect. What they do get is a competently made war film—a little too ambitious for its good.

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